Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

India-Iran ties: Modi, Rouhani sign 12 agreements in Tehran

May 24, 2016
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International Business Times    

"On the second day of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Iran, the two countries signed a dozen agreements, one of them a tripartite transit and transport deal involving Afghanistan. The deals, signed Monday, include infrastructure projects, energy partnerships, bilateral trade, cultural exchange and intelligence sharing, with a focus on terrorism. The most talked about contract was for the development of the Chabahar port in the Gulf of Oman on Iran’s southeastern coast. India will invest $500 million in the first phase of the project, which include two terminals and five multi-cargo berths, to be developed by India Ports Global Private Ltd. in partnership with Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization." (05/24/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/india-iran-ties-pm-modi-president-rouhani-sign-12-agreements-tehran-2373240  

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SCOTUS upholds use of stolen Iranian money to pay victims of terrorism

April 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld actions taken by Congress and President Obama that held Iran financially responsible for acts of terrorism dating back to the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. The 6-2 ruling by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a victory for victims and their surviving family members, who had sought access to some $2 billion in assets controlled by Iran in a U.S. bank." (04/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/20/supreme-court-iran-terrorism-compensation-beirut-bombing/83275082/  

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Iran: Regime shows off Russian S-300 defense system on Army Day

April 17, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Iran showed off parts of its new Russian S-300 missile defense system during National Army Day on Sunday, where President Hassan Rouhani said the country's armed forces were no threat to neighboring countries. ... Russia delivered the first part of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran last week, one of the most advanced systems of its kind that can engage multiple aircraft and ballistic missiles around 150 km (90 miles) away. Russia has said it canceled a contract to deliver S-300s to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West. President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban in April 2015, after an interim agreement that paved the way for July's full nuclear deal with Iran that ended international sanctions." (04/17/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/us-iran-army-rouhani-idINKCN0XE0G7  

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Arabian Sea: US-flagged pirates seize thousands of Iranian weapons, including grenade launchers

April 5, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The crew of a U.S. Navy ship stopped a massive Iranian arms shipment dead in its tracks, seizing thousands of weapons, AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers that likely were headed to Yemen, the Pentagon announced Monday. The seizure, which unfolded in the Arabian Sea on March 28, was the third of its kind in recent weeks, military officials say. Iran has been supporting Houthi rebels [sic] in Yemen in their proxy war against a Saudi-led coalition [of invaders] backed by the United States. Like Iran, the Houthis are a Shia-led group." (04/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/04/us-seizes-thousands-iranian-weapons-including-grenade-launchers-in-arabian-sea.html  

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Air France won’t force air hostesses to wear veil

April 4, 2016
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The Local [France]    

"Air France has moved to defuse a growing dispute by agreeing to make an exception for those air hostesses and female pilots who refuse to fly from Paris to Tehran because they don't want to wear the veil. France's national carrier has found a compromise agreement with unions after staff complained about having to wear the veil when on flights to Tehran, when they resume on April 17th. ... Air France suspended flights to Iran in 2008 but is resuming the service after international sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme were lifted." (04/04/16)

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160404/air-france-comprises-on-forcing-female-staff-to-wear-veil  

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The Iran deal bears some fruit

March 17, 2016
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Iranians have seemed to vindicate the Obama administration’s decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation with the Islamic republic by electing moderate reformers. The most important objective with the nuclear agreement was to stop movement toward a nuclear weapon. There never was any reason to believe the GOP hawks who argued that the U.S. need only maintain sanctions while huffing and puffing a little more to make Tehran surrender to American dictates. When Washington rejected previous Iranian overtures Tehran added centrifuges. The deal was struck because it was a deal, which meant Iran’s government received benefits too. So far the agreement has pushed Tehran back from developing nuclear weapons and triggered a stronger fight for reform in Iran. That’s a much better start than many observers expected. The accord ended any potential nuclear weapons program for now. And so far Tehran is living up to the accord." (03/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/iran-deal-bears-some-fruit  

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Kings of the wild frontier

March 15, 2016
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The Cobden Centre
by Tim Price  

"It has a young, highly educated population. 60% of its people are under the age of 35. It has a literacy rate of over 85%. Almost a quarter of a million new engineers graduate from its universities every year. And its stock market trades on a price / earnings multiple of just 5.5 times, with a dividend yield of 13%. Welcome to Iran. Is this one of the investment world's big opportunities, asks Merryn Somerset-Webb in her FT column this weekend? It very well might be. The question for foreign investors is whether those attractive valuations offer sufficient compensation for the clear geo-political and resource-related risks that come with investing today in the Middle East. Nobody knows the answer to that question." (03/15/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/03/kings-of-the-wild-frontier/  

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Russia: Regime’s energy monopoly proposes gas deal with Iran

March 14, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Russian energy minister says Gazprom, Russia's state gas monopoly, has put forward proposals for the development of oil fields in Iran. Alexander Novak spoke at bilateral trade discussions in Tehran on Monday. He underscored Moscow's desire to strengthen trade relations with Iran and said the countries were considering opening a free-trade zone, according to reports from Russia's Tass news agency." (03/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/14/russia-gazprom-proposes-gas-deal-with-iran.html  

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Iran election: Reformists win all 30 Tehran seats

February 29, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Allies of Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won a landslide victory in Tehran, in the first parliamentary vote since Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers. With 90% of the votes counted, the pro-Rouhani List of Hope is set to take all 30 parliamentary seats in the capital. ... The parliamentary result in Tehran is significant because lawmakers from the capital usually determine the political direction of the house, analysts say. However, reformists look to have done less well in constituencies outside the capital." (02/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35681250  

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Iran: Moderates to test hardliners’ grip on power in vote

February 25, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Friday's vote for Iran’s parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the body that will pick the next supreme leader, have assumed an importance well beyond the perennial battles between hardliners entrenched in power and reformists seeking to unseat them. These are the first elections since Tehran reached an accord with major powers to curb its nuclear program, leading to the removal of most of the punitive international sanctions that have strangled the economy over the past decade. The breakthrough took place under pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani, who sees it as a springboard for Iran to reintegrate into the international community and return to world markets. But hardline opponents are determined to prevent it leading to any liberalization of the Islamic system through the ballot box." (02/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-future-insight-idUSKCN0VY1CD  

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Russia: Iranian defense minister in Moscow to boost military ties

February 17, 2016
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Military Times    

"Iran's defense minister is visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation. Gen. Hossein Dehghan met Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin and also also with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu. ... Russia has a contract with Iran to deliver long-range S-300 air defense missiles, and Tehran also has expressed interest in other Russian weapons." (02/16/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/02/16/iranian-defense-minister-moscow-boost-military-ties/80462222/  

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Past as prologue? What North Korea teaches us about Iran’s nuclear program

February 14, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall and Gregory D. Koblentz  

"Critics have consistently argued that Iran, like North Korea, will disregard the nuclear deal and develop nuclear weapons covertly with the help of funding generated by the easing of economic and financial sanctions. Is Cruz right? Does North Korea foreshadow the inevitable acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran? Yes and no. On one level, Cruz is absolutely correct to connect the two; there are many similarities between the two situations that do, indeed, suggest that Iran will eventually develop a nuclear weapon. ... From a policy perspective, however, Cruz is wrong." (02/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/past-prologue-what-north-korea-teaches-us-about-irans-nuclear-program  

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Is Bernie Sanders really naive about Iran?

January 26, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart  

"In the final days before she and Bernie Sanders face the voters of Iowa, Hillary Clinton is leveling the same attack she leveled against Barack Obama. She’s saying that on foreign policy, she's the only adult in the race. In their January 17 debate, Sanders declared that, 'What we've got to do is move as aggressively as we can to normalize relations with Iran. ... Can I tell you that we should open an embassy in Tehran tomorrow? No, I don't think we should. But I think the goal has got to be, as we’ve done with Cuba, to move in warm relations with a very powerful and important country in this world.' When the debate ended, Team Hillary pounced." (01/26/16)

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/sanders-clinton-iran-debate/427065/  

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Iran’s Rouhani starts first official visit to Europe

January 25, 2016
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Buenos Aires Herald [Argentina]    

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flew to Italy today at the start of his first official visit to Europe, looking to sign multi-billion dollar contracts to help to modernize Iran's economy after years of crippling financial sanctions. Heading a 120-strong delegation of Iranian business leaders and ministers, Rouhani will spend two days in Rome before flying to France on Wednesday, hoping to burnish Tehran's international credentials at a time of turmoil across the Middle East." (01/25/16)

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/207442/irans-rouhani-starts-historic-visit-to-europe  

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Iran: Regime gives order to boost crude oil output amid global glut

January 19, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Iran's oil ministry issued an order to increase production by 500,000 barrels a day as the country moved ahead with plans to add supply to a glutted market even at the risk of contributing to a price collapse. The increase is possible now that Iran is unfettered by sanctions on its crude exports, the ministry's news agency Shana reported Monday, citing comments by Roknoddin Javadi, managing director of state-run National Iranian Oil Co." (01/18/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-18/iran-gives-order-to-boost-crude-oil-output-amid-global-glut  

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Iran: Regime disables reactor, awaits end of sanctions

January 12, 2016
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Columbus Dispatch    

"Iran removed the core of its plutonium reactor and filled it with cement on Monday, paving the way for economic and financial sanctions to be lifted soon. The work that effectively rendered the reactor at Arak harmless was the last major hurdle for Iran to fulfill its commitments under a landmark deal reached just shy of six months ago in Vienna. The International Atomic Energy Agency still must verify that everything was done satisfactorily before U.S. and international sanctions can be lifted. But that is expected to take days, not weeks." (01/11/16)

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2016/01/11/iran-disables-reactor-awaits-end-of-sanctions.html  

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Bahrain, Sudan cut ties with Tehran as crisis widens in Saudi-Iran split

January 4, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Bahrain and Sudan joined Saudi Arabia in severing diplomatic relations with Iran on Monday as the worst crisis in three decades between the region's rival Sunni and Shiite powers drew worldwide expressions of alarm. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, recalled its ambassador from Tehran in a downgrading of diplomatic ties to focus mainly on commercial affairs. Dubai is the base for many Iranian-run businesses. As the diplomatic storm widened, Russia offered to mediate and China was among the nations expressing concern at the implications of the rupture, which was touched off by Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and is rapidly polarizing the already splintered region." (01/04/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/bahrain-cuts-ties-with-tehran-as-crisis-widens-in-saudi-iran-split/2016/01/04/145c8824-b271-11e5-8abc-d09392edc612_story.html  

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Saudi regime cuts diplomatic relations with Iranian regime over execution protests

January 4, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had severed ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities in Saudi Arabia had been given 48 hours to leave." (01/03/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/saudi-arabia-cuts-diplomatic-relations-iran-over-execution-protests-n489436  

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Republicans blast Kerry for suggesting Iran could get around new security theatrics

December 22, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Republicans on Monday blasted Secretary of State John Kerry for suggesting in a letter to his Iranian counterpart that the administration could help the country get around new visa restrictions passed by Congress. ... At issue are tightened security [sic] requirements for America's visa waiver program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without visas. Under changes in the newly signed spending bill, people from those countries who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan in the past five years must now obtain visas to enter the U.S. Top Tehran officials, however, complained the changes violate the terms of the nuclear deal, which says the U.S. and other world powers will refrain from any policy intended to adversely affect normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran." (12/22/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/22/republicans-blast-kerry-for-suggesting-iran-could-skirt-new-visa-rules.html  

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Russia: Putin signs decree lifting barriers to enriched uranium imports from Iran

November 23, 2015
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TASS [Russian state media]    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree harmonizing the restrictions imposed earlier on cooperation between Russia and Iran with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tehran's nuclear program. The text of the document has been posted on the official web portal of legal information. This document effectively cancels all previous restrictions imposed on cooperation with Iran in nuclear energy and gives a go-ahead to the development of cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field, in particular, in the area of enriched uranium imports from Iran, including equipment supplies." (11/23/15)

http://tass.ru/en/economy/838503  

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Rouhani refuses to eat with Hollande over wine

November 12, 2015
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Newsy    

"A French Bordeaux. It pairs well with red meat or stew, but pairs poorly with visiting Iranian diplomats. France's government found that out the hard way when they planned a formal dinner for Prime Minister Francois Hollande and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. French radio station RTL reported that the Iranian delegation demanded a meal with no alcohol and halal meat, which is an Islamic custom that has to do with the way an animal is slaughtered before consumption. The French balked at the idea of a dinner without wine, suggesting they do breakfast instead. But the Middle Eastern country's leadership said that menu looked too cheap, so they settled for a conversation with no food whatsoever." (11/11/15)

http://www.newsy.com/videos/iran-s-president-refuses-to-eat-with-french-over-wine/  

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Iran: Regime may quit Syria talks, in worsening spat with Saudi regime

November 2, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"Iran said today it would quit Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the 'negative role' of Saudi Arabia, in the latest twist in a spat between the regional rivals that bodes ill for efforts to ease turmoil across the Middle East. ... World and regional powers including Iran and Saudi Arabia met in Vienna on Friday to discuss a political solution to Syria's civil war but failed, as expected, to reach a consensus on the future of President Bashar al-Assad. Iran backs Assad in the war while Saudi Arabia supports rebels seeking to oust him." (11/02/15)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/iran-says-may-quit-syria-talks-in-worsening-spat-with-saudi-rival-1239253  

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Iran: Khamenei approves nuclear deal — with conditions

October 21, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Iran's Supreme Leader has conditionally approved the nuclear deal signed between his country and six world powers in July. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's official website carries a letter from the Supreme Leader to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani endorsing the deal, subject to certain conditions. The nuclear deal will be rendered void if any future sanctions are imposed on Iran by any country, or under any pretext -- including 'human rights' and 'alleged support of terrorism,' according to the letter." (10/21/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/middleeast/iran-nuclear-deal/  

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Iran deal closer to reality as US prepares sanctions waivers

October 20, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The United States approved conditional sanctions waivers for Iran on Sunday, though it cautioned they would not take effect until Tehran has curbed its nuclear program as required under a historic nuclear deal reached in Vienna on July 14. ... Several senior U.S. officials, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said actual sanctions relief for Iran was at least two months away. Sunday was 'adoption day' for the deal, which came 90 days after the U.N. Security Council endorsed the agreement reached by Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China under which most sanctions on Iran would be lifted in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear activities." (10/18/15)

http://reut.rs/1ODNbXm  

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Iran: Parliament passes bill approving nuclear deal

October 14, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Iran's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday supporting a nuclear deal with world powers, signaling a victory for the government over conservative opponents of the agreement and clearing the way for it to be implemented. ... The bill was passed with 161 votes for, 59 against and 13 abstentions, state news agency IRNA said. It had passed a preliminary vote on Sunday by a smaller margin, and will now be submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law." (10/13/15)

http://nbcnews.to/1PqMSOD  

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