Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Iran’s central bank won’t bite off more than it can chew

TEHRAN, Iran — Most economists and monetary policymakers in Iran have been supportive of getting rid of the country’s dual foreign exchange rate system by as soon as March 20, 2017, when the current Iranian fiscal year comes to an end. However, there appears to be a gulf between...

Whither the Iran Deal Under Trump?

How the president-elect might pick apart one of the Obama administration's signature accomplishments. In the aftermath of Donald Trump's upset victory, no foreign policy question looms larger than the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. That central component of President Barack Obama’s legacy was the focus of Trump's contempt on...

EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran freight firms

The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an easing of trade restrictions, letters sent from the EU showed. The move, which comes at a critical time in...

Iran’s Supreme Leader says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Iran's Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told hundreds of workers that a global deal, signed between Iran and world powers, had lifted financial sanctions, but U.S. obstruction was stopping Iran...

First Silk Road train arrives in Tehran from China

Tehran (AFP) - The first train to connect China and Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday loaded with Chinese goods, reviving the ancient Silk Road, the Iranian railway company said. The train, carrying 32 containers of commercial products from eastern Zhejiang province, took 14 days to make the 9,500-kilometre (5,900-mile)...

Twelve Years Later, We Know the Winner in Iraq: Iran

Think of it as the American half-century in the Middle East: from August 17, 1953, when a CIA oil coup brought down democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the Shah as Washington’s man in Tehran, to May 1, 2003, when George W. Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln off...

Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

(Reuters) - Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signaling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim...

Arab League agrees on military force to combat Iran

Arab leaders agreed in principle Sunday to create a combined military force capable of battling Islamic militants and groups aligned with Iran, such as the Houthi rebels in Yemen now under attack from Arab-led forces. The fledgling Arab League deal, reached in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, could...

Iran Revokes Russia’s Use of Air Base, Saying Moscow Betrayed Trust

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran on Monday annulled permission for Russian planes to fly bombing runs into Syria from an Iranian base, only a week after having granted such extraordinary access, saying that the Kremlin had been unacceptably public and arrogant about the privilege. The about-face and the explanation for it...

U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward. Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other...

Iran Links to Eurasia with Persian Canal

With the US and EU economic sanctions gone, it’s becoming clear that Iran today wants to build not destroy as the West seems hell-bent to do. The latest is announcement that Teheran has decided to proceed with a major infrastructure project which will take perhaps a decade to complete—an...

Europeans line up to do business with Iran while Americans wait

MOSCOW — European businesses were set Sunday to speed back onto the Iranian market, hours after crippling international sanctions were lifted on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s pledge to put its nuclear program on ice. The flurry of investor excitement and the sheer size of Iran’s economy had some analysts...
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Watch Colin Powell: The Iran Deal is a Good Deal, Republicans Are Lying

In this video, George Bush’s former Secretary of State comes out championing President Obama’s historical nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, praising it as a good deal and solidly rejected the fearmongering and hyperbolic doomsday prophecies of his fellow Republicans: “It’s a pretty good deal... I know there...

Can Rouhani reel in the IRGC’s financial empire?

For months, Iran’s hardliners have used the term “JCPOA” — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — to undermine the credibility of President Hassan Rouhani's administration. Over the past couple of weeks, they have adopted the term “FATF” — the Financial Action Task Force — which according to the Iranian hardliners represents a “capitulation” of Iranian...

It’s Time to Negotiate With Iran Over Syria

The war won’t end until Assad’s most powerful backer has a seat at the table — and that isn’t Putin. Whenever there has been a glimmer of light in the Syrian war, it has always been quickly extinguished. Take the cease-fire agreement reached in September by Washington and Moscow. After...

U.S. Military Should Stay Home: America, Not Iran, Is Biggest Threat To Mideast Stability

The Obama administration’s decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East. One complaint is that the talks were not broad enough. They did not address Iran’s malign intervention throughout the Middle East. These critics denounced Tehran’s imperial...

Iran’s Hollow Threats to Close the Strait of Hormuz

Tehran is again trying to use its hold over a key global choke point to pressure Washington and others. But it’s much easier said than done. This week, Iran has escalated a war of words over American access to the Persian Gulf and threatened to close the vital waterway to...

Iran and the Middle East: Who’s Afraid of Russia’s S-300 Air Defense System?

The executive order issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which lifts the ban on the export of weapons systems to Iran, has been met with sharp condemnation by Israel, and admonishment from the United States. While Moscow has yet to make a final decision on if/when it will begin supplying the...

Bolton calls regime change the only long-term solution in Iran

John Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations and a contender to be the next secretary of state, argued Thursday that the United States should support a push for regime change in Iran, calling it the “only long-term solution” to threats the country poses in the Middle East. “The...

The US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Regional Political Re-alignments

Any probable nuclear deal between the United States of America and Iran is likely to result in giving a new trajectory to their bi-lateral relations; however, it is not the US-Iran relations alone that would enter a new phase of political history. As a matter of fact, this deal...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Meets With European Bankers in Iran-Business Push

Move meant to ensure that Tehran sees the relief that the U.S. and others pledged it in January. LONDON—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with heads of some of Europe's biggest banks in London on Thursday to address their concerns about doing business in Iran, in a controversial push...

The Iran Deal and Its Consequences

Mixing shrewd diplomacy with defiance of U.N. resolutions, Iran has turned the negotiation on its head. The announced framework for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has the potential to generate a seminal national debate. Advocates exult over the nuclear constraints it would impose on Iran. Critics question the verifiability...

India’s $500 Million Bet on Iran

New Delhi hopes a giant new Iranian port will help meet its energy needs — and outflank Pakistan. India's plan to spend $500 million on a new port complex on Iran's Indian Ocean coast caps a decade-long quest to find a way to get sorely needed supplies of energy. But...

Iran Seeks Russian Fire Power

After decades of isolation from the international arms market, Iran is gearing up for a military shopping spree. Lagging behind U.S.-equipped regional rivals, it has turned to Russia for assistance. On Feb. 15, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan landed in Moscow for a two-day visit. According to media reports, Tehran...

Germany Says Iran Kept Trying to Get Nuclear Equipment After Deal

Iran continued trying to illegally procure nuclear equipment from Germany after forging last year’s landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, German intelligence officials said, even as the Foreign Ministry in Berlin and the White House played down the reports. German authorities detected repeated efforts by Iran-tied companies and organizations to...

Who’s to blame for US seizure of $2 billion in Iranian assets?

After the US Supreme Court ruled April 20 that families of victims of a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut are allowed access to $2 billion of funds belonging to Iran in a New York bank, officials from the administration of President Hassan Rouhani blamed the previous administration for the...

Saudi FM: Iran shouldn’t get deals it doesn’t deserve

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Monday that Iran should not be given “deals it does not deserve,” in reference to the looming nuclear agreement between Tehran and the major powers. Prince al-Faisal made the statement during a joint press conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran: The Impact on Oil and Natural Gas Trends

Most immediately, lifted sanctions on Iran's oil and gas industry could spur tensions with other energy producers, such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. In last week's State of the Union Address, President Obama threatened to veto new legislation affecting five issues, four of them in the domestic policy arena...

Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own

Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own. A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with...

Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales

Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National...

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