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Singapore threatens to auction off Chinese tanker violating Iran sanctions

Singapore port authorities had seized two oil tankers owned by the Chinese Kunlun Shipping Company carrying Iranian petroleum products. (AFP) By Dalga Khatinoglu November 13, 2019 A court in Singapore has given the owner of a tanker carrying Iranian liquid gas (LPG) a week to either come forward or it would place the vessel [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|East Asia|

U.S. sets sights on shipping companies for Iran sanctions evasions

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) November 7, 2019 The United States will target shipping companies that are in breach of sanctions and aggressively enforce measures across the globe to clamp down on such practices, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday. In one of [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

S. Korea’s exports of humanitarian goods to Iran halted

Iranians shop at an open market in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran, on April 24, 2019. (AFP) November 2, 2019 South Korea's exports of humanitarian goods to Iran have effectively been halted as US sanctions on the country have intensified, a source said Thursday. Financial transactions between Seoul and Tehran for shipments of [...]

By |November 2nd, 2019|East Asia|

Iranians in Malaysia say banks close their accounts as US sanctions bite

An Iranian man withdraws money from an ATM machine at a Bank Sepah in the capital Tehran on January 19, 2016. (AFP) October 30, 2019 Banks in Malaysia are closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies, nearly a dozen affected people told Reuters, in a sign that US sanctions are having a [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|East Asia|

Large decline in Iranian exports to China tilts trade balance

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi iduring their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China February 19, 2019. (REUTERS) By Dalga Khatinoglu October 26, 2019 The latest figures published by China Customs show a dramatic fall for Iranian imports in September 2019, compared to the [...]

By |October 26th, 2019|East Asia|

Asylum-seeking Iranian beauty queen still in custody at Manila airport

Bahareh Zare Bahari, Iran's representative to the Miss Intercontinental pageant in 2018. (FB) October 23, 2019 An Iranian beauty queen seeking asylum in the Philippines remains incarcerated at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport almost a week after she was barred from entering the southeast Asian country due to an Interpol red notice. Bahareh [...]

By |October 23rd, 2019|East Asia, Woman|

Japan, France offer loan for Iran’s full JCPOA compliance

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 25, 2018. (AFP) October 22, 2019 Japan and France have proposed a joint plan to provide Iran with a loan of about $18.4 billion to be secured by oil [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|East Asia, Europe|

Iranian beauty queen seeks asylum in Philippines

Bahareh Zare Bahari, Iran's representative to the Miss Intercontinental pageant in 2018. (FB) October 21, 2019 An Iranian beauty queen is seeking asylum in the Philippines because she fears for her life in Tehran. Bahareh Zare Bahari, who was Iran's entry at the Miss Intercontinental pageant in 2018, is in the custody of [...]

By |October 21st, 2019|East Asia, Woman|

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ about untrackable China ships carrying Iran oil

An oil tanker is seen at a crude oil terminal in Ningbo Zhoushan port, Zhejiang province, China May 16, 2017. Picture taken May 16, 2017. (Reuters) October 17, 2019 The White House is warning Chinese shipping companies against turning off their ships’ transponders to hide Iranian oil shipments in violation of U.S. sanctions, [...]

By |October 17th, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran joins Eurasian Economic Union to combat US sanctions

Iran will join the Eurasian Economic Union in an effort to bolster its economy. (Reuters) By Faramarz Davar October 15, 2019 In their latest attempt to cope with the heavy impact of United States-imposed sanctions, Iran’s leaders are hopeful that the country will enjoy some much-needed economic respite as it joins the Eurasian Economic Union, a [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|East Asia, Europe, Russia|