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US indicts Indonesian for breaking Iran sanctions

An airplane of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in the Yemeni capital on March 1, 2015. (AFP) December 18, 2019 The US Justice Department charged an Indonesian Tuesday with violating sanctions on Iran in supplying millions of dollars worth of new and refurbished aircraft parts to [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|East Asia, Indonesia, North America, USA|

Rouhani’s Japan trip: A new opportunity or another futile effort?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani steps off his plane in Tehran. (AP) December 18, 2019 On December 15, Iran’s former Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Javed Ghorban Ogli warned authorities about the society’s vibrant situation and the threat of nationwide protests resurging. Regarding international economic pressures, which practically debilitated the regime, he [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran demands $6 billion oil payment from South Korea

South Korea's top refiner SK Energy's main factory is seen in Ulsan,  February 25, 2019. (REUTERS) December 17, 2019 Iran’s Foreign Ministry called in the South Korean ambassador last month to demand payment of 7 trillion won ($6 billion) for oil it sold to the Asian country, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing officials it [...]

By |December 17th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran’s Rouhani ‘finalizing’ first visit to Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (REUTERS) December 17, 2019 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is finalizing with Japan a visit to Tokyo, officials in Tehran said Monday, in what will be the first [...]

By |December 17th, 2019|East Asia|

Tehran, Moscow and Beijing – an unholy alliance?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. (AFP) By Baria Alamuddin December 16, 2019 Donald Trump’s punitive policies are having the unexpected consequence of creating a tactical marriage of convenience between Russia, China and Iran. Traditional [...]

By |December 16th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

Iran prepares for joint drills with Russia and China, is ready to sail ‘across the Atlantic’

Iran has sought to invest in its naval prowess as tensions flare in critical waterways just off the shores of the Islamic Republic. (Tasnim) By Tom O'Connor December 13, 2019 leading Iranian military official revealed new details about his country's first-ever trilateral exercise with major powers Russia and China, claiming Iran's ships would also [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

China quietly ramps up oil production in Iran

A general view shows a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran November 19, 2015. (REUTERS) By Simon Watkins December 12, 2019 The supergiant Azadegan oil field, comprising major north and south sites, is as important to Iran’s overall strategic plan to survive the current sanctions [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|East Asia|

Japan PM Abe discussing Japan visit by Iranian President Rouhani

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (REUTERS) December 9, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

Russia, Iran, China to hold joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 4, 2019 Russia, Iran, and China will hold joint naval maneuvers on December 27, Russia’s TASS news agency cited a senior Iranian naval official as saying on Tuesday. TASS did not report where they would be held. This coincides with [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

China’s trade with Iran declines by close to 40 percent in 2019

Cars of the Iranian delegation are seen parked outside a building of the Diaoyutai state guesthouse as Iranian FM Javad Zarif meets Chinese State Councillor and FM Wang Yi in Beijing, China, May 13, 2018. (REUTERS) December 2, 2019 The latest figures published by China’s customs show trade with Iran in October dropped to [...]

By |December 2nd, 2019|East Asia|