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Iran using Malaysia to sidestep U.S. sanctions on oil exports

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) June 29, 2019 Iran is "secretly selling oil" by getting assistance from Malaysia to sidestep U.S. sanctions, reports say. Referring to the latest findings by a Sweden-based [...]

By |June 29th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran envoy to Japan seeks support over US crisis

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) June 25, 2019 Iran’s ambassador to Japan is seeking international support to ease Mideast tensions and demands Washington stop hostilities toward Tehran Morteza Rahmani Movahed said [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran-China trade drops 35 percent in 2019

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) June 24, 2019 The latest official figures from China show that its trade with Iran suffered a substantial drop in the first five months of [...]

By |June 24th, 2019|East Asia|

The death of Iran’s Japanese dream

A handout photo made available by the Iranian supreme leader office shows Khamenei (R) talking to Abe during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, 13 June 2019. (EPA) By Amir Taheri June 22, 2019 In a recent column, I talked about Japan’s “Iranian dream” the latest sequence of which consisted of Shinzo Abe’s visit to [...]

By |June 22nd, 2019|East Asia|

Japan’s PM asks Iran to release American captives

A handout photo made available by the Iranian supreme leader office shows Khamenei (R) talking to Abe during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, 13 June 2019. (EPA) June 15, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked Iranian leaders during his Tehran visit to release Americans detained by the country at the request of [...]

By |June 15th, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

South Korea halts all imports of Iranian oil in May

South Korea's top refiner SK Energy's main factory is seen in Ulsan, about 410 km (256 miles) southeast of Seoul, February 25, 2009. (REUTERS) June 15, 2019 South Korea halted all imports of Iranian oil in May, customs data showed on Saturday, as waivers on US sanctions against Iran ended at the start [...]

By |June 15th, 2019|East Asia|

Khamenei to Japan PM: Trump ‘not worthy of exchanging messages’

Khamenei (R) talking to Abe during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, 13 June 2019. (EPA) June 13, 2019 Iran's supreme leader said on Thursday he does not consider US President Donald Trump "worthy" of exchanging messages with, vowing not to repeat Tehran’s “bitter experience” of negotiations with Washington. "I don't consider Trump as [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

Japan PM Shinzo Abe to meet Iran’s Khamenei, Rouhani this week

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) June 11, 2019 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on a visit to Tehran this week, [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran says selling oil through ‘unconventional’ means

An Panamanian tanker docks at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, March 12, 2017. (AFP) June 8, 2019 Iran is keeping up oil sales through “unconventional” means to circumvent US sanctions, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in an interview published Saturday. “We [...]

By |June 8th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Why is Japan’s Abe going to Iran? What can he accomplish?

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) June 7, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to visit Iran next week in an apparent mediation mission to ease the tension between Iran [...]

By |June 7th, 2019|East Asia|