Major powers, except US, try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits the control room of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (AFP) September 22, 2018 Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|

Just how low can Iran’s oil exports go?

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) By Tsvetana Paraskova September 21, 2018 Iran’s oil exports started to fall noticeably in August as key customers in Asia began to curtail oil purchases to either comply with the U.S. efforts to bring Iranian exports to zero, or [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|East Asia, Europe, Middle East|

Volkswagen to stop doing business in Iran

A car with the Volkswagen VW logo badge is seen on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, US, January 16, 2018. (Reuters) September 20, 2018 Volkswagen has bowed to American pressure stemming from the US rejection of the multi-party nuclear deal and will end almost all business in [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|

Macron to meet Trump, Iran’s Rouhani at UN in New York

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint news conference in the White House in Washington. (AP) September 20, 2018 President Emmanuel Macron will separately meet his US and Iranian counterparts, Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, during the UN General Assembly in New York next week, the French [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|

UK warns dual nationals over travel to Iran, as France holds on envoy nomination

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has advised against all but essential travel by UK-Iranian dual nationals to Iran. (Reuters) September 19, 2018 Britain on Wednesday advised British-Iranian dual nationals against all but essential travel to Iran, tightening up its existing travel advice and warning it has only limited powers to support them if [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Europe|

Warmongering Iran and its mounting regional and international isolation

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Seyed Ali Khamenei in his annual visit of IRGC in Tehran. (Iran Prime) By Heshmat Alavi September 18, 2018 The international and regional isolation against Iran is once again becoming a concern for the regime. Global condemnations over a recent attack on Iraq-based Kurdish dissident groups and the executions of [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

French unions call for release of Iranian teacher

Iranian teachers' rights activist, Mohammad Habibi, undated. (Supplied) September 18, 2018 Five French trade unions have called for the release of Iranian teacher Mohammad Habibi and other teachers imprisoned in Iran in an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The imprisonment of Mohammad Habibi is a violation of human rights and [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Europe|

West has a chance to bring Iranian regime to heel at UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council meeting, February 15, 2015. (REUTERS) By Majid Rafizadeh September 17, 2018 This Islamic Republic of Iran is mired in crises, few of which stem from US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and the subsequent renewed economic sanctions. Those actions only serve to help the US, and [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran embassy in Athens attacked ‘in solidarity with Kurds’

In a statement on the internet, the Rubicon group claimed the attack as a gesture of solidarity with the "Kurds of Iran". (Facebook) September 17, 2018 An anarchist group attacked the Iranian embassy in Athens early Monday, smashing windows and throwing red paint into the courtyard in protest at Tehran's treatment of its [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Europe|

Zarif hints at intensively resuming uranium enrichment

Eyes abroad. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting. (AP) September 17, 2018 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hinted that Iran could resume its uranium enrichment program if European countries did not take action with regard to Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The Europeans and [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|