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South Korean PM arrives in Iran to help try to revive nuclear deal

Chung displayed his willingness to support efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal. (Stock Image) April 12, 2021 South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun arrived in Iran on Sunday to help try to restore a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and free up $7 billion in Iranian funds trapped in [...]

By |April 12th, 2021|East Asia|

Iran calls on South Korea to release funds frozen under US sanctions

Iranian senior Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri. (AP) April 12, 2021 Tehran urged Seoul on Sunday to release billions of dollars of Iranian funds frozen in South Korea under US sanctions over its nuclear programme, during a visit by the South Korean premier. "We call on the South Korean government to release Iran's financial [...]

By |April 12th, 2021|East Asia|

Filmmakers who criticized Iran-China deal threatened with blacklisting

Iranian filmmakers condemn the signed 25-year strategic cooperation agreement between Iran and China. (Twitter) By Niloufar Rostami April 9, 2021 Eighteen Iranian filmmakers who criticized the recent 25-year cooperation agreement between Iran and China have been told to withdraw their signatures or face blacklisting. On April 4, the 18 industry figures had published [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Arts, East Asia|

Iran frees South Korean ship it held amid dispute over funds

A seized South Korean-flagged tanker is escorted by Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on the Gulf, Jan 4, 2021. (AP) April 9, 2021 A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars seized by Seoul was freed and sailed away early Friday, just hours ahead of [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|East Asia|

Iran appeals to CAS over Bahrain hub for World Cup qualifiers

Iranian football team Persepolis' players celebrate a goal during the AFC Champions League match against Qatar's Al Sadd in Tehran, Jan 10, 2020. (AFP) April 8, 2021 Iran’s football federation has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the Asian Football Confederation’s decision to stage Asian World Cup Group C qualifiers [...]

By |April 8th, 2021|Bahrain, East Asia|

Indonesia sentences Iranian-led drugs gang of 12 to death by firing squad

Indonesian officers escort two local men suspected of smuggling methamphetamine at a press conference in Banda Aceh on Oct 13, 2020. (AFP) April 7, 2021 Indonesia has handed death sentences to a gang of more than a dozen drug traffickers, including an Iranian couple and a Pakistani man, the prosecutor’s office said. A [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|East Asia, Indonesia|

Tehran defends deal with Beijing amid rising concerns

China’s FM Wang Yi shakes hands with Iran’s FM Javad Zarif during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guest house in Beijing, China, on Dec 31, 2019. (Reuters) April 3, 2021 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has thrown his full weight behind the recently signed 25-year partnership deal between Beijing and Tehran, reaffirming [...]

By |April 3rd, 2021|East Asia|

Iran’s Foreign Minister uses new ‘clubhouse’ app to defend China deal

Iranian FM Javad Zarif wears a protective mask and gloves as protection against coronavirus, during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) By Golnaz Esfandiari April 1, 2021 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to the new Clubhouse social media app on March 31 to defend Tehran's controversial recent strategic [...]

By |April 1st, 2021|East Asia|

“Iran not for sale” protesters in Tehran and Karaj chant against Iran-China accord

Iranian FM Javad Zarif, right, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, pose for photos after the ceremony of signing documents, in Tehran, March 27, 2021. (AP) March 31, 2021 Protesters against the Iran-China 25-year agreement took to the streets in Tehran, Karaj, and Isfahan yesterday. They believe the regime is selling out their country to [...]

By |March 31st, 2021|East Asia|

China’s Iran oil imports seen hitting new high in March, curbing OPEC output options

China quietly accepted record amounts of Iranian oil in early 2021, despite U.S. sanctions designed to penalise buyers. (REUTERS) March 30, 2021 China will receive another large influx of cheap Iranian oil in March passed off as crude from other origins, curbing the top importer’s appetite for crudes from other suppliers, according to [...]

By |March 30th, 2021|East Asia|