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U.S. blacklists Chinese entities, individuals for dealing with Iran

The US Treasury Department building in Washington. (AFP) October 20, 2020 The United States on Monday said it blacklisted two Chinese men and six Chinese entities for having dealt with Iranian shipping company Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and, in some cases, helping it to evade U.S. sanctions. The U.S. State [...]

By |October 20th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran’s sanction busting pipeline is just months from completion

Workers set up a natural gas pipeline at Iraq's border with Iran in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, April 12, 2016. (Reuters) By Simon Watkins October 16, 2020 With sanctions on Iran still in place following the U.S.’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, Tehran has been [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|East Asia, Iraq, Middle East|

South Korea imports no Iran crude oil for September

An oil tanker docks at the platform of the oil facility in the Iranian Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, March 12, 2017. (AFP) October 14, 2020 South Korea imports no Iran crude oil for September and a year ago, preliminary data from Korea Customs Service showed on Thursday. The world’s [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|East Asia|

China backs Iran nuclear deal, calls for new MidEast forum

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. (REUTERS) October 12, 2020 China's foreign minister Wang Yi has called for a new forum to defuse tensions in the Middle East after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart where he reiterated Beijing's support for Tehran. Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran wants a “strategic partnership” with China

Visitors look at the models of oil tanker shaped floating nuclear reactors and oil rigs during the China International Exhibition in Beijing, April 27, 2017. (AP) October 10, 2020 China commands a certain mystique in the Middle East. For politicians in Lebanon, broke and on the brink of hyperinflation, it is an atm waiting to [...]

By |October 10th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran uses third parties to circumvent US sanctions

Iranian currency is displayed at an exchange shop in Tehran, August 1, 2019. (Reuters) October 5, 2020 Iran is trying to evade US sanctions imposed on its efforts to bolster weapons of mass destruction through using third parties, according to western intelligence sources. The German state of Hesse said in a new report [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian President and his deputy praise 25-year contract with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, greets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the SCO Summit in Qingdao, China, June 10, 2018. (AP) October 3, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is hailing the signing of a 25-year cooperative agreement between Iran and China as a "major step" in advancing Tehran and Beijing's shared interests. Congratulating [...]

By |October 3rd, 2020|East Asia|

China’s imports from Iran the lowest in a decade

A man walks past a Bank of Kunlun branch in Beijing, China January 12, 2017. (REUTERS) September 28, 2020 China's imports from Iran have dropped to the lowest record in the past decade, with Chinese customs data showing the number falling below $322 million in August. In total, Iran's exports to China in [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran’s Zarif tries to form Russia-China alliance against US

Iranian FM Javad Zarif attends the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, U.S., Sept 20, 2017. (REUTERS) September 26, 2020 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is trying to entice Russia to become closer to Iran through bilateral relations, Iranian media reported Thursday. He arrived in Moscow to discuss relations with Russia. His goal is to pave [...]

By |September 26th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Missiles, submarines and more: How North Korea supplies Iran with weapons

North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifts off. (Getty) By Mark Episkopos September 25, 2020 The U.S. State Department is stepping up its efforts to tighten the sanctions regime arrayed against Iran, drawing renewed attention to the thriving arms trade between Pyongyang and Tehran. The lucrative military partnership between Iran and North Korea began in the 1980’s, when [...]

By |September 25th, 2020|East Asia|