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One million Chinese-built housing units in Iran? Don’t bet on it

the Chinese have not had a large or serious presence in the Iranian housing market. (IRNA) By Ali Ranjipour October 15, 2021 Are the Chinese coming to Iran to build housing? This was the question raised on Tuesday, October 12 after in a series of interviews conducted by Iranian media with members of the Parliamentary [...]

By |October 15th, 2021|East Asia|

India’s Adani Ports to stop handling containers from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan

A container terminal is seen at Mundra Port, one of the ports handled by India's Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, April 1, 2014. (Reuters) October 11, 2021 India's largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone APSE.NS said on Monday that its terminals would [...]

By |October 11th, 2021|Afghanistan, East Asia, India, Pakistan|

Iran-SKorea row worsens over frozen funds

A seized South Korean-flagged tanker is escorted by Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on the Gulf, Jan 4, 2021. (AP) October 8, 2021 A row between Iran and South Korea is intensifying, with Tehran threatening legal action unless Seoul releases more than $7 billion in funds for oil shipments frozen because of US sanctions. [...]

By |October 8th, 2021|East Asia|

‘What a threat!’: Iranians lampoon FM’s warning over South Korean TV

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (MEHR) October 8, 2021 Foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian yesterday issued a severe ultimatum from Iran to his South Korean counterpart, which can be summarized as follows: “If you don’t give us back our money, we'll stop broadcasting Korean TV serials.” During a speech in Moscow on Tuesday night, the new face of Iranian diplomacy [...]

By |October 8th, 2021|East Asia|

‘Terrifying’: Facebook whistleblower cites violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia, spying by China and Iran

The Iran government doing espionage on other state actors. This is definitely a thing that is happening. (Facebook) By Caitlin Hu October 7, 2021 During much-anticipated testimony Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen repeatedly pointed outside of the country for examples of how the social network could be used [...]

By |October 7th, 2021|Africa, East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran media say Khamenei’s ban on Korean appliances ‘a diplomatic message’

Samsung banner being pulled down in Tehran. February 14, 2020. (Twitter) October 4, 2021 State-controlled media in Iran continue to defend a ban on South Korean home appliances, saying that the move was a “diplomatic message” to South Korea. After a letter from Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on September 6, President Ebrahim Raisi [...]

By |October 4th, 2021|East Asia|

Iran’s Raisi bans Korean home appliances on leader’s orders

A Home Appliances shop in Tehran undated. (IRNA) October 1, 2021 After a letter from Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Ebrahim Raisi has insisted Iran will not take imports from South Korea’s LG and Samsung. This follows speculation for some months that a reported agreement over using Iranian money frozen in Korean [...]

By |October 1st, 2021|East Asia|

Exclusive-U.S. has reached out to China about cutting oil imports from Iran, officials say

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China April 14, 2021. (REUTERS) September 29, 2021 The United States has reached out to China diplomatically about reducing its purchases of Iranian crude oil, U.S. and European officials said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to persuade Tehran to resume talks about [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|East Asia, North America, USA|

Raisi orders Central Bank to recover Iran’s frozen funds abroad

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi meets Iraq's PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi (not in picture) in Tehran, Sept 12, 2021. (Reuters) September 27, 2021 Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) issued an order to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) on Sunday to repatriate Iranian funds blocked overseas because of US banking sanctions. In a meeting of [...]

By |September 27th, 2021|East Asia, Iraq, North America, USA|

Pakistan says last month’s attack on Chinese nationals in Gwadar planned in Iran’s Chahbahar city

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard near the the Beijing-funded "megaport" of Gwadar, in southwestern Pakistan. (AFP) September 25, 2021 The counterterrorism police in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province revealed on Friday the suicide bomber who targeted Chinese nationals in Gwadar last month had come from Iran, adding that the mastermind of the attack [...]

By |September 25th, 2021|East Asia, Pakistan|