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What does the end of sanction waivers mean for Russian and Chinese investments in Iran

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an official arrival ceremony, at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, on Jan. 23, 2016. (AP) By Faramarz Davar May 30, 2020 On Wednesday, May 27, the US State Department set a deadline for foreign companies and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear program, [...]

By |May 30th, 2020|East Asia, Russia|

South Korea to ship $500,000 worth of medicine to Iran as humanitarian export

The shipment of medicine to treat Gaucher's disease will be sent by air. (ISNA) May 29, 2020 The South Korean Foreign Ministry on Thursday said its first shipment of medicine worth $500,000 will be sent to Iran on Friday. The shipment of medicine to treat Gaucher's disease will be sent by air, the [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran’s exports to India fall over 94 percent in first quarter of 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani release a postal stamp commemorating growing economic and trade ties between the two nations in New Delhi, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP) May 29, 2020 Iran’s exports to India fell by more than 94 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|East Asia, India|

Iranian investigation blames airlines for virus outbreak

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) May 20, 2020 Ninety days after the announcement of the first two deaths and the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iranian sites have once again raised questions about the first epicenter of the pandemic in the country, while the total number of infections rose [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran media report arrests of women-trafficking gang members

Iranian women stand in line at the Masoumeh shrine in Qom, about 120 kilometres south of Tehran on Friday, June 12, 2016. (AP) May 20, 2020 The "leader of the largest trafficking gang of Iranian women in Malaysia" has been arrested and transferred to Iran, media in Tehran reported on May 18. The [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Malaysia, Middle East|

U.S. blacklists Chinese logistics firm over business with Iran airline

Iran’s second-largest carrier, Mahan Air, is flying commercial routes to more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions. (AP) May 19, 2020 Washington on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a China-based company it accused of acting on behalf of U.S.-blacklisted Mahan Air, the Treasury Department said, and denounced [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran says first steps taken to launch South Korean humanitarian trade mechanism

Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (AFP) May 19, 2020 Iran’s foreign ministry announced on Monday, May 18 that “preliminary steps and political consultations were undertaken” to launch a South Korean “humanitarian channel” for Iran. South Korean foreign ministry announced March 22 that Seoul is exploring ways to provide humanitarian assistance to Iran [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|East Asia|

Mullahs’ missiles kill Iranians but can’t defend Iran

Konarak naval vessel still burning after being towed to port. May 11, 2020. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri May 16, 2020 Last Monday’s tragedy in the Gulf of Oman in which 19 Iranian naval officers were killed and 15 others injured in a “friendly fire” incident has focused attention on the Islamic Republic’s failure to [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

China rejects US plan to extend UN arms embargo on Iran

Photo showing the UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, New York, May 22, 2018. (UN) May 15, 2020 China rejected on Thursday a planned push by the United States to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran and, if that fails, Washington’s assertion that it could trigger [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

US says all countries should ban Iran’s Mahan Air to avoid coronavirus and sanctions

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) May 9, 2020 The U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Friday called on all countries to keep Iran's Mahan Air out to "avoid coronavirus and sanction risk". "Deeply troubled weapons of mass destruction proliferator Mahan Air, which supports terrorism and the Maduro [...]

By |May 9th, 2020|East Asia, Latin America, North America, USA|