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Negotiators head home as Iran talks hit critical stage

A police car drives past Palais Coburg, the site of a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna, Dec 9, 2021. (Reuters) January 15, 2022 Chief negotiators from Iran and Europe returned home for consultations as talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal reached a critical stage, state media [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|East Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

Biden can no longer ignore growing Iran-China ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Dec 4, 2013. (REUTERS) By Bradley Bowman and Zane Zovak January 15, 2022 Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will visit China on Friday to deepen the “comprehensive strategic partnership” the two countries signed [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|East Asia, North America, USA|

China slams US sanctions on Iran as cooperation agreement launched

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gestures during a press conference in Beijing, March 8, 2017. (AP) January 15, 2022 China said Saturday it would begin implementing a strategic agreement with Iran, strengthening economic and political cooperation between the two countries as Beijing blasted Washington’s sanctions on Tehran. China and Iran signed the agreement [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|East Asia, North America, USA|

US Veterans, families urge administration not to release billions in frozen funds to Iran until terrorism cases are settled

US Vice President Kamala Harris watches as President Joe Biden signs executive orders at the White House in Washington, US, Jan 26, 2021. (REUTERS) January 15, 2022 U.S. military veterans and their families called on the Biden administration Thursday not to release frozen funds to Iran as part of nuclear negotiations until U.S. victims of terrorist attacks [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran accelerating China ties under Raisi administration

Iranian FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian with China's FM Wang Yi. Jan 14, 2022. (AFP) January 15, 2022 Iran’s Foreign minister who is visiting China to follow up on a 25-year agreement with Beijing says bilateral cooperation is accelerating under the current administration. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in China at the head of a high-ranking delegation [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|East Asia|

Denmark accuses China, Russia and Iran of espionage threat

Denmark charges a Norwegian citizen with assisting an Iranian intelligence service plan an assassination on Danish soil. (Reuters) January 13, 2022 Denmark warned on Thursday of a rising espionage threat from Russia, China, Iran and others, including in the Arctic region where global powers are jostling for resources and sea routes. The Danish [...]

By |January 13th, 2022|East Asia, Europe, Russia|

US grants South Korea an Iran sanctions exemption

Iran has funds worth up to $7 billion that have been frozen in South Korea since September 2019. (Stock Image) January 13, 2022 The United States has granted South Korea a sanctions exemption, allowing the country to pay millions of dollars of overdue compensation to an Iranian investor over a 2010 dispute. Seoul's [...]

By |January 13th, 2022|East Asia, North America, USA|

China’s behind-the-scenes role in the Iran nuclear talks

Palais Coburg, where closed-door Iran nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria, Dec. 17, 2021. (AP) January 11, 2022 Wang Qun, the Chinese negotiator and Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations, is not as well known to the public as his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Ulyanov. The latter tweets [...]

By |January 11th, 2022|East Asia, Europe, North America, USA|

Iran FM to discuss strategic agreement with China

Iranian FM Hossein Amirabdollahian in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP) January 10, 2022 Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian will visit China by the end of the week to discuss the 25-year strategic agreement between two countries, the spokesman of the foreign ministry told a news conference in Tehran on Monday. The [...]

By |January 10th, 2022|East Asia|

Iran’s Persepolis, Esteghlal expelled from 2022 AFC Champions League

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) January 7, 2022 The route for Saudi Arabian clubs to the 2022 AFC Champions League title was made a little easier on Friday with news that Iranian giants Persepolis [...]

By |January 7th, 2022|East Asia, Middle East|