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Iran hardliners claim China is serving Islam by suppressing Uyghur Muslims

Former Iran's Parliament vice speaker Ali Motahari, in a meeting in Sharif University, Dec 4, 2016. (ISNA) By Reza Haqiqatnezhad August 5, 2020 Iranian conservatives have been justifying the Chinese government's suppression of Uyghur Muslims in China and keeping silent in the face of systematic violence against Chines Muslims in Xinjiang Province. During the [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|East Asia|

Pompeo says Iran sanctions to be applied to China if $400 billion trade deal signed

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, May 21, 2018. (AP) August 3, 2020 Referring to a $400 billion 25-year trade deal between Iran and China U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on August 2 said the United States will apply all Iran sanctions also to the "Chinese [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

S. Korea, Iran agree to expand humanitarian trade

Photo released by the South Korean embassy shows medicine shipped to Iran on April 06, 2020. (Twitter) August 3, 2020 South Korea and Iran have agreed to launch a working group on expanding humanitarian trade as part of efforts to maintain bilateral partnership within the scope of a US-approved sanctions exemption, a source [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|East Asia|

Trade official says Russian and Chinese banks refuse to deal with Iran

A man walks past a Bank of Kunlun branch in Beijing, China, January 12, 2017. (REUTERS) August 3, 2020 The chairman of the Iran-China Chamber of Commerce says Tehran has virtually no banking transactions with Russia and China. If someone with an Islamic Republic passport applies for banking services in these countries, he [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|East Asia, Russia|

Iran struggles to buy food in a world wary of touching its money

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian fruit market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) July 30, 2020 Iran, creaking under the impact of U.S. sanctions, a collapse in oil sales and a severe COVID-19 epidemic, is scrambling to buy food and medicine to avoid a supply crunch. But it’s a struggle. Despite such supplies being [...]

By |July 30th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

China signs series of deals to develop supergiant oilfield in Iran

An Iranian labourer walks the platform of an oil facility on Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf. (AFP) By Simon Watkins July 29, 2020 Two key questions logically arise from last week’s announcement from Iran’s Petroleum Ministry that it has awarded a US$1.3 billion development deal to more than double oil [...]

By |July 29th, 2020|East Asia|

Iranian journalist held for 6 years gains New Zealand refugee status

Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. (Getty) July 24, 2020 A journalist who fled Iran and then exposed Australia’s degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand on Friday confirmed that Behrouz Boochani had been given the status, which [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran-China trade plummets despite plans for strategic partnership

Cars of the Iranian delegation are seen parked outside a building of the Diaoyutai state guesthouse as Iranian FM Javad Zarif meets Chinese FM Wang Yi in Beijing, May 13, 2018. (REUTERS) By Saeed Ghasseminejad July 24, 2020 Chinese customs data show that trade with Iran continues to fall sharply, primarily because Beijing is buying [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|East Asia|

Seoul summons Iran envoy over threat to sue over asset freeze

Iran has funds worth up to $7 billion that have been frozen in South Korea since September 2019. (Stock Image) July 21, 2020 South Korea’s foreign ministry summoned on Tuesday Iran’s ambassador to lodge a protest over Tehran's reported threat to take a legal step against Seoul over the freeze last year of the [...]

By |July 21st, 2020|East Asia|

Iran’s Oil Minister says foreign countries refusing to sign agreements with Iran

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh attends the 135th meeting of the Organisation of OPEC conference in Isfahan in central Iran on March 16, 2005. (Reuters) July 20, 2020 Iran's Oil Minister on Monday told reporters that all foreign countries are now refusing to sign agreements with Iran in all areas due to [...]

By |July 20th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|