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Japan PM Abe discussing Japan visit by Iranian President Rouhani

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (REUTERS) December 9, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

Russia, Iran, China to hold joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 4, 2019 Russia, Iran, and China will hold joint naval maneuvers on December 27, Russia’s TASS news agency cited a senior Iranian naval official as saying on Tuesday. TASS did not report where they would be held. This coincides with [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

China’s trade with Iran declines by close to 40 percent in 2019

Cars of the Iranian delegation are seen parked outside a building of the Diaoyutai state guesthouse as Iranian FM Javad Zarif meets Chinese State Councillor and FM Wang Yi in Beijing, China, May 13, 2018. (REUTERS) December 2, 2019 The latest figures published by China’s customs show trade with Iran in October dropped to [...]

By |December 2nd, 2019|East Asia|

Iran’s non-oil exports decline 11 percent, putting more pressure on economy

Iranian merchants conduct their business at a carpet market of the old main bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, July 23, 2018. (AP) November 21, 2019 Iran’s Fars news agency, close to the Islamic Revolution guards Corps reports that non-oil exports have dropped 11.3 percent in the first seven months of the Iranian calendar [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|Afghanistan, East Asia, Middle East|

Iran-backed Houthi militants seize South Korean ship in Red Sea

Houthi fighters hold their weapons as they attend a gathering in Sana’a. (Reuters) November 19, 2019 Houthi militants from Yemen have seized a ship in the southern Red Sea, the Arab Coalition said Monday. The Iran-backed militia used two small boats to hijack the vessel as it was towing a South Korean drilling [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|East Asia, Yemen|

Singapore threatens to auction off Chinese tanker violating Iran sanctions

Singapore port authorities had seized two oil tankers owned by the Chinese Kunlun Shipping Company carrying Iranian petroleum products. (AFP) By Dalga Khatinoglu November 13, 2019 A court in Singapore has given the owner of a tanker carrying Iranian liquid gas (LPG) a week to either come forward or it would place the vessel [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|East Asia|

U.S. sets sights on shipping companies for Iran sanctions evasions

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) November 7, 2019 The United States will target shipping companies that are in breach of sanctions and aggressively enforce measures across the globe to clamp down on such practices, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday. In one of [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

S. Korea’s exports of humanitarian goods to Iran halted

Iranians shop at an open market in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran, on April 24, 2019. (AFP) November 2, 2019 South Korea's exports of humanitarian goods to Iran have effectively been halted as US sanctions on the country have intensified, a source said Thursday. Financial transactions between Seoul and Tehran for shipments of [...]

By |November 2nd, 2019|East Asia|

Iranians in Malaysia say banks close their accounts as US sanctions bite

An Iranian man withdraws money from an ATM machine at a Bank Sepah in the capital Tehran on January 19, 2016. (AFP) October 30, 2019 Banks in Malaysia are closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies, nearly a dozen affected people told Reuters, in a sign that US sanctions are having a [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|East Asia|

Large decline in Iranian exports to China tilts trade balance

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi iduring their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China February 19, 2019. (REUTERS) By Dalga Khatinoglu October 26, 2019 The latest figures published by China Customs show a dramatic fall for Iranian imports in September 2019, compared to the [...]

By |October 26th, 2019|East Asia|