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24th November - 07 December
  • 2 martyred, 28 injured in Chabahar blast
    A horrible terrorist explosion in Chabahar, Sistan-Balouchestan Province, southeast of Iran, has led to the martyrdom of two citizens and injury of 28 others.
    Head of the Medical Emergency Center of Iranshahr Mohammad Naseh said that the terrorist incident in the morning today injured 28 and martyred two of the citizens, according to IRNA. Naseh told IRNA that the injured have been transferred to the local hospital for medication by Chabahar emergency forces. Three of the injured, now being in the operation room, are in grave condition. Deputy Governor General of Sistan-Balouchestan Province for Security-Disciplinary Affairs Mohammad-Hadi Marashi said a Toyota Van, laden with explosives, tried to run into the police headquarters in Chabahar at around 09:55 hours local time on Thursday but police prevented it. The suicide bomber blew himself up as a result, according to the official.Some social networks say a grouplet, called 'Ansar al-Forghan' has undertaken the responsibility for the terrorist attack. (Iran Daily- 6 Dec, 2018)
  • Canada arrests CFO of China’s Huawei for possible violation of Iran sanctions: Canadian authorities said that they have arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies for possible extradition to the United States. Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Times of Israel. 6 Dec, 2018)
  • Trump's international anti-Iran coalition (Israel and Saudi Arabia) looks like it's falling apart. He doesn't have a back-up plan. (5th Dec, 2018- nbcnews.com)
  • Deep concern' for Melbourne University academic detained in Iran: A population expert at the University of Melbourne has been detained in Iran. Dr Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, a dual Iranian-Australian citizen who works at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, was in the capital Tehran when she was reportedly arrested. (6 Dec, 2018- Sydney Morning Herald)
  • VP: Iran ready to ease Japanese concerns for continuing business: Iran stands ready to address the concerns of Japanese companies willing to continue business with the country, even as the United States presses its allies to get tough on Iran and to stop importing its oil, a top government official said. "We are ready to negotiate with Japanese companies who are interested in continuing their business in Iran for reaching new solutions in order to ease their concerns," Iran's First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri told Kyodo News in an interview. “The Japanese government and companies have always had their own ways to bypass US pressures and we hope again they use their initiatives to stay as a major oil importer from Iran," he added. Japan is among eight nations that have received six-month waivers from US sanctions on importing Iranian oil, which went into effect on Nov. 4, to give them more time to reduce their imports to zero. (5 Dec, 2018- Iran Daily)
  • Iran is currently Iraq's top trade partner: "Iran is a neighboring country and our interest lies in maintaining good and stable relations with Iran," Salih told reporters during a visit to Kuwait. The Iraqi president pointed to age-old relations between Baghdad and Tehran, and said, "There are vast areas that the two countries can increase their cooperation. "Iran is currently Iraq's top trade partner, with an annual turnover standing at about $12 billion. (Dec 5, 2018-Iran Daily)
  • Yemen peace talks starts with Iran led Houthi group in Sweden: Houthis: Only a political solution can end the war in Yemen. (Aljazeera: 6 Dec, 2018)
  • More than 700,000 Afghans leave Iran as economy slows. (Aljazeera: 5 Dec, 2018)
  • If Iran can't export oil from Gulf, no other country can, Iran's president says (Aljazeera: 4 Dec, 2018)
  • Iran says it will continue missile tests after U.S. allegation. (Aljazeera: 2 Dec, 2018)
  • Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf. (Reuters, 1 Dec, 2018)
  • France, Germany taking charge of EU-Iran trade move but oil sales in doubt (Reuters, 28 Nov, 2018)
14th November - 22nd November
  • Envoy: Iran has enough leverage to sell oil: Iran’s ambassador to the UK said that the US has failed to rally the world community behind its new sanctions against Iran, and that the Islamic Republic possesses “enough leverage” to keep its oil sales going despite US attempts to reduce them to “zero.” (Press tv- 14.11.2018)
  • US targets Iran-Russia network over oil sent to Syria
    The United States has targeted an Iranian-Russian network that sent millions of barrels of oil to Syria and hundreds of millions of dollars to indirectly fund the groups Hamas and Hezbollah. (Iran Daily- 22.11.2018)
  • Iran will thrive despite US sanctions, says foreign minister
    Javad Zarif insists restrictive measures will strengthen Iranian resolve to resist (Guardian- 19.11.2018)
  • Iran’s FM calls Russia perfect partner
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described Russia as a very good political and trade partner for Iran. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, Zarif said Russia is a perfect political and trade partner for the Islamic Republic of Iran. (Iran Daily-20.11.2018)
1st November - 13th November
  • EU says will continue transport cooperation with Iran
    “With the visit of Mrs. Mogherini in 2016 a good agreement for cooperation in terms of city and air transport with Iran was signed and we will continue to cooperate within the framework of the agreement.” Maja Bakran, the EU’s deputy director general of transport told the forum of Logistics and Supply Chain held in Tehran in cooperation with the EU and the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, according to IRNA. Bakran said that 80 percent of the world trade is carried out through sea transport and in terms of expanding the cooperation of Asian countries with the European Union, adding, “We are trying to continue to transport between Asia and Europe on a very good level.” (Iran Daily- 12.11.2018)
  • Oil prices rise as OPEC+ signals output cut: Oil rose by more than one percent on Monday, set for its largest one-day increase in a month after Saudi Arabia said OPEC and its partners believed demand was softening enough to warrant an output cut of one million barrels per day. Brent crude futures LCOc1 rose 80 cents on the day to $70.98 a barrel by 1205 GMT, while US crude futures rose 36 cents to $60.69 a barrel. (Iran Daily- 12.11.2018)
  • Iran sanctions divide Trump administration
    Washington’s reimposed sanctions on Iran exacerbated deep divisions in the Trump administration, putting US top officials at loggerheads over how to minimize the damage to American allies that are thirsty for Iranian oil. White House national security adviser, John Bolton, tricked Trump into trouble by emboldening him to withdraw from the JCPOA without having a back-up plan. When the US president terminated the deal unilaterally on May 8, the Trump cabinet was divided into two opposite camps: Trump-Bolton axis vs. the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and State Secretary Mike Pompeo. The two groups clashed over the consequences of breaking an international deal. (The New York Times- 5.11.2018)
  • Erdogan: US sanctions on Iran wrong, aimed to unbalance world. (AlJazeera: 6.11.2018)

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