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January, 2016

  • 19 January

    Saudi Arabia warns against ‘nefarious activities’ by Iran

    The lifting of sanctions on Iran as a result of its nuclear deal with world powers will be a harmful development if it uses the extra money to fund “nefarious activities”, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters on Tuesday. Asked in an exclusive interview if Saudi Arabia had …

  • 19 January

    Americans missing in Baghdad kidnapped by Iran-backed militia: Iraqi, U.S. sources

    Three U.S. citizens who disappeared last week in Baghdad were kidnapped and are being held by an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia, two Iraqi intelligence and two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday.Unknown gunmen seized the three on Friday from a private residence in the southeastern Dora district of Baghdad, Iraqi officials …

  • 19 January

    Iran’s elite Guards to gain regional, economic power in post-sanctions era

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards did well under international sanctions, and the elite military force is destined to become still richer now they’ve been lifted. Iran’s clerical rulers have supported economic growth of the Guards, rewarding the group for sanctions-busting as well as suppressing dissent at home and helping Tehran’s allies abroad …

  • 19 January

    France’s Fabius says EU to discuss if new Iran sanctions needed

    The European Union will discuss this week whether it needs to impose new sanctions on Iran following recent ballistic missile tests, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday, a day after the United States announced such measures. Washington imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals on Sunday for supplying …

  • 19 January

    Truck maker Daimler signs agreement to return to Iran

    Daimler (DAIGn.DE) on Monday said its trucks division had signed letters of intent with joint venture partners in Iran as part of the German truck maker’s re-entry into the Iranian market following the lifting of international sanctions. Iran has opened up as an export market following years of economic isolation …

  • 17 January

    Iranians welcome deal with satisfaction and caution

    The lifting of sanctions set off scenes of jubilation in Iran’s parliament: Supporters planted kisses on the forehead of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and jostled to take selfies. For pragmatic politicians like him, the nuclear deal that reconnects Iran to the world marks a victory over rival factions at …

  • 16 January

    Obama lifts sanction against Iran

    EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – REVOCATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS 13574, 13590, 13622, AND 13645 WITH RESPECT TO IRAN, AMENDMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 13628 WITH RESPECT TO IRAN, AND PROVISION OF IMPLEMENTATION AUTHORITIES FOR ASPECTS OF CERTAIN STATUTORY SANCTIONS OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF U.S. COMMITMENTS UNDER THE …

  • 16 January

    Joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

    Today, we have reached Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Ever since Adoption Day, we worked hard and showed mutual commitment and collective will to finally bring the JCPOA to implementation. Today, six months after finalisation of the historic deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran …

  • 15 January

    Report paving way for Iran sanctions relief likely Saturday

    An IAEA report verifying that Iran has kept its promises under last year’s nuclear deal with world powers and triggering sanctions relief for Tehran is likely to be issued on Saturday, a diplomatic source said on Friday. The report, if issued, would mark the consummation of the July 14, 2015 …

  • 15 January

    Big day imminent; big problems ahead

    N HIS valedictory state-of-the-union address Barack Obama devoted only a few lines to his main foreign-policy achievement: the accord with Iran to restrain its nuclear programme. The words he chose, however, could almost be a summary of the Obama doctrine, if there is such a thing. Contrasting his record with …