Posts Tagged ‘sanctions’

US acquits two Iranian scientists for sanctions violations

MNA – Just a few days after the release of the detained Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani, the United States acquitted two other Iranian scientists who were accused of violating sanctions. Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against two more individuals linked to a prisoner swap deal with Iran announced by the Trump administration on Saturday, […]

Iran inventing new mechanisms to circumvent US oil sanctions: Official

Press TV – A senior Iranian official has said that the government has come up with new initiatives to circumvent the oil sanctions imposed by the United States. Hamid Pourmohammadi, the second in command of Iran’s Plan and Budgeting Organization, said on Thursday that the government would manage to sell up to one million barrels […]

New sanctions to ban humanitarian trade with Iran: US Treasury

Press TV – The US Treasury Department has stressed that Washington’s newly announced sanctions targeting Iran’s air and maritime transport industries will lead to the restriction of trade related to humanitarian goods. “US persons will be prohibited from engaging in transactions involving Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) or E-Sail, including transactions for the […]

Page from Iraq playbook: US invokes WMDs to pile ‘maximum pressure’ sanctions on Iran

On Wednesday, the US Treasury Department expanded sanctions against Mahan Air, Iran’s largest privately-owned airline, citing a 2005 executive order by then-President George W. Bush targeting “weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters.” Also on Washington expands sanctions against Iran’s largest airline, accusing it of weapons of mass destruction proliferation Mind you, nowhere […]

Khatam-al Anbiya construction HQ nullified impact of enemies’ sanctions against Iran

MNA – Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that with the major measures taken, Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters has nullified the impact of all cruel sanctions imposed by enemies against the Islamic Republic of Iran. He made the remarks om Thu. at the 2nd day […]

Berlin warns US against interfering in EU affairs, rejects sanctions pressure

“European energy policy is decided in Europe, not in the US,” the German official said in a tweet responding to a Spiegel report on Washington’s eleventh hour attempts to stop Nord Stream 2. The pipeline will deliver Russian natural gas directly to Germany. Berlin sees it as essential to national energy security, but Washington has […]

‘Guided by prejudices & biases’: India hits back at US after it threatened sanctions over citizenship bill

The criticism of the citizenship bill by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is “neither accurate nor warranted,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday. The position articulated by USCIRF is not surprising given its past record. It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided […]

Iran unveils budget plan to fend off US sanctions by cutting dependence on oil

President Hassan Rouhani has pitched a budget bill to parliament, telling lawmakers that “this is a budget to resist [US] sanctions… with the least possible dependence on oil.” He estimated it at around $38.8 billion for the next Iranian year which starts March 2020, according to Reuters. The Iranian oil trade has been hit by […]

Massive Leak Confirms Turkey’s "Gold-For-Gas" Scheme To Evade US Sanctions On Iran

We first started noticing major ‘odd’ exports of gold from Turkey to Iran in May 2012.  Turkey’s trade balance fluctuated wildly as gold stocks flowed out of the country in bursts.  “Turkey’s going to continue it,” the Turkish economy minister said. “If those casting aspersions on the gold trade are searching […]

US Enraged After 6 More EU Nations Join INSTEX To Bypass Iran Sanctions

By Tyler Durden On Friday, six European countries issued a bombshell joint statement declaring their intent to join INSTEX, or the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle serving as a ‘SWIFT alternative’ to bypass US sanctions on Iran. Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden released a joint statement asserting it’s of […]

US envoy spews vitriol as 6 more EU nations defy sanctions bypass device INSTEX & urge saving Iran nuclear deal

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden released a joint statement relating their intent to connect to INSTEX, short for the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle. The move is to “facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,” and also to make the Islamic Republic stick by the 2015 JCPOA nuclear […]

Venezuela Offers to Pay Companies in Yuan as Workaround to US Sanctions – Report

Venezuela’s authorities and the state-run oil and gas giant, PDVSA, are considering paying to suppliers and contracts using the Chinese currency, Reuters reports, citing government officials and sources from private companies. The Caracas government is said to have offered at least four companies working with the public sector the chance to make transactions in yuan to […]

Why lifting exemptions for US sanctions on Fordow angered Moscow?

IRNA – The US recently announced the lifting of suspended exemptions on Iran’s Fordow nuclear site which angered Russia and the Russian foreign ministry in an official statement voiced its dissatisfaction with Washington’s decision. The Russian foreign ministry described the move by Washington another blow to the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Washington will lift the exemptions […]

Rouhani names US sanctions major politico-economic mistake

MNA – In a Tuesday meeting with Australia’s new envoy to Iran Lyndall Sachs, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani named US unilateral sanctions against Iran a political and economic mistake and a move in contrast to international regulations and resolutions. In this meeting, where Rouhani received Sachs’ credentials, the Iranian president expressed tendency for development of […]

Defense min. slams US sanctions on Iranian Armed Forces cmdrs.

MNA – Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Wed. condemned the recent US sanctions on some of the commanders of the Iranian Armed Forces. “Iranian Armed Forces have always been a thorn in Americans’ eye and this time they have imposed sanctions on some of our commanders, which is a futile measure,” he said. […]

Europe should consider renewed sanctions on Iran, Germany suggests

Reuters – Germany, Britain and France should be ready to consider starting moves to reinstate international sanctions on Iran over breaches of its 2015 nuclear deal, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. Europe’s position is vital as the United States has withdrawn from the deal and the other signatories, Russia and China, are allies of […]

US threatens Serbia with sanctions, scrambles to thwart possible S-400 deal

   In a largely unreported but hugely important story that played out this week in the Balkans, Washington is putting immense pressure on Serbia to shelve future plans for acquiring Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense missile systems. The controversy began Wednesday when Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a public television broadcaster in an interview that […]

US Threatens Sanctions On Serbia, Scrambles To Thwart Possible S-400 Purchase

In a largely unreported but hugely important story that played out this week in the Balkans, Washington is putting immense pressure on Serbia to shelve future plans for acquiring Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense missile systems.  The controversy began Wednesday when Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a public television broadcaster in an interview that he had […]

How US sanctions on Iran are killing innocent people

Common Dreams | Vijay Prashad: The evidence is undeniable. The U.S. sanctions are seriously destroying Iran’s health infrastructure and are leading to immediate deaths and suffering of the Iranian population. In late October, Human Rights Watch released a short report with a sharp title—“Maximum Pressure: US Economic Sanctions Harm Iranians’ Right to Health.” In November […]

Russian deputy foreign minister slams US sanctions against Iran as illegal

TASS – Washington’s unilateral sanctions slapped on Iran and other countries are illegal and are de facto a tool of diktat, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters during his working visit to Israel on Thursday. “A decision by the [US] administration to continue ‘the policy of maximum pressure’ against Iran certainly implies neither […]

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