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Iran’s petrochemical capacity to double in next decade: Official

National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) expects petrochemical production in the country will double in the next decade, IRNA, state-owned news agency, reported. Petrochemical production capacity in the country will reach 200 million tons in a year in the next decade, said NIPC managing director Morteza Shah-Mirzaei. Despite sanctions imposeed on the country, the petrochemical industry is […]

Fears mount over Iran’s inaction on climate change

In just over a year, Iran has endured deadly flash floods, crop-ruining drought, punishing dust storms and heatwaves that have pushed temperatures as high as 48 degrees Celsius – all crises likely fuelled by climate change. But for the people affected, finding help is proving very difficult. Iran is one of just four countries that have […]

Elon Musk says activating Starlink for Iranians after Blinken’s tweet

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Friday that he would activate the firm’s satellite internet service, Starlink, in response to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s tweet that the United States took action “to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information” to Iranians. The US Treasury Department on Friday issued guidance expanding internet […]

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WhatsApp says it is working to keep Iranians connected

Meta Platforms Inc’s WhatsApp said on Thursday that it was working to keep users in Iran connected after the country restricted access to the app and social media platform Instagram. WhatsApp “will do anything” within its technical capacity to keep the service accessible and that it was not blocking Iranian phone numbers, the messaging service […]

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Elon Musk’s satellite firm seeks exemption from Iranian sanctions

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that the company will ask for an exemption from sanctions against Iran to provide the firm’s Starlink satellite broadband service in the country. Musk made the statement on Twitter at a time of widespread protests in Iran over the death of a woman in police custody. Some people […]

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Iranian minister says ‘world needs more of its oil’

Iran’s minister of petroleum Javad Owji said the world needed more Iranian oil, and that his country was ready to play a role in providing it away from politics, the Iranian oil ministry’s news agency SHANA reported on Monday. In a statement issued after an OPEC+ meeting in which a minor cut was agreed, Owji […]

UAE says envoy to return to Iran in coming days

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday that its ambassador to Iran, Saif Mohammed Al Zaabi, would return to Tehran “in coming days”, more than six years after the Gulf Arab state downgraded ties with the Islamic Republic. The move is in line with UAE efforts to strengthen relations with Iran “to achieve the […]

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Iran makes first import order using cryptocurrency

Iran made its first official import order using cryptocurrency this week, the semi-official Tasnim agency reported on Tuesday, a move that could enable the Islamic Republic to circumvent US sanctions that have crippled the economy. The order, worth $10 million, was a first step towards allowing the country to trade through digital assets that bypass […]

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EU puts forward new draft text to revive Iran nuclear deal

The European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday he has proposed a new draft text to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying there is no room left for further major compromises. “I have now put on the table a text that addresses, in precise detail, the sanctions lifting as well as the nuclear […]

President Joe Biden in Jeddah

Biden boosts relations but fails to move the dial

The president hoped to reset Washington’s relationship with the Middle East last weekend. In this in-depth analysis, AGBI explores how he performed on Israel, Iran, human rights and oil President Joe Biden’s whirlwind tour of the Middle East sought to reinforce America’s commitment to the region after several years of disengagement. In a speech to […]

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Iran sanctions 61 more Americans as nuclear talks hit impasse

Iran has imposed sanctions on 61 more Americans, including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for backing an Iranian dissident group. Months of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal remained at an impasse despite president Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which ended yesterday. Others blacklisted by Iran’s Foreign Ministry for voicing support […]

US president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid are delighted to have signed the security pledge at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem

Biden’s ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ could slash UAE-Iran trade

The US and Israel pledged today to deny Iran nuclear weapons – a move that could dissuade global trade partners from dealing with Tehran, experts have said. The freshly united stance from US president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid represents a rare show of unity by allies long divided over Iran diplomacy. The […]

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US and Israel sign pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons

US president Joe Biden and Israel’s prime minister Yair Lapid today signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons, closing ranks on Tehran. A senior Biden administration official said the agreement will expand on the long-standing security relationship between the United States and Israel. “This declaration is pretty significant, and it includes a commitment […]

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Iran says it and Saudi Arabia interested in more talks

Iran and Saudi Arabia are interested in holding more talks, Tehran’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, three months after a fifth round of contacts aimed at restoring relations between the Middle East’s two main rival powers. Tehran gave an update on the status of the talks as US President Joe Biden landed in Israel in […]

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UAE firms sanctioned in Iranian oil shipment crackdown

The United States has imposed sanctions on four United Arab Emirates-based companies accused of being part of an international network engaged in the illicit sale and shipment of petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products from Iranian firms to China and elsewhere in East Asia. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control […]

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Iran, US hold nuclear talks with EU in separate Doha hotel rooms

Indirect nuclear talks between Tehran and Washington started on Tuesday in Doha, Iranian state media reported, as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator met with European Union envoy Enrique Mora, who will shuttle between the American and Iranian sides. Based in separate rooms in a hotel in Qatar’s capital, Iran’s Ali Bagheri Kani and US Iran special […]

Russia’s Lavrov visits Iran to discuss nuclear deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Iran on Wednesday, Iranian state TV reported, as world powers and Tehran are struggling to revive their 2015 nuclear pact and negotiations are stalled. Russia’s foreign ministry posted a clip of Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi in which he said Moscow was […]

Iran expanding nuclear work, switches off UN watchdog’s cameras

Iran has begun further expanding its underground uranium enrichment and said on Wednesday it would switch off two of the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras, as the watchdog’s 35-nation board overwhelmingly passed a resolution criticising Tehran. Only Russia and China opposed the resolution submitted by the United States, Germany, France and Britain saying the Board of […]

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UN nuclear watchdog urged to rebuke Iran, draft resolution shows

IAEA reported scant progress with Iran on uranium traces Report came after three-month process to revive dialogue West previously held off of sending resolution to Board Iran bristles at such moves, could hurt talks on 2015 deal The United States, France, Britain and Germany are pushing for the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s Board of Governors to […]

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Iran’s energy export revenue soars 60% in last two months

Iran’s energy export revenue is 60 percent higher in the first two months of the Iranian year (March 21 to May 21) compared to the same period a year ago, an official from the Iranian oil ministry told the ministry’s SHANA news agency on Sunday. The official did not give a reason for the jump […]