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Blockades are acts of war. Multiples rounds of sanctions targeting vital state functions have similar effects if pushed too far. Ones in place now violate fundamental human rights. They're illegal. Iran should sue. Unlike the International Criminal Court, ICJ rulings are more measured and just. It called Israel's Apartheid Wall illegal. ››read more
A lengthy meeting in Turkey between Iran and the European Union on Tuesday failed to result in any tangible progress except an agreement to hold a follow-up meeting at experts level. ››read more
Less than a week ago, the European Union put into effect its comprehensive oil embargo against Iran upon which the member states had reached an agreement on January 23.
The EU’s unilateral sanctions come after the United States targeted Iran with a set of sanctions against the country’s Central Bank and a number of individuals and companies, and threatened to penalize the foreign firms and banks which have financial transactions with Iranian counterparts. ››read more
Remember the reports that Iran was storing oil in its tanker fleet because it couldn't sell the oil?
The comments suggest that Israel is growing impatient with the ongoing sanctions against Iran, and is looking for something that will be a “game changer” that finally forces regime change or at least spawns an international objection that can be used as an excuse for a unilateral attack. ››read more
Interview with Peter Jenkins, the former British Ambassador to IAEA. ››read more
Editor's note: Peter Jenkins had a distinguished 33 year career with the British Diplomatic Service; he also was the UK representative to the "International Atomic Energy Agency" IAEA in Vienna between 2001 and 2006.
In a special meeting on Iraq, Hassan Danaifar - Iran’s ambassador to Iraq – spoke about the latest developments in Iran-Iraq relations. During this extended meeting he stated his views on the importance of expansion and maintenance of relations between Iran and Iraq. Furthermore, he announced the Iranian embassy’s willingness to closely collaborate with any of the Iranian media that are looking to expand operations to Iraq, as well as facilitating journalists’ travel to Iraq. ››read more
The move orders US banks, including their foreign subsidiaries, to block and freeze all transactions coming out of Iran, and also gives them the power to seize any assets to which they are given access in relation to those transactions. ››read more
Last Monday, in addition to embargoing Iran’s oil, the EU joined the US on imposing sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. In a dialogue with IRD, Mohammad Hossein Adeli – the former head of Iran’s Central Bank and former ambassador to the UK – outlines the effects of the sanctions on the Central Bank. ››read more
This week, as the European Union inches closer to imposing a total oil embargo on Iran, thus escalating tensions to dangerous new levels, it is important to scrutinize the causes of what is rapidly turning into a major international crisis with unforeseen consequences, and to ponder the potential option of alternative Western policies that would prevent yet another crisis of choice, rather than necessity. ››read more
The inexperienced British government has not properly read through the pile of documents in the Foreign Ministry archives on Tehran-London relations. ››read more
On Wednesday afternoon, in a joint press conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner announced that the United States had imposed a new set of unilateral sanctions, including a travel ban and freezing of assets, against a number of top-ranking Iranian officials whom it accused of "serious and sustained human rights abuses" since the presidential election last year. ››read more
A leading US lawyer has denounced as "illegal" sanctions imposed by his country on Iran, urging the US government to stop interfering in Tehran's internal affairs. ››read more
Turkish officials have told an American delegation that it has no intention of following unilateral US sanctions on Iran, a move likely to deepen a rift between the two NATO allies over the Islamic republic's contentious nuclear program that Washington believes is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. ››read more
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday his country was ready for immediate talks with world powers over an exchange of enriched uranium. ››read more
Cambodia Speaking to reporters on Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hor Namhong, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs said "to impose sanctions against Iran is not a solution" and that he suggested " negotiations and engagement" should be better ways out. ››read more
The current U.S. standoff against Iran, like the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, was instigated by the neoconservatives of the Bush Administration based on their doctrine of “maintaining U.S. pre-eminence, thwarting rival powers and shaping the global security system according to U.S. interests”. In the case of Saddam’s regime, its fictitious Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and its alleged links to Al-Qaida were used in the U.S. propaganda war to first impose U.N. sanctions and eventually invade Iraq. We now have a déjà vu situation in which the U.S. and its allies, prodded by Israel, demonize Iran as a threat to world security and accuse it of having a program to develop nuclear weapons. As with Iraq, the real aim is a regime change in Iran to set up a U.S. puppet government in this oil- and gas-rich country in the key strategic Persian Gulf region. This has also happened before in the 1953 U.S.-British coup in Iran. The same forces in U.S., U.K., Israel and allies today distort the truth and engage in deceit, coercion and aggression to achieve their goals. We will briefly examine some of the key facts in the standoff. ››read more
"I'd argue we've not seriously tried negotiation," says Gary Sick, a former member of the US National Security Council. "We said to Iran, when the Obama administration first came in, we're ready to negotiate. And Iran was slow in responding, going through a political crisis of its own, and we said 'well, we can't do that', so we walked away from it." ››read more
Iran Sunday expressed its readiness to meet with the Vienna Group and also asked for Turkey and Brazil to sit in on any future talks with the group. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made the statement at a press conference here on Sunday evening after trilateral talks with his Brazilian and Turkish counterparts earlier in the day. ››read more
BEIJING, Jul 6 - China warned other nations Tuesday against taking unilateral actions against Iran's nuclear programme outside newly passed UN sanctions and denounced the United States for making such moves. ››read more