Thursday, June 14, 2018

Eye on Iran: Mazda, Hyundai Leave Iranian Market, Affecting Cars and Shipping

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A week after it was announced that French carmaker Peugeot-Citroen had left the Iranian market, Japan's Mazda and South Korean Hyundai have also suspended contracts with Iran, according to a member of the parliamentary Industries and Mines Commission.

Austria's Oberbank will withdraw from Iran because of increased risk for European companies in light of potential U.S. sanctions, it said on Wednesday.

Iranian authorities on Wednesday jailed a prominent human rights lawyer who has defended women who removed their mandatory Islamic head scarves in public. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home by unidentified agents and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, an advocacy group. Her husband, Reza Khandan, said the agents told him she must serve a five-year sentence but did not say on what charges she was being detained, the group said. Separately, state media reported that Farhad Jafari, a well known writer in the city of Mashhad, was arrested 12 days ago for supporting "the girls of Enghelab Avenue," near the Tehran square where, in December, a woman removed her headscarf in protest of modesty laws that require Iranian women to cover their hair.

Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said.

The Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a subsequent speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have engendered a range of responses: Some welcomed the new hard line, but most expressed concern and criticism. Critics have accused the administration of calling for war or regime change; others have denounced its strategy as unrealistic. In actuality, though, the Trump administration's approach has a reasonable chance of succeeding with Iran. 


The White House is moving to defend U.S. President Donald Trump's deal allowing Chinese telecom giant ZTE to stay in business despite violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

OPEC nation Iran said it expects the group to stick with its pact to restrain oil supply as world markets don't need more crude. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners will meet next week and debate whether to restore output halted last year. Saudi Arabia and Russia have said it's time to reverse the cuts and appear to have begun reviving supplies, but face opposition from Iran, Iraq and Venezuela.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in South Africa yesterday to discuss ways of expanding bilateral ties, Iranian media reported... Zarif is accompanied by a senior trade delegation that includes representatives both from the government and private sectors.


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he needs the assistance of Iranian and Hizballah forces in Syria and they will stay for as long as they deem necessary.

The Hezbollah terror group is refusing a Russian request that it evacuate sites along the Syria-Lebanon border, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Iranian President Hassan defended Iran's growing military presence in Syria, claiming that the Islamic Republic was engaged in "fighting terrorism."  

Senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet in Geneva on June 18-19 for consultations with the United Nations about setting up a constitutional committee for Syria, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Wednesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iranian-backed militias in Syria of fueling sectarian tensions and divisions in the war-torn country.  

Russia's engagement with Israel and the United States on Syria does not pose a direct threat against Iran, and could even turn out to be beneficial for Tehran in several aspects.

Like so many people around the world, I am excitedly preparing for this year's World Cup. But as an Iranian woman now living in America, I know this year will be different. It will be first time in my life that I'll be able to enjoy the games freely, in public, wearing whatever I want with whomever I please.


An open letter addressed to two-time president (1997-2005) and Reformist icon Mohammad Khatami, urging him to salvage the political movement that he pioneered in 1997, has been signed by 100 Iranian activists.


A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the Yemen war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest humanitarian crisis... So far, the Arab states have not tried to capture such a heavily defended major city since joining the war three years ago against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control the capital, Sanaa, and most of the populated areas.


As Iraq's fragmented political forces negotiate how to form a new government following last month's elections, two issues loom large. Will Iraq's recent policy of carefully balancing ties with Iran and its rivals, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia-an approach championed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi-survive in a new political environment? And will Iraq's new government be able to take painful steps to jump-start economic reforms, eliminating inefficient subsidies and dismantling corrupt patronage networks that stifle development?

Turkey is in contact with Iran about conducting a possible military operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the northern Iraq region of Qandil, close to the Iranian border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

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