Archiv: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

15.02.2019 - 06:29 [ ]

IAEA Chief Complains of ‘Pressure’ Over Iran Nuclear Inspections

(1.2.2019) Insisting once again that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog complained this week that attempts – he didn’t say by whom – to pressure the agency on inspections were “counter-productive and extremely harmful.”

15.02.2019 - 06:23 [ ]

Fake news goes nuclear as IAEA warns against meddling with Iran

(2.2.2019) A veteran CIA officer was discussing Iran’s future at an international security forum in Israel on Tuesday (Jan 29) when the moderator cut him off to cue up a breaking news bulletin on the giant monitor overhead.

Iran, Israel’s Channel 2 announced, had just abandoned its landmark nuclear deal with world powers and will start kicking out inspectors immediately.

31.01.2019 - 08:02 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Says Preparations for Iran SPV Are at ‘Advanced Stage’

(24.1.2019) Officials representing the bloc’s 28 governments are set to discuss a draft text welcoming the agreement on the SPV at a meeting in Brussels on Friday, according to a person familiar with the process. The governments could then formally adopt it at their next regular meeting, which would be on Monday, the person said.

31.01.2019 - 08:00 [ Behzad Saberi, advisor, Iranian Foreign Ministry ]

Long-delayed European #SPV, if established and then operationalized, was never supposed to be limited to items not-sanctioned by the US. Quite the contrary, its raison d’être (and only given justification for delays) has been to overcome US unlawful sanctions. We’ll see. #JCPOA


30.01.2019 - 17:22 [ Reuters ]

Iran implementing its commitments under nuclear deal, IAEA says

“Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA,” Amano said, repeating his position on the deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments.”

25.11.2018 - 14:42 [ ]

Iran calls on all IMO members to support it against sanctions

US sanctions against Iran undermine equal rights of members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said deputy director of Iran’s Port and Maritime Organization, Hadi Haghshenas.

“IMO members have expressed their disagreement with the US position against Iran,“ Haghshenas told ILNA.

08.11.2018 - 05:39 [ Radio Utopie ]

Iranischer Hafen Chabahar „U.S.-sanktionsbefreit“

Ex-C.I.A.-Chef und aktueller Aussenminister der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, Mike Pompeo, bestätigte am 6.11.2018, dass der einzige iranische Tiefwasserhafen am Golf von Oman von den U.S.-Sanktionen nicht betroffen ist. Zudem wird es dem Iran „erlaubt“, eine geplante Eisenbahnstrecke vom Hafen nach Afghanistan fertigzustellen.

06.11.2018 - 05:36 [ New York Times ]

Important European Financial Firm Bows to Trump’s Iran Sanctions

An important cog in the global financial system has succumbed to pressure from the Trump administration and severed ties with Iranian banks.

Belgian-based Swift, whose messaging service connects more than 11,000 financial institutions as they transfer money around the world, said it was disconnecting from Iranian banks after the United States announced sanctions against 50 of the country’s financial firms on Monday.

06.11.2018 - 05:34 [ Financial Times ]

Swift to comply with US sanctions on Iran in blow to EU

The Belgian-based company said Monday it would suspend “certain Iranian banks’” access to its cross border-payment network — a signal that it will fall into line with a US list of targeted financial institutions due to be published imminently.

04.11.2018 - 15:23 [ Washington Post ]

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Europe of possible attacks by Iran

(1.11.2018) Speaking to reporters Thursday after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart, Netanyahu said radical Islam is a threat to the world, and that Israel has recently revealed a number of Iranian plots to carry out attacks on European soil.

04.11.2018 - 15:12 [ ]

Netanyahu Thanks Trump as US Sanctions on Iran Set to ‘Snap Back’ in Full at Midnight Sunday


The Trump administration announced Friday that its powerful sanctions would snap back against Iran, effective Sunday, on banking, oil, shipping and other economic sectors where the penalties were lifted by the Obama administration in 2015 as part of the JCPOA nuclear deal.

04.11.2018 - 14:51 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Schakowsky on Netanyahu Speech: „An Effort To Stampede The U.S. Into War Again“

(3.März 2015) REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: [Netanyahu] made the same argument over the Iraq War, that it was time for the United States to not pay attention to any world opinion, but just to go it alone. What I heard today, felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again.

04.11.2018 - 14:47 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.März 2015) MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to „take power away from the president.“

„This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,“ Matthews said.

04.11.2018 - 14:44 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Yarmuth: Netanyahu „Speech Was Straight Out Of Cheney Playbook,“ „Fearmongering At Its Ultimate“

(3.März 2015) „And I also resent the fact that he was telling us how to negotiate when the administration and their representatives have been at this for two years now with the cooperation, participation of five other major nations in the world. This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. It was fearmongerring at its ultimate. Phrases like essentially saying nuclear war is inevitable if this deal were to be accepted, phrases like this would pave the way to Iran having a nuclear bomb, these are things that I think are, again, part of what Dick Cheney would have done and did. This has been the Prime Minister’s pattern. He’s gone to the U.N. and done the same thing. „

03.11.2018 - 18:26 [ Iran Wirtschaft ‏ / Twitter ]

#Iran: Das internationale Zahlungssystem #SWIFT wird vermutlich nicht von #US-#Iransanctions betroffen sein. SWIFT hat ein großes Rechenzentrum in den USA, ist aber in der #EU beheimatet und unterliegt EU-Recht:

03.11.2018 - 18:22 [ ]

US threatens to smack SWIFT with sanctions if it fails to cut off financial services to Iran

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has warned global financial messaging service SWIFT on Friday that it could be penalized if it doesn’t cut off financial services to entities and individuals doing business with Iran.

03.11.2018 - 17:33 [ ]

Iranian Foreign Minister Discusses New US Sanctions With EU Officials – Tehran

„During his Friday night conversations with Mogherini as well as Heiko Maas of Germany, Margot Wallstrom of Sweden, and Denmark’s Anders Samuelsen, the top Iranian diplomat discussed with them Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran and Europe’s efforts to counter such US moves,“ the statement read.

03.11.2018 - 17:29 [ ]

EU’s purposeful delay in implementing SPV

Reuters has recently reported that a new EU mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of US sanctions take effect, but it will not be operational until early next year.

03.11.2018 - 17:20 [ ]

China Unexpectedly Gambles on European Mechanism to Sustain Iran Trade

„It seems that the fate of our trade with China is linked to the support package being prepared by the European Union,“ Hariri told Bourse & Bazaar in reference to the SPV promised by Iran’s key European trading partners.

03.11.2018 - 17:11 [ ]

No EU Member Ready to Host Mechanism to Defy US Anti-Iranian Sanctions – Report

(29.10.2018) No EU member state is willing to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to safeguard Brussels‘ trade ties with Tehran from Washington’s anti-Iranian sanctions, according to The Financial Times.

„No EU government wants to cross the US by having the SPV. Member states are not exactly queueing up for it,“ the newspaper quoted EU diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity.

03.11.2018 - 17:04 [ ]

Iran: Wie die EU jetzt die Sanktionen umgehen will

Der schwere Schönheitsfehler dabei: Bisher hat sich noch kein EU-Land gefunden, das diese Zweckgesellschaft beherbergen möchte. Alle fürchten den Bannstrahl der USA.

03.11.2018 - 11:51 [ ]

Bundesregierung sichert Iran-Exporte mit knapp einer Milliarde Euro

Die Exporte deutscher Unternehmen in den Iran sind zuletzt mit einer hohen Summe durch die Bundesregierung gesichert worden: Seit 2016 wurden für insgesamt 58 Geschäfte sogenannte Exportkreditversicherungen, die auch als Hermesbürgschaften bekannt sind, erteilt. Das teilte das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mit. Demnach betrug das Gesamtvolumen dieser Versicherungen 911 Millionen Euro.

03.11.2018 - 11:37 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

Gemeinsame Erklärung der EU/E3 zu Iran / JCPoA /

Es ist unser Ziel, im Einklang mit EU-Recht und der Resolution 2231 des VN-Sicherheitsrats europäische Wirtschaftsakteure zu schützen, die in legitimen Geschäftsbeziehungen mit Iran stehen.

Als Parteien des JCPoA haben wir uns dazu verpflichtet, unter anderem auf die Bewahrung und Offenhaltung effektiver Finanzkanäle mit Iran sowie an der Fortsetzung der iranischen Öl- und Gasexporte hinzuwirken. Unsere Arbeit an diesen und weiteren Themen geht weiter, auch unter Einbeziehung Russlands und Chinas als Teilnehmer am JCPoA und mit Drittstaaten, die an der Unterstützung des Abkommens interessiert sind. Diese Bemühungen sind in den letzten Wochen verstärkt worden, insbesondere die Anstrengungen zur Unterstützung der europäischen Initiative zur Schaffung einer Zweckgesellschaft (Special Purpose Vehicle), die einzurichten wir gegenwärtig im Begriff sind. Dies wird es ermöglichen, durch eine fortgesetzte Aufhebung von Sanktionen Iran zu erreichen und europäische Exporteure und Importeure in die Lage zu versetzen, legitimen Handel zu treiben.

03.11.2018 - 11:35 [ Downing Street Nr.10 ]

Joint Statement by the UK, France and Germany on the Iran Nuclear Deal

It is our aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231.

As parties to the JCPoA, we have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with Russia and China as participants to the JCPoA and with third countries interested in supporting the JCPoA. These efforts have been intensified in recent weeks, particularly those underpinning the European initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle which we are proceeding with work to set up. This will enable continued sanctions lifting to reach Iran and allow for European exporters and importers to pursue legitimate trade.

03.11.2018 - 11:30 [ ]

The Latest: EU expresses deep regret over US-Iran sanctions

In a joint statement Friday, they said they aim to protect European firms „engaged in legitimate business with Iran.“

They added that their „collective resolve to complete this work is unwavering.“

03.11.2018 - 11:04 [ Weißes Haus ]

President Donald J. Trump Is Reimposing All Sanctions Lifted Under the Unacceptable Iran Deal

Sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, shipping, shipbuilding, and financial sectors.

Over 700 individuals, entities, vessels, and aircraft are going back onto our sanctions list, including major Iranian banks, oil exporters, and shipping companies.
The sanctions also target transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions.
Sales of food, agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Iran have long been—and remain—exempt from our sanctions.

Reimposing sanctions will cut off revenues the regime uses to bankroll terrorist groups, foment global instability, fund nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and enrich its leaders.

03.11.2018 - 10:58 [ ]

US reimposes all Iran sanctions, allows eight countries to continue importing oil

The US Treasury will also demand SWIFT stop servicing Iran’s banking industry as part of enforcing sanctions over the country’s nuclear program and alleged support for terrorism.

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors.

03.11.2018 - 10:53 [ BBC ]

Trump administration to reinstate all Iran sanctions

President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in May, describing it as „defective at its core“ because it had not stopped Iran developing a ballistic missile programme and intervening in neighbouring countries.

„Sanctions are coming,“ he tweeted after Friday’s announcement, referencing the TV series Game of Thrones and its motto „Winter is coming“.

01.11.2018 - 19:38 [ ]

India to seal deal with US that will allow it to continue buying crude oil from Iran without attracting any sanction

New Delhi: India is close to a deal with the US that will allow it to continue buying crude oil from Iran without attracting any sanction after it agreed to cut imports and escrow payments, sources in know of the development said.

26.10.2018 - 18:46 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Merkel and Iran

(2.10.2018) But as Jerusalem Post correspondent Benjamin Weinthal reported, Merkel and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, also back the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” mechanism to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV undercuts the US financial sanctions on Iran’s regime that are due to go into effect on November 5.

23.10.2018 - 17:47 [ ]

Bolton: US, Russia Will Benefit From Sanctions on Iran

National Security Advisor John Bolton has been holding a series of talks in Moscow with senior Russian officials including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

23.10.2018 - 16:06 [ Sputnik ]

Patruschew und Bolton berieten in Moskau: Iran-Deal im Fokus

Der Sekretär des Sicherheitsrates Russlands, Nikolai Patruschew, und der Sicherheitsberater des US-Präsidenten, John Bolton, haben am Montag in Moskau die Situation um das Abkommen mit dem Iran, die Lage in Syrien, Afghanistan und in der Ukraine sowie das Nuklearproblem auf der Korea-Halbinsel erörtert.

09.10.2018 - 19:08 [ Tehran Times ]

Macron’s Anti-Iran Mission

French President Emmanuel Macron continues to play an invisible, but uninterrupted game on the U.S. ground. In August 2017, an agreement was reached between the presidents of France and the United States on „changing the content of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action“. The changes were supposed to cover the four controversial issues (the removal of so-called Sunset clauses, inspection of Iranian military sites, the inclusion of Iran’s missile capability in the JCPOA and limiting Iran’s power in the region).

26.09.2018 - 13:32 [ ]

World upside down as EU and Russia unite against US

The threat of US sanctions has seen EU firms such as French and German car makers Daimler, Peugeot, and Renault, German engineering company Siemens, and French energy firm Total walk away from new ventures in Iran.

But „we [the EU] cannot accept that the US decided the regions with which European companies can or cannot do business,“ Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said after meeting Iranian president Hassan Rohani in New York.

„We’re working hard on this [the SPV] with our European partners,“ German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.

26.09.2018 - 13:23 [ CNN ]

Mogherini: Is war the alternative to Iran diplomacy?

„In times of conflict and crisis is there a better way than diplomacy and dialogue? Is war the alternative?“, says EU Foreign Policy chief on dealings with Iran.

26.09.2018 - 13:19 [ Al Jazeera ]

Top US official John Bolton to Iran: ‚There will be hell to pay‘

„So I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today that if you cross us, our allies or our partners, if you harm our citizens, if you continue to lie cheat and deceive. Yes there will indeed be hell to pay,“ the US National Security Advisor said.

Speaking at an organisation that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which the Trump administration withdrew in May, Bolton criticised the deal as „the worst diplomatic debacle in American history“.

26.09.2018 - 13:17 [ ]

Watch: U.S. ‘Disturbed, Disappointed’ by E.U. Plan to Evade Iran Sanctions

This is one of the of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security,” he said in a speech delivered against a backdrop of protests from anti-war protesters.

“By sustaining revenues to the regime, you are solidifying Iran’s ranking as the number-one state sponsor of terror,” Mr. Pompeo added, observing Iran’s “corrupt ayatollahs” and elite Revolutionary Guards had to be “laughing this morning.”

26.09.2018 - 13:10 [ Koz Post ]

Macron denounced “the law of the strongest” in the tribune of the UN

The iranian issue demonstrates this profound difference of approach. When Donald Trump called on the international community to “isolate the iranian regime”, Emmanuel Macron advocates “dialogue” with Tehran.

“What is it that will fix the real situation in Iran?, he asks. “The law of the strongest? The pressure of a single? No!”

“We know that Iran was on the path to a nuclear military, but what is it that has stopped? The Vienna agreement of 2015,” he continued.

26.09.2018 - 11:24 [ NBC News ]

‚No One Will Trust‘ U.S. if Trump Ends Nuclear Deal, Iran’s President Says

„So we will never go towards production of nuclear weapons, just as in the past we never intended to go towards that path nor did we ever. It has always been peaceful.“

Rouhani defended Iran’s use of ballistic missiles, saying that it fell outside the nuclear agreement and that his country would never sacrifice its „defensive missile capabilities.“

He also complained that the Trump administration was lumping Iran in with North Korea by describing both countries as nuclear threats.

26.09.2018 - 10:54 [ Radio China ]

Wang Yi nimmt an Außenministerkonferenz über iranische Atomfrage teil

Am Montag hat der chinesische Außenminister Wang Yi in New York an der Außenministerkonferenz über die iranische Atomfrage teilgenommen. Die Konferenz wurde von der EU-Außenbeauftragten Federica Mogherini geleitet.

Dabei meinte Wang Yi, die umfassende Vereinbarung über die iranische Atomfrage sei ein vom Weltsicherheitsrat anerkanntes multilaterales Abkommen.

26.09.2018 - 10:45 [ ]

Die Europäer wagen den Aufstand gegen Trump

In einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit dem iranischen Außenminister Mohammad Javad Zarif gab die EU-Außenbeauftragte Federica Mogherini bekannt, die EU werde eine Zweckgesellschaft gründen mit dem Ziel, den Zahlungsverkehr mit Iran aufrechtzuerhalten. Zweck dieser Bank: Trumps Sanktionen gegen Iran umgehen.

26.09.2018 - 10:35 [ Al Jazeera ]

EU and Iran agree on new payment system to skirt US sanctions

In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.

The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.

25.09.2018 - 09:48 [ European External Action Service / Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst ]

EU HR Mogherini at the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran: press point – Part 1

Press point by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran on the implementation of the JCPOA, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, on 24 September 2018 in New York.

25.09.2018 - 09:16 [ European External Action Service / Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst ]

Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Joint Ministerial Statement

10. ​​Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.

25.09.2018 - 09:07 [ Haaretz ]

Remaining Powers of Nuclear Deal Looking to Save Trade Ties With Iran

In a statement after a meeting of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, the group said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible.

25.09.2018 - 09:05 [ Washington Post ]

The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran’s exports

Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions.

Foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran said in a joint statement late Monday that the so-called “Special Purpose Vehicle” will “assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”

10.09.2018 - 16:09 [ Press TV ]

Iran implementing commitments under nuclear deal: Amano

„Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement known as the JCPOA),“ Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday, emphasizing that it was essential that Iran continued to fully implement those commitments.

01.09.2018 - 16:47 [ ]

Informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) – August 2018

Preliminary remarks by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich), on 31 August 2018 in Vienna.

01.09.2018 - 16:39 [ Press TV ]

EU will continue efforts to keep Iran nuclear deal alive: Mogherini

European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the 28-nation bloc would continue its work to preserve a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries after the US unilateral move to pull out from the deal.

Mogherini made the remarks while speaking at a press conference in Vienna on Friday following an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the EU states (Gymnich).

01.09.2018 - 16:16 [ ]

Iran Remains in Compliance With Nuclear Deal Despite Donald Trump’s Sanctions, U.N. Watchdog Reports

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its latest report analyzing Tehran’s conformity with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal—on Thursday, revealing that the country continues to hold up its side of the treaty, according to Radio Free Europe.

01.09.2018 - 08:25 [ Reuters ]

UK minister visits Iran for first time since Trump quit nuclear deal

A junior British minister will arrive in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Iran’s international nuclear deal, in the first visit to the country by a UK minister since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement.

Junior Foreign Minister Alistair Burt is making the visit as Britain and other European signatories to the deal try to keep it alive, despite Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Tehran.

24.08.2018 - 14:58 [ ]

Deutsche US-Strategie: Merkel bremst Maas aus

Bei den internationalen Zahlungssystemen sei ein enge Partnerschaft mit den Vereinigten Staaten weiterhin nötig.

Das Swift-Abkommen regelt die Übermittlung von Bankkundendaten an die USA im Rahmen der Terrorismusbekämpfung.

22.08.2018 - 14:50 [ Radio Utopie ]

Imperialer Komplex: Rochade-Versuch von Heiko Maas

Der Außenminister von Deutschland, Heiko Maas, Heiko Maas propagiert in einer quasi-Regierungserklärung im „Handelsblatt“ zum x-ten Male die zweiten Vereinigten Staaten auf dem Planeten, nämlich die über den Kontinent Europa.

Um die „Vereinigten Staaten von Europa“ und damit den Selbstmord der europäischen Demokratien zu retten, der seit dem Auffliegen der Demokratie-Simulation in Deutschland erklärtes Endziel nicht nur der „S.P.D“, sondern aller Bundestagsparteien ist (mit Ausnahme der vernachlässigbaren „C.S.U.“ und „A.f.D.“), versucht Außenminister Maas die Regierungskrise des bisher nie in Zweifel gezogenen Großen Bruders in Washington zu nutzen und aus der Not eine Offensive zu machen.

Er bringt dafür ein paar Geschenke mit:

22.08.2018 - 14:46 [ ]

‚Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads‘: Germany is challenging the US’s financial monopoly as the Iran row deepens

Germany’s foreign minister has challenged the US monopoly on global payment infrastructure.
Writing in German daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday, Mass said: „It is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States.“
„It is high time to re-evaluate our partnership,“ he said.
European businesses have been caught between the EU and the United States over trade with Iran amid US sanctions.
French energy giant Total officially pulled out of the country on Monday under US pressure.

22.08.2018 - 14:34 [ Sputnik ]

Mehr Unabhängigkeit von USA: EU braucht eigenes Swift-System – Heiko Maas

Die Beziehungen zwischen den USA und der EU werden zunehmend angespannter, auch weil US-Präsident Donald Trump nicht vor wirtschaftlichen Maßnahmen gegen die Europäische Union zurückschreckt. Laut Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas braucht Europa nun mehr wirtschaftliche Unabhängigkeit – und womöglich ein eigenes Swift-System.

22.08.2018 - 09:46 [ Nils Annen, Staatsminister im Auswärtigen Amt / Twitter ]

Außenminister ⁦@HeikoMaas zum JCPOA⁩: Es ist unverzichtbar, dass wir europäische Autonomie stärken, indem wir von den USA unabhängige Zahlungskanäle einrichten, einen Europäischen Währungsfonds schaffen und ein unabhängiges Swift-System aufbauen.

22.08.2018 - 09:17 [ Reuters ]

Germany urges EU payment system without U.S. to save Iran deal

“That’s why it is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States, a European Monetary Fund and an independent SWIFT system,” Maas wrote in the Handelsblatt business daily.

09.08.2018 - 18:22 [ Al-Monitor ]

US game plan on Iran written in Tel Aviv, claim Israeli insiders

An anonymous high-level Israel intel source was quoted in the Israeli media Aug. 7 as saying that the renewed US sanctions imposed this week on Iran “will bring Iran to its knees.’’ The source also argued that chances are good that the country will be forced to return to the negotiating table with the six world powers that cut the nuclear agreement and agree to a modification and to limitations on its continued expansion in the Middle East.

08.08.2018 - 21:06 [ Auswärtiges Amt (Außenministerium von Deutschland) ]

Gemeinsame Erklärung der E3/EU zur Wiedereinführung von US-Iran-Sanktionen

Gemeinsame Erklärung der Hohen Vertreterin Federica Mogherini und der E3-Außenminister Jean-Yves Le Drian (Frankreich), Heiko Maas (Deutschland) und Jeremy Hunt (Großbritannien) zur Wiedereinführung von US-Sanktionen nach dem Rückzug der USA aus der Nuklearvereinbarung mit Iran (JCPoA):

08.08.2018 - 20:56 [ Radio China ]

Verteidigungsminister Großbritanniens bezeichnet das iranische Atomabkommen als das beste erreichbare Abkommen

Obwohl das iranische Atomabkommen nicht perfekt sei, könnten die Beteiligten alle von den pragmatischen Maßnahmen im Abkommen profitieren, sagte Williamson. Sein Land plädiere für ein Gespräch zwischen den USA, dem Iran und anderen betroffenen Seiten, so der Verteidigungsminister Großbritanniens.

Am Tag davor haben die EU-Außenbeauftragte Federica Mogherini und die Außenminister Großbritanniens, Frankreichs und Deutschlands eine gemeinsame Erklärung veröffentlicht.

06.08.2018 - 21:16 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

President in a live televised interview:

Claim of willingness for talks not enough; honesty the key/Talks concurrent with sanctions meaningless/Sanctions targeting Iranian children, people/If US administration ready, we’re ready to negotiate to receive their debts to Iranians since 1953

06.08.2018 - 21:10 [ ]

Trumps Verhandlungsantrag reicht allein nicht aus, es ist notwendig, ehrlich zu sein

Der Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran Hassan Rouahni sagte in der Reaktion auf die Bereitschaft seines US-amerikanischen Amtskollegen für Gespräch mit Iran: „Die Behauptung, dass wir zu Verhandlung bereit sind, ist nicht genug. Die Ehrlichkeit ist die wesentliche Grundlage“.

04.08.2018 - 16:32 [ Radio China ]

China will Atomabkommen mit Iran wahren

Dieses Abkommen sei ein durch den Weltsicherheitsrat überprüftes und anerkanntes multilaterales Abkommen und entspreche den gemeinsamen Interessen der betroffenen Parteien und der internationalen Gemeinschaft, deshalb solle es respektiert und gewahrt werden.

04.08.2018 - 16:23 [ ]

U.S. Attempts to Change Europe’s Mind by Accusing Iran of Terror Plots

The U.S. is reportedly adopting a new approach in its ongoing efforts to convince European countries to renounce the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and isolate Tehran.

The U.S., Israel and Iranian dissidents say that Iran is „hunting its enemies in Europe,“ according to The Wall Street Journal. American and Israeli governments say alleged terror plots and killings are sponsored by Tehran and are telling European governments to withdraw from the nuclear accord and ban Iranian officials.

04.08.2018 - 16:00 [ Wall Street Journal ]

After U.S. Push, Berlin Plans Rules That Could Block Iran Transaction

The amendment follows intense lobbying of the German government and the central bank by the U.S. to stop the Islamic Republic from claiming the assets in what U.S. diplomats think is a desperate scramble to boost Iran’s foreign reserves and shore up its own currency after Washington pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Effective August 25, the amended rules create new powers to block transactions if their execution could threaten “to end important relationships with central banks and financial institutions of third countries,” according to a copy of the rules provided by the Bundesbank on Friday.

03.08.2018 - 17:19 [ Javad Zarif, Außenminister der Islamischen Republik Iran / Twitter ]

Met with President & FM of Singapore & FMs of China, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. Clear global consensus on need to take concerted action to preserve JCPOA. Also detailed review with HR Mogherini of actions by EU and beyond to ensure economic benefits to Iranian people.

03.08.2018 - 15:54 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Pushes Europe to Abandon Iran Over Terror Plots—but Meets Resistance

Washington, Israel and Iranian dissident groups say the alleged recent operations show that Iran has ended years of caution about hunting its enemies in Europe. They are urging European governments to withdraw support for Iran and ban Iranian officials …

28.07.2018 - 16:43 [ Tehran Times ]

How to avoid U.S.-Iran conflict – and perhaps save the nuclear deal

One possibility is direct negotiations between Washington and Tehran. Trump has indicated he believes his hard line will prompt Iran to seek a “bigger deal” with Washington, telling a press briefing at this month’s NATO summit that Tehran “at some point will call me and ask for a deal, and we’ll make a deal.“ However, Trump needs to understand that his current strategy forecloses opportunities for diplomatic compromise because, as Rouhani’s “mother of all wars” statement shows, Iran’s leaders are unlikely to accept the humiliation – and the blow to national pride – of a complete surrender to Trump’s threats and pressure.

Another option is that the JCPOA continues without the United States.

28.07.2018 - 16:26 [ ]

All parties to Iranian N-deal should fully comply with their obligations: BRICS Declaration

Iran agreed a long-term deal on its nuclear programme with the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany in 2015 under which Tehran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

25.07.2018 - 13:31 [ Radio Utopie ]

Analyse: Vorbereitung eines Angriffskrieges in Deutschland

(2.7.2018) Die Entwicklung der Regierungskrise in Deutschland bleibt abzuwarten. Die etablierte Contralinke, die simulierte Sozialdemokratie die keine ist, sie spielen dabei ebenso wenige irgendeine Rolle wie der Flüchtlingsfetisch.

Einen Hinweis noch: die Vorbereitung eines Angriffskrieges in Deutschland ist verfassungswidrig. Schon dessen Vorbereitung steht zwingend unter Strafe.

Ich rate also diesen sogenannten „Sicherheitsbehörden“ in Deutschland, sich bei einer solchen verfassungswidrigen Vorbereitung eines Angriffskrieges nicht erwischen zu lassen. Und ebensowenig bei Intrigen gegen die amtierende Kanzlerin.

21.07.2018 - 18:39 [ Ayatollah Khamenei ]

If Iran’s oil export is blocked, no other country in region will export oil either: Imam Khamenei

The leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the repeated mention of unreliability of the US by Iranian officials and stated: „I have always been insisting that we cannot trust the words or even signatures of the U.S. authorities. Hence, negotiating with the US is useless.“

The leader of the Islamic Revolution regarded activation of unexploited or not properly-exploited capacities in the country as important and added: „Negotiations with Europe can go on; but we must not linger, waiting for the European pack. Meanwhile multiple necessary tasks within the country must be carried out.”

21.07.2018 - 18:34 [ ]

Atomdeal: Iran schließt neue Verhandlungen mit USA aus

„Dem Wort und selbst der Unterschrift der Amerikaner kann man nicht vertrauen“, sagte Chamenei heute bei einem Treffen mit Vertretern des iranischen Außenministeriums.

Verhandlungen mit den USA seien nutzlos und ein „klarer Fehler“, wurde auf seiner Website mitgeteilt. Chamenei hat laut Verfassung das letzte Wort in allen strategischen Belangen des Iran.

20.07.2018 - 05:41 [ ]

Controversial John Bolton Ally Breaks With Trump Over Helsinki Summit

Having long derided the Iran nuclear deal as “defective,” Trump during the Helsinki summit stood alongside Putin as the Russian president spoke of “lamentable consequences” if the treaty was not maintained.

16.07.2018 - 20:15 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption

The US has rejected pleas from the EU to grant exemptions to European firms from the sanctions on Iran that will start to be reinstated next month.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote in a letter that they wanted to exert „unprecedented“ pressure on Tehran.

16.07.2018 - 07:40 [ ]

Irans Oberster Führer bezeichnet „Diplomatie und Entwicklung der Beziehungen zu anderen Ländern“ als notwendig

Der Irans Revolutionsführer Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei sagte unter Betonung der „Notwendigkeit, Diplomatie und Beziehungen zu anderen Ländern zu entwickeln“: „Abgesehen von einigen wenigen Fällen – wie den Vereinigten Staaten – müssen Irans Beziehungen zu anderen Ländern, einschließlich des Westens und des Ostens, erweitert und weiterentwickelt werden“.

16.07.2018 - 07:32 [ ]

EU-Außenminister tagen zu Iran und Libyen

Nach dem Ausstieg der USA aus dem Atomabkommen mit dem Iran wollen die EU-Staaten grünes Licht für den Schutz europäischer Unternehmen vor von Washington wiedereingeführten Sanktionen geben. So soll sichergestellt werden, dass europäische Firmen weiter Geschäfte mit dem Iran machen können, und Teheran seinerseits weiter an dem Atomabkommen festhält.

09.07.2018 - 13:49 [ ]

Trump envoy seeks to sweet talk Germany Inc. out of Iran

(4.7.2018) In a bid to coax small- and medium-sized German companies active in Iran away from the Islamic Republic, Ambassador Richard Grenell has quietly begun engaging business executives with an offer to help them tap the much larger and lucrative U.S. market, according to people briefed on the talks. On Tuesday, he met with the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and about a dozen companies to make his pitch.

09.07.2018 - 13:46 [ Xinhua ]

Iran denies assets frozen in Germany: spokesperson

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed the reports that Germany has blocked parts of the Islamic republic’s financial assets as „baseless,“ according to the ministry’s website.

The reports aimed at creating a „psychological war“ as Iran and Europe are in talks over the former’s nuclear standoff, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said

09.07.2018 - 13:35 [ ]

5 World Powers Commit to Iran Deal, Back Oil Exports Despite US Sanctions Threat

„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.

„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.

„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“

09.07.2018 - 13:32 [ Sputnik ]

US to Use EU Stance on Iran Deal to Pressure NATO Over Defense Spending – Prof

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.

07.07.2018 - 19:00 [ Newsweek ]

U.S. Iran Deal Exit Brings Russia and China Closer to Europe as They Meet Behind Trump’s Back

The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.

06.07.2018 - 14:06 [ ]

Außenminister Irans und der G4+1 diskutieren in Wien

Das Treffen zum iranischen Atomabkommen auf der Ebene der Außenminister findet in Wien unter Beteiligung der Außenminister aus dem Iran und den fünf Staaten (Frankreich, Großbritannien, Russland, Deutschland und China) statt.

Das Treffen findet auf Initiative von Teheran statt und wird das zweite Treffen der Gemeinsamen Kommission sein, nachdem die USA sich vom Atomabkommen mit dem Iran zurückgezogen haben.

06.07.2018 - 13:43 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

Dr Rouhani in a phone call with French President: Iran’s demands for JCPOA survival need to be met/Iran demands compensation of US withdrawal from the deal

President Rouhani referred to the proposed package of the three European countries for continuation of the nuclear deal and stressed the importance of serious attention to Iran’s demands in tomorrow’s meeting of foreign ministers of 5 European countries in Vienna for continuation of cooperation.

06.07.2018 - 13:40 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

President in a phone call with German Chancellor: We expected a clear, straightforward package from 3 European countries/If we have hope of future, we’ll continue cooperation with Europe

President described the package proposed by the three European countries on the nuclear deal disappointing and said: “If the process of European foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna, which is aimed at encouraging Iran to cooperate, is promising, we will continue our cooperation with Europe”.

06.07.2018 - 13:29 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran ‏/ Twitter ]

In Vienna for JCPOA Ministerial Meeting. My mandate is crystal clear: Forge practical solutions.

Expecting EU/E3+2 counterparts to make verifiable & actionable commitments rather than lofty & obscure promises. Make no mistake: Sanctions & JCPOA compliance are mutually exclusive.

05.07.2018 - 19:46 [ Times of Israel ]

PM derides Europe for holding Iran nuke talks after alleged Paris attack plot

In mocking speech at US Embassy party, Netanyahu urges Europeans to ’stop appeasing‘ Tehran as foiled plan to bomb opposition rally casts shadow over Vienna talks by Rouhani, Zarif