Archiv: sanctions


28.11.2019 - 06:16 [ Caixinglobal.com ]

China Guzzles More Saudi Oil

China’s thirst for Saudi Arabian oil continues to grow on the back of massive refinery joint ventures, and the nation is also drawing more crude from Russia, as imports from the U.S., Iran and Venezuela dwindle, fresh Chinese customs data for the year to November show.

23.10.2019 - 19:25 [ Reuters ]

Trump says Turkey’s ceasefire in northern Syria now permanent, sanctions lifted

“How many Americans must die in the Middle East in the midst of these ancient sectarian and tribal conflicts?” he said. “I am committed to pursuing a different course, one that leads to victory for America.”

11.10.2019 - 14:40 [ APnews.com ]

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

(06.10.2019)

Officials in Beijing didn’t immediately acknowledge their decision. Phone calls to the CNPC rang unanswered on Sunday and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif separately complained Sunday about the U.S. campaign against Tehran and its impact on foreign investments.

06.10.2019 - 12:38 [ Maysam Behravesh ‏/ Twitter ]

According to Iranian oil minister Zanganeh, China’s CNPC has pulled out of the consortium to develop #Iran’s South Pars gas field, following France’s Total which withdrew from the project due to US sanctions. Now Iran’s Petropars will alone be in charge of developing the field.

05.10.2019 - 18:06 [ Washington Post ]

Syria and Iraq open a key border crossing closed since 2012

(30.09.2019)

BEIRUT — Syria and Iraq announced the reopening of a border crossing between the two countries Monday, a step toward the normalization of Iraq’s relationship with its western neighbor and a boost to Iran, which will now have an open corridor into Syria.

05.10.2019 - 17:54 [ MSN.com ]

Iraq reopens Syria crossing in win for mutual ally Iran

(30.09.2019)

The crossing, which Iraqi officials declared open for travellers and trade, is crucial for Iran’s bid to cement its growing sway over a corridor of territory from Tehran to Beirut.

The opening of the crossing signified „the victory of the Iraqi and Syrian people over all terrorist groups, especially Daesh,“ said Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun, using a term for Islamic State.

14.09.2019 - 21:03 [ CNBC.com ]

Oil falls 2.9% following report Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran

(11.09.2019)

U.S. oil prices dropped more than 2% on Wednesday after Bloomberg News reported that President Donald Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran in order to reopen negotiations.

WTI crude oil futures fell 2.9% to $55.75 a barrel, while Brent crude fell 2.28% to $60.96 a barrel.

02.09.2019 - 10:56 [ Tehran Times ]

Iran’s Araghchi to visit Paris Monday to discuss proposal to save JCPOA

Since Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, Tehran has been asking Europe to ignore U.S. sanctions and continue trade. Recently, French President Emmanuel Macron has offered Iran economic incentives in order to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

27.08.2019 - 21:10 [ apnews.com ]

Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let’s talk

Earlier on Monday, Rouhani expressed readiness to negotiate a way out of the crisis following America’s pullout from the nuclear deal.

“If I knew that going to a meeting and visiting a person would help my country’s development and resolve the problems of the people, I would not miss it,” he had said. “Even if the odds of success are not 90% but are 20% or 10%, we must move ahead with it. We should not miss opportunities.”

25.07.2019 - 19:25 [ CheckpointAsia.net ]

Somebody Blew Up the Pipeline to Syria’s Main Oil Terminal: Oil embargo of the country now backed by sabotage of key oil infrastructure

(28.06.2019)

Experts confirm that the attack was a well-planned operation. Pipes are at a depth of dozens meters underwater. Such a difficult mining mission can be completed only by trained and well-equipped specs. This fact excludes the operating of the irregular militants.

25.07.2019 - 19:20 [ Oilprice.com ]

Oil Pipelines Sabotaged In Syria

(24.06.2019) The network carries crude oil from the coast to tankers at the port of Banias. The port city houses one of Syria’s two refineries. The other is located in Homs, in central Syria.

Last month U.S.-led forces blew up three oil tankers in Syria in the latest push against the Syrian government which is fighting rebel groups in their last remaining stronghold in Syria, in Idlib.

Syria is heavily dependent on crude oil imports through the Mediterranean, with a lot of the oil coming from Iran.

25.07.2019 - 17:09 [ NKnews.org ]

Oil tanker numbers at Nampho not impacted by sanctions, analysis shows

Analysis of oil tanker numbers at North Korea’s Nampho oil terminal compiled from over two and half years of satellite imagery shows continued and sustained activity at the site, despite strict UN sanctions restricting oil flows passed at the end of 2017.

The collection of over 300 images, taken at regular intervals between January 2017 and July 2019 by Planet Labs satellites, overall show an expanding oil loading facility growing to meet continual activity.

21.07.2019 - 10:25 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Military chiefs urge next PM to ’send in the MARINES‘ to protect ships as Iran taunts UK with footage of moment balaclava-clad commandos abseiled from helicopter and hijacked British tanker in ‚tit-for-tat‘ strike

After the dramatic hijacking of the Stena Impero oil tanker carrying 23 crew by Iranian Special Forces, top brass were last night devising a list of options for a rapid military response.

It is understood they will seek the green light to deploy Royal Marines on British vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz to act as a deterrent to further aggression.

21.07.2019 - 10:05 [ theGuardian.pe.ca ]

Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month

(20.07.2019)

Gibraltar said the Iranian vessel, seized by marines in a daring landing in darkness off the coast of the British territory on July 4, was suspected of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.

21.07.2019 - 09:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Jeremy Hunt seeks EU and UN backing for stringent new sanctions against Iran after ‚illegal seizure‘ of UK oil tanker

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce a range of measures targeting the Iranian regime following the seizure of the Stena Impero on Friday Afternoon.

Mr Hunt is expected to urge the European Union to support British calls for a host of diplomatic and economic sanctions to target Iran- including reimposing restrictions which were lifted after Tehran signed the 2016 nuclear deal.

20.07.2019 - 18:38 [ breakingthenews.net ]

Zarif: Iran tells EU oil sales to Russia, China not enough

(18.07.2019)

Zarif told Russia’s TASS: „We expect them to implement their obligations to normalize economic relations between Iran and other countries.“ He added: „The Europeans – both E3 and the entire EU – are part of it [the deal] and they have to implement their commitments.“

20.07.2019 - 18:34 [ spglobal.com ]

China’s crude imports from Iran drop 67% on month in May to 255,000 b/d as waiver expires

(27.07.2019)

China imported 1.08 million mt, or 255,065 b/d, of crude oil from Iran in May, down 66.7% from the five-year high of 3.24 million mt in April as the US‘ sanction waivers for Iranian oil expired on May 2.

15.07.2019 - 14:24 [ Haaretz ]

Pro-Israel Groups Promoted anti-BDS Resolution in German Parliament, Der Spiegel Reports

The report claims that local groups such as the Middle East Peace Forum and WerteInitiative (Values Initiative) worked together with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in order to promote the resolution, an enterprise that included “donations to politicians.” The groups deny these charges, but the story has evoked a stormy public debate. Bild, the most widely-read newspaper in Germany, sharply criticized the report, calling it anti-Semitic.

15.07.2019 - 12:59 [ theGuardian.com ]

The Guardian view on Britain and Iran: a game for losers

he risk is that the president may be goaded into a war by those around him, particularly if things go wrong on the ground – and that Britain will be dragged in by a White House-appeasing prime minister.

Meanwhile the slow slog of diplomacy continues, with European foreign ministers due to meet again on Monday. The EU says that more members, and non-member states too, are buying into the Instex barter-style system created to enable trade. But it still needs proper funding.

15.07.2019 - 12:55 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Rouhani out of time, support for revised nuclear deal

In reality, the US sanctions and, partly, Europe’s inability to save the JCPOA are gradually radicalizing Iran and its society. Moderates in Tehran risk being accused of betraying their country. They are being undermined and isolated, and their positions are being taken away one by one. For instance, Heshmatollah Falhatpishe, a prominent moderate and pragmatist parliament member, recently tweeted that Iran should give Instex more time. But he’s no longer taken seriously, having just last month lost his position as chairman of parliament’s foreign policy commission to a staunch JCPOA enemy.

15.07.2019 - 03:59 [ teleSUR ]

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution Rejecting US Sanctions

The draft resolution was approved with 28 votes in favor, 14 against and five abstentions, and was presented by Venezuela and Palestine on behalf of the Movement of Non-aligned Countries (NAM), except Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Peru, during the OHCHR’s 41st session.

12.07.2019 - 11:35 [ France24.com ]

Missiles belonging to French army found at pro-Haftar base in Libya

(10.07.2019)

The missiles were intended for the “protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out counter-terrorism operations”, the ministry added.

In its statement, the French ministry of defence also denied the Javelins had been given to Haftar’s forces, and it further reiterated that the arms were not subject to import restrictions because they were intended for the protection of French troops.

10.07.2019 - 09:35 [ GBC News ‏/ Twitter ]

.@GibraltarGov has confirmed that the Grace 1 supertanker, detained in #Gibraltar last week, was found to be „loaded to capacity with crude oil“. It’s also highlighted that the tanker was „well inside“ British Gibraltar Territorial Waters when boarded, as per this screenshot.

10.07.2019 - 09:09 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

Laboratory tests confirm Grace 1 was carrying crude oil

„The Grace 1 was detained last week in Gibraltar when it freely navigated into British Gibraltar territorial waters to a point two miles off the Eastside of Gibraltar, having previously exited the international waters of the Straits of Gibraltar, on a pre-arranged call for provisions and spare parts,“ the Gibraltar Government spokesman said.

The ship was „well inside BGTW“ when it was boarded and remains detained in that area, the spokesman added.
To illustrate that point, the Gibraltar Government issued a screen grab from the Port of Gibraltar’s vessel traffic monitoring system taken on the night of detention.

10.07.2019 - 09:06 [ Press TV ]

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iranian tanker for 14 days: Attorney general

(05.07.2019)

Spain, which challenges the British ownership of Gibraltar, has said the seizure was prompted by a US request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters.

10.07.2019 - 08:42 [ Compuserve.com ]

U.S. wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen

„We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab,“ said Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10.07.2019 - 08:36 [ RT.com ]

Freedom of piracy: US seeks allies to outsource hunt for Iranian oil tankers

Washington has a new tactic in its ongoing campaign against Tehran: outsource the naval blockade of Iran and have allies seize oil tankers in international waterways – all in the name of “freedom of navigation,” of course.

06.07.2019 - 12:28 [ CNN ]

India is buying more US and Saudi oil because of sanctions on Iran

India was one of only eight countries granted a waiver that allowed it to keep buying oil from Tehran, but that reprieve expired on May 2.
While India had said it would only recognize sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the country’s petroleum minister said in April that it would source „additional supplies from other major oil producing countries.“

06.07.2019 - 12:22 [ Mehr News ]

Increase in uranium stockpile due to US ban on exports

Speaking to Mehr correspondent on Saturday, Mojtaba Zonnour, chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said “we have done nothing in violation of the JCPOA. It was the US which caused the increase in our enriched uranium stockpile by banning its exports.”

“The US has also banned the export of Iran’s heavy water, which has also caused an increase in our heavy water reserves,” he added.

06.07.2019 - 11:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

UK finds itself in diplomatic maelstrom with Iran and Spain after seizure of Syria-bound oil-tanker

Analysis: UK officials say the aim is to calm the situation and not make it more incendiary – as some in Washington appear to be intent on doing

05.07.2019 - 13:44 [ Music for Cougars / Twitter ]

Not only does the NYT not explain that the maximum pressure campaign was designed to force Iran into non compliance by preventing uranium exports, but they’re also wrong about what killed the deal. Trump violated the agreement by imposing unilateral sanctions!

05.07.2019 - 13:41 [ New York Times ]

Rouhani Says Iran Will Begin Enriching Uranium at Higher Level in Days

Mr. Rouhani has said that Iran would gradually stop complying with the restrictions if the European nations failed to provide some relief from the economic pain within two months of the latest constriction of the American sanctions — a deadline that falls on Sunday.

05.07.2019 - 13:40 [ rferl.org ]

U.S. Extends Waivers On Iranian Civilian Nuclear Plants, But Hits Uranium Exports

(04.05.2019)

Iran was to sell off any enriched uranium above the limit on international markets in return for natural uranium.

Now, however, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would start to impose sanctions on anyone involved in the trade of natural for enriched uranium — as well as in the storage of Iranian heavy water that was in excess of limits.

05.07.2019 - 10:11 [ IRNA.ir ]

UK seizure of Iranian oil tanker amounts to sea piracy: Official

Noting that the tanker was moving in the international waterways, he said that the UK has no right to exert its or EU’s unilateral sanctions against other countries extraterritorially.

„This is the same US bullying policy that European states have always protested to it,“ he

05.07.2019 - 10:08 [ IRNA.ir ]

Iran summons UK envoy over illegal seizure of oil tanker

According to Spanish officials, the Grace 1, Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying Iranian oil, was seized by British patrol ships off Gibralter and was detained on the US orders.

04.07.2019 - 12:51 [ Yörük Işık ‏/ Twitter ]

Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker on its way to #Syria thought to be breaching EU sanctions, the government of Gibraltar has said. ⁦@key2med⁩

04.07.2019 - 12:39 [ BBC ]

Oil tanker bound for Syria detained in Gibraltar

Authorities said there was reason to believe the ship, called the Grace 1, was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria.

The refinery is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria, the chief minister of the government said.

04.07.2019 - 11:33 [ Daily Sabah ]

US might end arms sales to UAE over reports American missiles shipped to Libya’s Haftar

(02.07.2019)

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, demanded an investigation and asked for explanations by July 15 on arms agreements with the United Arab Emirates.

„You are surely aware that if these allegations prove true you may be obligated by law to terminate all arms sales to the UAE,“ Menendez said.

He warned that the transfer would be a „serious violation“ of US law and „almost certainly“ break the UN arms embargo on Libya.

30.06.2019 - 10:16 [ Motoko Rich, NYT Tokyo bureau chief ‏/ Twitter ]

Question: will sanctions stay on? Trump: „they’re staying on. I’m looking forward to taking them off. ..i don’t like sanctions being on this country. „

29.06.2019 - 19:47 [ CheckpointAsia.net ]

Somebody Blew Up the Pipeline to Syria’s Main Oil Terminal: Oil embargo of the country now backed by sabotage of key oil infrastructure

(28.06.2019)

Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources stated on June, 23 the explosion of 5 pipelines nearby Baniyas city of Tartus province. (…)

Experts confirm that the attack was a well-planned operation. Pipes are at a depth of dozens meters underwater. Such a difficult mining mission can be completed only by trained and well-equipped specs. This fact excludes the operating of the irregular militants.

29.06.2019 - 10:11 [ European External Action Service ]

Chair’s statement following the 28 June 2019 meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

France, Germany and the United Kingdom informed participants that INSTEX had been made operational and available to all EU Member States and that the first transactions are being processed. Ongoing complementary cooperation with the Iranian corresponding entity (STFI), which has already been established, will speed up. They confirmed that some EU Member States were in the process of joining INSTEX as shareholders, the special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating legitimate business with Iran. They are also working to open INSTEX to economic operators from third countries.

29.06.2019 - 10:08 [ Helga Schmid, Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) / Twitter ]

INSTEX now operational, first transactions being processed and more EU Members States to join. Good progress on Arak and Fordow projects

28.06.2019 - 18:57 [ Xinhua ]

Iran says Vienna meeting „last chance“ to save nuclear deal

On Friday, a joint commission meeting of the Iranian nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), headed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid, will gather representatives from the deal’s remaining signatories in Vienna to discuss implementing the accord.