Archiv: sanctions


03.09.2020 - 20:32 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

International Criminal Court condemns US economic sanctions

The new measures, announced pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC Rome Statute.

These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the Court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally.

The Court continues to stand firmly by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world’s most serious crimes under international law, independently and impartially, in accordance with its mandate. In doing so, the Court benefits from the strong support and commitment of two thirds of the world’s States which are parties to the Rome Statute.

03.09.2020 - 20:30 [ European Union External Action (EEAS) / Auswärtiger Dienst der Europäischen Union ]

International Criminal Court: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on US sanctions

The European Union is unwavering in its support for the universality of the Rome Statute and for the ICC. We will resolutely defend it from any attempts aimed at obstructing the course of justice and undermining the international system of criminal justice.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Metro.us ]

U.S. blacklists ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans.

“Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly,” Pompeo told reporters.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Times of Israel ]

US sanctions ICC prosecutor who allowed complaint of Israeli ‘war crimes’

The US has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court just weeks after she allowed a complaint of Israeli “war crimes” to proceed.

Announcing sanctions against the ICC’s Fatou Bensouda, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the court “continues to target Americans”, in apparent reference to investigations into US Army actions in Afghanistan.

22.08.2020 - 04:13 [ Reuters ]

Thirteen of 15-member U.N. Security Council oppose U.S. push for Iran sanctions

Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.

20.08.2020 - 08:45 [ CNN ]

Pompeo says he’ll go to UN ’soon‘ to push for snapback sanctions on Iran

The process is expected to be messy, as China and Russia openly oppose the effort to snap back sanctions, and other parties to the deal — Germany, the UK, France — are also against the move. All of them question the legality of the US trying to reimpose sanctions under the 2015 nuclear pact, which the Trump administration announced it was leaving in May 2018.

16.08.2020 - 16:29 [ France24.com ]

Trump promises ’snapback‘ to force return of UN Iran sanctions

The president was referring to the contested argument that the US remains a „participant“ in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — despite Trump’s withdrawal from it — and therefore can force a return to sanctions if it sees Iran as being in violation of its terms.

15.08.2020 - 04:46 [ The Hill ]

UN Security Council rejects US bid to extend Iran arms embargo

Just one country voted with the United States on Friday: the Dominican Republic.

Russia and China voted “no,” while major U.S. allies France, Germany and the United Kingdom were among the 11 abstentions.

15.08.2020 - 03:35 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Loses Iran Arms Embargo Vote at UN as Putin Pushes Summit on Nuclear Deal

The United States lost a bid to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid „confrontation“ over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all UN sanctions on Tehran.

26.06.2020 - 11:22 [ theGrayzone.com ]

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine

Authorized by Congress with no opposition, the so-called Caesar Civilian Protection Act amounts to an act of all out war on the very people it claims to protect. Targeting the Syrian Central Bank and penalizing any foreign company that does business with Damascus, the bill was conceived with the explicit aim of preventing the country from rebuilding after it defeated a proxy war imposed on it by the West, Israel, Turkey, and Gulf monarchies.

Charles Lister, a Gulf-backed de facto lobbyist for the Syrian opposition in Washington, inadvertently revealed the Caesar Act as an instrument of financial terror. In an op-ed for Politico this June, he forecasted “even greater levels of destitution, famine, and worsening criminality and predatory behavior” as a result of the new sanctions.

Predicting that “bread shortages are only a matter of time,” and projecting a famine in the near future, Lister cheerfully framed the human suffering caused by the sanctions as “an opportunity” for the United States to achieve regime change.

24.06.2020 - 17:31 [ teleSUR ]

US Navy Ship Sails Near Venezuelan Coast

According to SouthCom, the „peaceful“ operation took place „in international waters, outside the territorial jurisdiction of Venezuela, 12 nautical miles (about 22 kilometers) from that country.

20.05.2020 - 03:38 [ The Guardian ]

Venezuela in bid to force Bank of England to transfer $1bn of gold

The claim follows a request Venezuela made to the Bank in April to sell part of its gold reserves there and send the proceeds to the United Nations to help with the country’s coronavirus-fighting efforts.

17.05.2020 - 14:54 [ Al Jazeera ]

Iran media warn US against any move on fuel shipment to Venezuela

A senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration told Reuters News Agency last week the US was considering measures it could take in response to Iran’s shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela.

01.05.2020 - 21:45 [ The New York Times ]

Second Cargo of Water Trucks From Mexico Arrives in Venezuela Under Oil Swap

The deal, which is the nation’s first oil-for-food pact after the United States sanctioned crisis-stricken Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA in early 2019, is being investigated by the U.S. Treasury and the State Department.

29.04.2020 - 17:39 [ The Jimmy Dore Show / Yotube ]

Biden Supports Trump’s Immoral Iran Sanctions

Apr 27, 2020

19.03.2020 - 14:16 [ Seyed Mohammad Marandi / Twitter ]

Sadistic. The new US sanctions can only be interpreted as an attempt to spread #COVID2019 in Iran. The Trump regime seeks an uncontrollable situation where #COVID overwhelms Iran’s health care system & hospitals. The silence of western reporters, pundits, media & govts is evil.

19.03.2020 - 14:12 [ jordan / Twitter ]

Iran’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse. The country is being decimated by coronavirus & one of the main reasons why is because of crippling sanctions. There were calls to lift sanctions to alleviate the pain. The US just added more instead. Absolutely repugnant.

17.03.2020 - 23:45 [ Grayzone ]

Italy and UK rely on help from Cuba, China, Venezuela to fight coronavirus – as US steps up brutal sanctions

Italy requested doctors from China, Cuba, and Venezuela to contain the coronavirus, while Cuba rescued a ship of British citizens. Meanwhile, US sanctions worsen the toll of the Covid-19 crisis in Iran and Venezuela.

06.03.2020 - 04:18 [ Reuters ]

Mexican firm takes millions of barrels of Venezuelan crude in oil-for-food swap

Venezuela has swapped millions of barrels of crude for supplies of corn and water trucks under an oil-for-food deal struck with a Mexican firm, in an effort to secure imports amid tightening U.S. sanctions, according to the company and export schedules.

12.02.2020 - 18:28 [ teleSUR ]

Airline Workers Confront Juan Guaido Over New Sanctions

In a video that circulated on social media networks, an employee of Conviasa claims to Guaidó, who asked Europe and the United States the endure of the sanctions against Venezuela. “Guaidó, you are a traitor to your country”, the worker express.

11.02.2020 - 19:36 [ Information Clearing House ]

China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela

By teleSUR

Since 2019, the United States in particular, and some other countries due to pressure from Washington, began applying new sanctions to Caracas, which seriously affected its economy, people’s lives and Venezuela’s relations with other nations, Geng Shuang recalled.

26.01.2020 - 12:54 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed. @FoxNews @OANN No Thanks!

26.01.2020 - 12:51 [ ABC News ]

Iranian FM: Tehran still willing to negotiate with US

“For us, it doesn’t matter who is sitting in the White House, what matters is how they behave,” he said, according to Der Spiegel. “The Trump administration can correct its past, lift the sanctions and come back to the negotiating table. We’re still at the negotiating table. They’re the ones who left.”

18.01.2020 - 16:19 [ Oilprice.com ]

Mnuchin: US Works With China To Cut Off All Iranian Oil Imports

The United States is working closely with China to have it cut off altogether imports of Iranian crude oil, as the U.S. steps up sanctions pressure on the Iranian regime, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, told Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’.

18.01.2020 - 16:17 [ Oilprice.com ]

China Turns Its Back On Iran’s Crude Oil

(09.01.2020)

This year’s turbulent events in the Middle East—a major source of oil supply for the world’s largest oil importer, China—have had Beijing scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. assassinated Tehran’s top military commander.

At the same time, China has significantly reduced its crude oil imports from Iran in recent months because of the U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

15.01.2020 - 01:48 [ PressTV.com ]

Zarif slams EU’s dispute mechanism as ‘a strategic mistake’

On Tuesday, the three European signatories to the Iran deal — France, Britain and Germany — formally triggered the dispute mechanism, which accuses Iran of violating the agreement and could lead to the restoration of the anti-Iran UN sanctions that had been lifted by the JCPOA.

15.01.2020 - 01:46 [ PressTV.com ]

Zarif urges E3 to stop 20 months of bowing to US diktat

Tehran has particularly been disappointed with the European trio’s failure to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States‘ withdrawal.

After patiently watching for more than a year and seeing no clear action from the other signatories of the nuclear deal, Iran invoked Articles 26 and 36 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to let go of some of the limitations put on its nuclear work.

14.01.2020 - 18:35 [ Khamenei.ir, Iran's Supreme Leader / Twitter ]

It’s been repeated recently that Europeans have created #instex financial channel. This is more like a joke, a bitter joke. What they’re responsible to do is totally different from what they’re doing. Once again, Europeans stabbed us in the back. We can’t expect them anything.

(21.03.2019)

14.01.2020 - 18:26 [ Sina Toossi ‏/ Twitter ]

3. Even when European countries had waivers to buy Iranian oil, few did. The „INSTEX“ mechanism—originally aimed at facilitating broad trade—failed to take off even for allowed humanitarian trade.

14.01.2020 - 18:10 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

Joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: 14 January 2020

Since May 2018, we have worked together to preserve the agreement. The E3 have fully upheld our JCPoA commitments, including sanctions-lifting as foreseen under the terms of the agreement. In addition to the lifting of all sanctions, required by our commitments under the agreement, we have worked tirelessly to support legitimate trade with Iran, including through the INSTEX special purpose vehicle.

14.01.2020 - 18:00 [ theHill.com ]

UK, Germany, France move to sanction Iran over nuclear steps

Germany, France and the United Kingdom moved on Tuesday to formally sanction Iran over claims that Tehran has violated the 2015 nuclear agreement.

08.01.2020 - 22:11 [ The Hill ]

Trump says Iran ‚appears to be standing down‘ in address to nation

“I’m pleased to inform you, the American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime,” Trump said in remarks from the Grand Foyer of the White House.

06.01.2020 - 04:25 [ theHill.com ]

Iran rolls back commitments to nuclear deal

A government spokesman said the nation will now base its enrichment levels on its own technical needs rather than the agreement’s limits, Reuters reported. The spokesman also said that Iran could reverse course if the U.S. curtails the sanctions it has imposed on Iran, the news service added.

30.12.2019 - 19:58 [ Omid Shokri Ph.D. ‏/ Twitter ]

2-it should be noted that after the US withdrawal from JCPOA, both China and Russia energy firms’ left Iran energy sector and other industries.

30.12.2019 - 19:48 [ IFP News / Youtube ]

US Knows Iran Will Not Surrender: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States knows it cannot bring the Islamic Republic to its knees through its maximum pressure policy.

22.12.2019 - 12:32 [ Slate.com ]

U.S. Officials Bracing for Imminent North Korea Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test

Pyongyang has promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” if there is no progress on easing up on sanctions. But any movement on that front seems nearly impossible at this stage considering talks with Washington have stalled and the North Korean regime is once again insulting Trump regularly. As tensions with North Korea increase, and especially if there is a test around the holidays, it would mark a huge blow to one of President Donald Trump’s major foreign policy initiatives. And it would happen right as he gears up for the presidential campaign.

21.12.2019 - 10:56 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Was an Outrage‘: Mike Pompeo Celebrates Defeated ICC Probe Into US War Crimes

(28.08.2019)

Pompeo made the remarks in a „Celebrating Americanism in Our Foreign Policy“ speech at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis.

„Americanism means taking care of our own,“ said Pompeo.

„We stopped international courts from prosecuting our service members,“ Pompeo continued, adding that the potential probe „was an outrage.“

In April, the ICC announced that it rejected a probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested the investigation in 2017, saying at the time that there was a „reasonable basis to believe“ that war crimes were committed by the Taliban, Afghan National Security Forces, U.S. armed forces, and the CIA. That move won the praise of human rights organizations and triggered over one million statements from alleged Afghan victims.

12.12.2019 - 16:24 [ RT.com ]

US Senate advances bill giving State Department right to call Russia ‘sponsor of terrorism’

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.

08.12.2019 - 11:18 [ Yonhap ]

(Yonhap Interview) U.S. expert calls for ‚tailored sanctions relief‘ on path to N.K. denuclearization

„As you do that step by step, that’s in essence how you develop some trust that lets you go to the final goal, which is elimination of nuclear weapons and the means to produce them, and integration of North Korea into the community of nations and the international economic system,“ he added.

Hecker was in Seoul to attend a forum on geopolitics and the denuclearization of the North hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network.

08.12.2019 - 11:10 [ Yonhap ]

(LEAD) Trump warns N. Korea not to interfere with his reelection bid

„I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely,“ Trump was quoted as telling reporters at the White House. „He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that. But we’ll have to see.“

The remark came as the North has increased pressure on the United States to meet its demand for a new negotiating proposal by year’s end, strongly suggesting that otherwise, it could restart testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

08.12.2019 - 10:58 [ CNN ]

North Korea’s UN ambassador says denuclearization is off the table in talks with US

In the statement, the ambassador, Kim Song, said the United States‘ pursuit of „sustained and substantial dialogue“ was a „time-saving trick“ to benefit a „domestic political agenda.“
„We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table,“ he said.

08.12.2019 - 10:49 [ LA Times ]

North Korea says it has carried out testing at long-range rocket launch site

The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a forbidden test of long-range missile technology.

After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.

07.12.2019 - 10:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Europeans Step Up Pressure on Iran Over Nuclear Violations

VIENNA—European powers will take the first step towards re-imposing international sanctions on Iran in the coming weeks if Tehran further violates the 2015 nuclear deal, diplomats said.

The warning, an escalation of European pressure on Iran, puts the two sides on a collision course. A conflict is likely in early January, when Iran is set to announce fresh steps to breach the deal.

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.

28.06.2019 - 18:53 [ Xinhua ]

Chinese president says Gulf region at crossroads of war and peace

China always stands on the side of peace and opposes war, Xi said when meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in the Japanese city of Osaka.