Announcement by state television network shows regime wants to spread a message of “legitimacy”
Associated Free Press (hosted by Google) | October 1, 2010 TEHRAN — Iran summoned Swiss ambassador Livia Leu Agosti on Thursday to protest against US sanctions targeting eight senior Iranian officials, the state news agency IRNA news agency reported. “Ms Livia Leu Agosti, the Swiss ambassador who manages US interests in Iran, was summoned to [...]
Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, accused of illegally entering Iran, are set to go on trial Nov. 5 in Tehran before a judge notorious for harsh sentences for opposition figures.
Washington Post | September 30, 2010 The United States announced Thursday that four of Europe’s five biggest oil companies would end their energy investments in Iran, a significant advance in the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure the Iranian government to enter negotiations over its alleged nuclear weapons program. At the same time, U.S. officials said [...]
The administration penalizes a Swiss subsidiary of Iran’s national oil company but avoids confronting Russian and Chinese firms, which may have added to diplomatic friction.
“We remain hopeful that Iran will demonstrate renewed compassion and do the right thing by ensuring the safe return of Shane, Josh and all the other missing or detained Americans in Iran,”
“I heard that at some point they told his family, ‘You should be happy; he didn’t get a death sentence’,” Alemi said.
Mr. Allawi said he had asked Iran’s allies, which include Syria, to send the message to Tehran.
New U.S. trade sanctions linked to Tehran’s nuclear program remove a competitor from the domestic pistachio market.
Iran’s finance minister says the government may intervene to halt a recent hike in hard currency exchange rates to the riyal.
Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.
Li Changchun told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran that Beijing wants to “cooperate with Iran to seize the opportunities to consolidate and develop bilateral relations in various areas,” Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported Wednesday.
The Japanese government and oil developer Inpex Corp. plan to completely withdraw from Iran’s largest onshore oil field project to avoid possible US sanctions, news reports said Thursday.
L.A. Times | September 29, 2010 By Paul Richter Tribune Washington Bureau The Obama administration Wednesday sanctioned eight senior Iranian officials for alleged human rights violations, as it sought to sharpen pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime while reaching out to his opponents in Iran. The eight, who include the head of the Iranian Revolutionary [...]