ANKARA Turkey has been granted a waiver of around 25 percent on U.S. oil sanctions against Iran, Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Nov. 9, amounting to around three million tons of oil annually. Speaking in an interview with broadcaster NTV, Dönmez said oil refiner Tüpraş was looking at alternatives to avoid any market difficulties. He also said Turkey still had a contract to buy natural gas from Iran for five to six years and added that Ankara would continue to buy gas from Tehran. Washington has pledged to eventually halt all purchases of crude oil from Iran globally but for now it said eight countries - China, India, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey - can continue imports without penalty for at least another six months. Crude exports contribute one-third of Iran’s government revenues. United States, Iran, Sanctions, Turkey, waiver … [Read more...] about Turkey granted 25 percent waiver on U.S. Iran oil sanctions: minister
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Deirdre Shesgreen and Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 8:21 AM EDT Oct 31, 2018 WASHINGTON – When Americans go to the polls next week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be glued to the results – along with China’s Xi Jinping, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and an array of other foreign leaders around the world. America’s allies and enemies alike will be trying to analyze the 2018 midterms for hints of President Donald Trump’s political future and the staying power of his foreign policies – whether it’s sanctions against Iran, nuclear talks with North Korea, or a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some foreign leaders are quietly rooting for Democratic gains in Congress, hoping the opposition party will counter the Trump administration’s attacks on international agreements, his crackdown on immigration, and his penchant for trade tariffs. Other countries – such as North Korea – are hoping Republicans maintain … [Read more...] about 2018 midterms elections: Why foreign leaders are on edge about U.S.
THE HAGUE -- The United Nations' top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on "humanitarian" goods to Iran that President Donald Trump re-imposed after pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ruled that Washington "shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities" as well as airplane parts, said judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf. The court said sanctions on goods "required for humanitarian needs... may have a serious detrimental impact on the health and lives of individuals on the territory of Iran." U.S. sanctions on aircraft spare parts also had the "potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users". Mr. Trump slapped a first round of sanctions on Iran in August after pulling out of the historic deal aimed at curbing Tehran's … [Read more...] about U.N. court says U.S. must lift Iran sanctions on “humanitarian” goods
Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 12:41 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said it foiled political influence campaigns originating out of Iran and Russia that targeted U.S. users and users in other countries ahead of the midterm elections. This marked the first time another nation-state actor, Iran, was implicated in a campaign which mimicked previous Kremlin-linked efforts to stir political discord around hot-button social issues. The social media giant says it has not found a connection between the campaigns. Facebook started investigating coordinated activity by a network of Facebook pages after being alerted by a cybersecurity firm FireEye. The investigation uncovered additional accounts and pages. In all, Facebook says it has removed 652 pages, groups and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior." Through the investigation, Facebook said it linked the network to Iranian state media using website … [Read more...] about Facebook foils political influence campaigns originating in Iran, Russia ahead of U.S. midterms
Picture: AFP Washington. The United States believes Iran has started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. To match Analysis USA-ELECTION/IRAN One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said possibly more than 100 vessels were involved in the drills, including small boats. A second official expected the drill could be wrapped up this week. Iran has been furious over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of an international nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Senior Iranian officials have warned the … [Read more...] about Reuters:Iran naval drills underway amid tensions with U.S.