Malaysia returns to purchasing oil from Iran
On 16 January 2018, Reuters reports from Tokyo that December marked Petronas' scheduled first purchase of Iranian crude since the Malaysian state oil firm halted Iranian oil imports in 2012 after Western sanctions targeting Tehran's nuclear programme made it difficult to pay and ship the oil, according to the person.
Iran FM response to Trump deadline
In a statement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has responded to Trump’s sanctions waiver for Iran and the need to amend the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA. As reported by Persia Digest, the statement reads: “On Friday, 12 January 2018, the US President inevitably issued a sanctions waiver for Iran despite his year-long efforts to kill the JCPOA.”
Trump waives Iran sanctions again
US President, Donald Trump, has waived sanctions against Iran. The waiver must be issued every 120 days. But he warned that this may the last time, unless talks begin about Iran’s missile program and the uranium enrichment which has been limited for ten years under the deal becomes permanent.
Latest: FM Zarif meets with Lavrov
Iran’s FM Javad Zarif has met with Russian FM Lavrov. He has tweeted about the importance of the US to remain committed to the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal with the five world powers in 2015.
Talks on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement with the great powers, officially known as the JCPOA, have reached their highest levels these days. It is time for the US to decide on certification and sanctions relief for Iran in a few days’ time. Trump must decide whether he wants to keep the US in the deal, or to re-impose sanctions and leave the deal. As a result, diplomatic talks between the other signatories to the deal have reached a peak.
Paul Pillar: The US cannot change the JCPOA unilaterally
Paul Pillar says: The U.S. government does not have the ability to change unilaterally a multilateral agreement. Even most of the U.S. opponents of the JCPOA admit that, which is why they talk about "renegotiating" the accord.
FM Zarif reaction to UNSC meeting
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has reacted to the US’ unsuccessful attempts at the UN regarding the unrests in Iran.
He tweeted: “The UNSC rebuffed the US’ naked attempt to hijack its mandate. Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others. Another FP blunder for the Trump administration. Iran’s statement: goo.gl/CE84yi.”
Simultaneous screening of first Iran-US film
Ali Atashani, director of “1st Born” has said the feature film may premiere in Iran and the US simultaneously.
Atashani said this was the first joint film produced by Iran and the US and is in the last stages of editing and calibration.
Unrest continues in Iran, Tehran still low key
From Thursday 28 December last week, protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and spread to other cities in a domino effect. Initially, demonstrators protested the rising food and fuel prices by shouting “no to rising costs”. But, this took on political aspects where anti-regime slogans were heard at some of the demonstrations.
Protests in Iran
Protests have been sweeping across Iran, now in its fourth day, against the troubled economy and rising prices. Unrest began in its second largest city, Mashhad, on Thursday 28 December 2017, where people gathered outside the City Council in “Shohada” Martyrs’ Square, shouting slogans about rising food prices and the state of the economy in the country. Protests took place on the same day in Neyshabur, Yazd, and Shahrud.
Congress passes ball back to Trump on Iran
On 12 December 2017, Reuters Washington writes: “The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily.
Trump unable to stop Iran oil exports
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum spoke on the comments of the US President Donald Trump to reduce Iran's oil purchases, and said: “These words have had no effect on our country's oil exports to date.”