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US plans new ways of weakening Iran

US plans new ways of weakening Iran

Krishnadev Calamur writes in The Atlantic that sixty-five years ago this week, a CIA-backed coup toppled Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s democratically elected prime minister. The goal of the coup was to strengthen the hand of the West’s ally Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a new Iran Action Group to coordinate U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Iran.

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Iran runners-up at AVC Cup

Iran runners-up at AVC Cup

The Iranian youth volleyball team competing at the 6th Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup conceded to Qatar to take 2nd place at the championships.

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NIOC: France's Total contract unchanged

NIOC: France's Total contract unchanged

Reuters reports that a gas field development contract with France’s Total (TOTF.PA), and China’s state-owned CNPC remains unchanged, a senior Iranian oil official said according to the oil ministry news agency SHANA on Saturday - hours after state new agency IRNA quoted him as saying CNPC had taken Total’s share in the project.

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Tehran-Beijing trade on the increase

Tehran-Beijing trade on the increase

The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) Spokesperson pointed to trade between Tehran and Beijing, announcing: “The trade volume between Iran and China has increased in the first half of 2018 as compared to a similar period last year.”

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China-Iran business as usual, no harm to other countries

China-Iran business as usual, no harm to other countries

Reuters reports that China’s business and energy ties with Iran do not harm the interests of any other country, the country’s Foreign Ministry said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States.

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Iranian economy in trouble without sanctions

Iranian economy in trouble without sanctions

Krishnadev Calamur writes in The Atlantic on 6 August that the first set of U.S. sanctions on Iran prompted by the Trump administration’s withdrawal last May from the nuclear agreement goes into effect Monday, adding to pressure on the already hobbled Iranian economy.

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China will continue to by oil from Iran

China will continue to by oil from Iran

Bloomberg reports that the U.S. has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, according to two officials familiar with the negotiations, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic after his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.

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Iranian film wins Chinese film festival

Iranian film wins Chinese film festival

Award winning Iranian film “Leaf of life” by Ebrahim Mokhtari has been screened at the Asia Tourism-Induced Film & TV Arts Week festival in the city of Taizhou in central Jiangsu province, in E China.

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The US warns the EU on circumventing Iran sanctions

The US warns the EU on circumventing Iran sanctions

Sputnik writes that US senators from the Republican Party have sent a letter to the embassies of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom in the United States with a warning against any possible moves to circumvent American sanctions against Iran, the news portal t-online.de reported.

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