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  • Eye on Iran: Anti-Money Laundering Body Seen Keeping Iran on Blacklist: Officials

    June 23, 2016
    Top Stories Reuters: "An international group that monitors money laundering worldwide is expected to decide this week to keep Iran on its blacklist of high-risk countries despite aggressive lobbying by Tehran to come off the list to help it access the global financial system, Western officials said. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), established in 1989 to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, compiles the list, which it...
  • Eye on Iran: France Looks to Fan Nuke Deal Momentum with Iran's Minister

    June 22, 2016
    Top Stories AP: "Iran's foreign minister, making the rounds of European capitals to seek benefits from a nuclear accord, is holding a string of meetings in Paris which he hopes can maintain the momentum toward change. Mohammad Javad Zarif meets Wednesday with President Francois Hollande and is paying visits to France's foreign and finance ministries. France has been a leader in reaching out to a post-sanctions Iran, announcing a bevy of potential business deals during...
  • Eye on Iran: Boeing Signs Deal to Sell Jets to Iran's State Airline

    June 21, 2016
    Top Stories WSJ: "Boeing Co. on Tuesday said it had signed a tentative agreement to sell jetliners to Iran, in what would be one of the Islamic republic's biggest deals with a U.S. manufacturer since trade sanctions on Tehran were eased. The proposed deal comes after months of talks between Boeing and Iran Air about a deal. Details of the potential transaction haven't been disclosed by Boeing, although Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi told state...
  • Eye on Iran: Uranium Provides New Clue on Iran's Past Nuclear Arms Work

    June 20, 2016
    Top Stories WSJ: "The Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at a secretive Iranian military base likely were tied to the country's past, covert nuclear weapons program, current and former officials said, a finding that contradicts Tehran's longstanding denials that it was pursuing a bomb. Traces of man-made uranium were found at the Parchin facility, southeast of Tehran, by investigators from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog,...
  • Eye on Iran: Fury Erupts in Iran over Vast Salaries Paid to Government Officials

    June 17, 2016
    Top Stories Guardian: "Revelations that senior Iranian government employees were being paid astronomical salaries have rocked the country and threatened popular support for the president, Hassan Rouhani, amid Iran's continued economic stagnation, little improved by the lifting of international sanctions in January. The revelations, which have sparked widespread anger, have continued to dominate front pages across the country, and even led to the resignation of the head of the state insurance regulator, Mohammad Ebrahim Amin....
  • Eye on Iran: Potential Iranian Deal for Airliners Thrusts Boeing into Risky Political Debate

    June 16, 2016
    Top Stories WashPost: "Boeing could hardly step into a more sensitive, touchy deal than the imminent agreement to sell about 100 passenger jets to the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the sale, Boeing faces unique political risks here in the United States - with potential blowback among Americans opposed to last year's agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program and possible snapback of international sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear pact. Already, members of Congress are...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Said to Have Deal With Boeing to Buy Passenger Planes

    June 15, 2016
    Top Stories NYT: "Iran has reached an agreement with the Boeing Company for the acquisition of new passenger planes to help modernize its outdated fleet, state-run Iranian news media reported on Tuesday . Such an agreement, if completed, would potentially be worth many billions of dollars to Boeing and amount to the most prominent commercial transaction between an American company and Iran since sanctions linked to Iran's nuclear program were lifted six months ago. It...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Says U.S. Must Encourage Banks to Do Business

    June 14, 2016
    Top Stories Reuters: "The United States must do more to encourage banks to do business with Iran following the lifting of sanctions, Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday ... 'I believe the United States on paper has removed all the sanctions,' Mohammad Javad Zarif said, but Washington needs to do more to removed the 'psychological remnants' of measures which had been in place for decades. 'On the banks, I believe it is important for everybody...
  • Eye on Iran: Zarif: Iran Will Never Trust the United States

    June 13, 2016
    Top Stories Times of Israel: "Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that despite the historic nuclear deal reached last year with Western powers, the Islamic Republic would never trust the United States. 'We never trust the US and the basis of our power is our fight against hegemony,' Zarif told Iranian lawmakers during an address to parliament. Zarif went on to accuse Washington of perpetuating a hostile policy towards Iran, and of procrastinating...
  • Eye on Iran: Arrest of Homa Hoodfar in Iran Shines Light on Dangers for Dual Citizens

    June 10, 2016
    Top Stories NYT: "A Canadian-Iranian professor researching women in the Muslim world has been arrested by Iranian intelligence officers, the latest in a series of detentions of Iranians holding dual citizenship. The professor, Homa Hoodfar, was initially detained on March 10 by the intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and was then released, but she was not allowed to leave Iran. After a series of interrogations, Ms. Hoodfar, a professor of anthropology at...