Eye on Iran: Companies Stuck Amid Trump Ultimatum On Iran

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Companies Stuck Amid Trump Ultimatum On Iran | Wall Street Journal

Companies wondering what to do about business in Iran are stuck trying to interpret language from the Trump administration indicating that waivers from sanctions, while continuing for now, won’t be renewed again. Lawyers and sanctions experts told Risk & Compliance Journal that their clients are expressing anxiety while they await further guidance from the U.S. government on what it will allow under the nuclear agreement…  “There is enormous uncertainty and confusion, and you have a lot of reluctance to use existing authorizations because it’s complicated,” said Jonathan Poling, a partner at the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

European Nations Step up Iran Pressure in Face of Trump Threat | Financial Times

European countries have stepped up the pressure over Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its role in regional conflicts as they struggle to respond to President Donald Trump’s threat to junk a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran. The German, French and British foreign ministers — together with Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief — agreed with Iran to hold an “intensive and very serious dialogue” on Tehran’s missile programme and regional influence, the foreign ministry in Berlin said. 

Germany Conducts Searches against 10 Suspected Iranian Spies | Associated Press

German authorities searched premises linked to 10 suspected Iranian spies following extensive investigations by the country’s domestic intelligence agency, prosecutors said Tuesday.

UANI IN THE NEWS

Iran’s Regime Probably Won’t Die Quietly | UANI Senior Adviser Ray Takeyh for the Wall Street Journal

The popular uprisings in Iran make it a sure bet that the Islamic Republic’s government will eventually collapse. That possibility in a nuclear Iran should have many in Washington losing sleep. What will happen to Iran’s centrifuges, enriched uranium, warhead designs and ballistic-missile technologies if the mullahs are toppled? What will happen to Iran’s scientists who are suddenly unemployed? Western governments should prepare. 

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Iran Diplomat Offers Plan to Counter US JCPOA Move | Tasnim News Agency (Iran)

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi called for efforts to make the most of the 4-month countdown until the US administration’s possible move to withdraw from the JCPOA... “This four-month period is very vital,” he said, adding that Iran should boost its economic links with Europeans, East Asians and the trade partners during these four months to strengthen the nuclear agreement.

EU 'Carefully Assessing' Trump's Iran Nuclear Deal Statement | Agence France-Presse

The EU said Tuesday it is "carefully assessing" Donald Trump's statement on the Iran nuclear deal after the US leader set a 120-day deadline for fixing "disastrous flaws" in the landmark 2015 accord. 

Saudi Arabia Hails Trump’s Stance on Iran Nuclear Deal | Asharq Al-Awsat (U.K.)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired on Tuesday a cabinet session that hailed US President Donald Trump’s recent stance on the Iran nuclear deal, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA)

IRAN PROTESTS

Why Protests Won’t Change Iran’s Foreign Policy | Hamidreza Azizi For Al Monitor

While the recent unrest in Iran has eased, discussion on its various aspects — including its causes and implications — is still heated and ongoing among domestic as well as foreign analysts and observers. One important part of the debate about the reasons behind the protests is what some refer to as the “foreign policy angle.” The argument is that slogans such as “Leave Syria alone, think about us,” which were heard during the protests in Tehran and other cities, is a representation of the Iranian people’s discontent over the direction of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy, and especially the level of its involvement in regional crises. As such, the reading is that Iranians are urging the government to adopt a more inward view, redirecting its financial sources toward satisfying their economic needs.

SANCTIONS RELIEF

French Carmaker PSA's Sales Lifted by Growth in Iran and Latin America | Reuters

French carmaker PSA’s (PEUP.PA) global sales jumped by 15 percent last year as strong growth in Iran and Latin America helped to offset difficulties in Britain and China. T

India's Imports of Iran Oil in Dec Scheduled to Rise to Most Since March - Source | Reuters

India was scheduled to lift its biggest volume of Iranian crude in nine months in December...

Iran's Deal with Bombardier Nears Conclusion | Financial Tribune (Iran) 

Canadian planemaker Bombardier has submitted a draft contract for 10 brand-new CRJ-900 NextGen regional jets to Iran’s Qeshm Free Area Organization for review and finalization, Reza Baqerinejad, the CEO and Chairman of Qeshm Investment and Development Company told the Financial Tribune on Monday, noting that the final contract will be officially unveiled within a month.

High-Level Banking Talks Between Iran, Turkey | Financial Tribune (Iran)

Top officials from the Central Bank of Iran and Turkey along with senior bankers met in Tehran on Sunday to discuss new ways of developing banking relations between the two neighboring states.  

GULF STATES, YEMEN, LEBANON, & IRAN

Iran's Leader Accuses Saudis of 'Treason' Against Muslims | Reuters

Iran's supreme leader accused Saudi rulers on Tuesday of committing "treason" against Muslims by aligning themselves with the United States and Israel.

Iran Calls on Muslim Countries Not to Depend on ‘Foreigners’ | Agence France-Presse

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Tuesday for more solidarity between Muslim countries and for them not to depend on “foreigners” for their development.

IRANIAN DOMESTIC ISSUES

Rouhani’s Budget Transparency Stokes Iran Unrest | Financial Times

When President Hassan Rouhani unveiled this year’s budget his intention was to shine a spotlight on state funding for institutions under the influence of his hardline opponents. Instead, his attempt at transparency inadvertently stoked public anger that helped trigger the biggest anti-regime protests in almost a decade.

Ex-President: Iran Authorities Should Listen to Popular Demands | Agence France-Presse

Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday called on authorities to listen to popular demands after a wave of deadly unrest over economic woes.