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White House Blames Iranian-Backed Militias for Attacking U.S. Facilities in Iraq | Wall Street Journal

The White House said Iranian-backed militias in Iraq had carried out “life-threatening attacks” against the U.S. consulate in Basra and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and warned Washington would hold Tehran responsible if there are future assaults.

US Sanctions 'Highly Effective' – Says Iran's Vice-President | Radio Farda

Iran's first vice-president Es'haq Jahangiri has admitted on Tuesday, September 11 that U.S. sanctions against Iran have been "highly effective." Jahangiri also said that Iran is experiencing "a difficult and sensitive situation," but it has not reached a "deadlock" yet, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA quoted him as saying in a speech in Tehran.

Haley Warns Russia, Iran of 'Dire Consequences' Over Syria Military Assault | CNN

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Russia and Iran of "dire consequences" if they continue airstrikes against the last rebel-held area in Syria and said the US would respond to any use of chemical weapons.

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Iran Has 3,000-4,000 Working Centrifuges: Parliament Speaker | Reuters

Iran has between 3,000 and 4,000 active centrifuges, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday, according to the Tasnim news agency - still within the limit allowed under its troubled nuclear deal with world powers.

Russia, Iran Will Do More to Thwart US Bid to Undermine Iran Deal-RIA | Reuters

Russia and Iran will intensify work with Europe and China in coming days to counter U.S. attempts to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in remarks published by RIA news agency on Tuesday.

 

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS

Iran Resorts to Storing Oil in Fleet Of Supertankers. Again | Bloomberg

Iran is starting to store oil on its fleet of supertankers again as impending U.S. sanctions force the Persian Gulf country to revive a strategy it deployed under previous curbs.

Iran's Oil Output Falls to 3.52 Million B/D in August as US Sanctions Loom: EIA | S&P Global Platts

Iranian crude production fell 200,000 b/d from July to 3.52 million b/d in August as US sanctions loom, and apparent hedging activity indicates some traders are preparing for a potential price spike above $80/b as a result of further declines in Tehran's exports, the Energy Information Administration said Tuesday.

Iran Looks Warily to China for Help As US Sanctions Resume | Associated Press

It’s hard not to see China wherever you look in Iran. From Chinese goods flooding markets to its business people eager for deals as Western business interests flee, Iran likely will further embrace Beijing as an alternative market for its crude oil and financial transactions amid uncertainty over the nuclear deal.

Iran Deal Advocate Says EU Will Have To Bend to U.S. Sanctions | Bloomberg

Europe will have no choice but to comply with U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to Javier Solana, a former NATO secretary general and early advocate of the nuclear deal abandoned by Donald Trump.

BPCL to Skip Iran Oil Purchases In October: Source | Reuters

India’s state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp will skip purchase of Iranian oil in October due to turnaround at its plants, a source privy to the plan said on Tuesday.

Asia Buyers to Receive More Saudi Oil Ahead of Iran Sanctions: Sources | Reuters

At least three North Asian buyers will receive extra supplies of oil from Saudi Arabia after the kingdom cut its prices for most grades in October and as they look to cushion the impact on supply of U.S. sanctions on Iran, sources said. Buyers have asked to lift more Saudi oil than contracted volumes in October amid fears that the sanctions, to be imposed on Iran’s crude exports from Nov. 4, will crimp supply during peak winter demand in Asia, the sources said.

Iran directive tightens control on steel and petrochemical exports | S&P Global Platts

The Iranian government has announced a new rule for steel and petrochemical exports with immediate effect, according to a directive issued by the Central Bank of Iran and seen by S&P Global Platts. According to the directive dated September 5, exporters of steel (including semi-finished, finished and downstream products) and petrochemical materials, must return all hard currency earned from overseas sales into the country within 60 days from the date of export.

Can Iran’s Gas Sector Thrive In the Face of Fresh Sanctions? | Tim Daiss for OilPrice.com

 

Iran and Turkey's ability to continue with their gas contract has also been helped by an agreement signed last October when the two sides agreed to allow their own currencies to be used for bilateral trade instead of U.S. dollars. Tehran has tried to set up similar arrangements with other governments including Russia. If deals go ahead on that basis, it will effectively remove one of Trump’s main leveraging tools by allowing Iran and its partners to bypass the U.S. financial system.

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Iranian Woman Says She's Trapped in Her Marriage, 3 Years After Canadian Divorce | CBC

An Iranian woman living in B.C. says she's trapped in her Islamic marriage because her ex-husband refuses to co-operate with their separation — even though they've been divorced under Canadian law for years. Without a divorce recognized in Iran, Fariba Nasser says she can't travel back home to visit her mother and sister for fear her ex-husband will block her from returning to Canada.

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS

Diaper Dilemma Grips Iranians As Economy, Currency Slide | Radio Free Europe

The times they are a changin'. But in Iran, families with infants are struggling to do the same. Senior officials, industry executives, and young parents have been forced to confront a shortage of baby diapers

IRANIAN REGIONAL AGGRESSION

Arab Quartet Condemns Ongoing Iranian Meddling in Region’s Internal Affairs | Asharq Al-Awsat (U.K.)

A ministerial committee condemned on Tuesday Iran’s ongoing meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

 

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN.

Assad’s ‘Final Offensive’ in Syria May Be Postponed for Lack of Troops | Daily Beast

The big Syrian government offensive to recapture rebel-held Idlib province—which the United Nations fears could cause the deaths of thousands and displace a million civilians—is on hold for want of forces on the ground to coordinate with Russian air power, according to military leaders in the Syrian opposition.

Iran Eyes Major Role In Post-War Syria Via Reconstruction | Al Monitor

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid an official visit to Damascus Sept. 3 to meet with high-ranking Syrian officials and discuss the latest developments in the country. Iran’s role in the process of post-war reconstruction in Syria was a top priority among the issues discussed.

Hariri Calls for Justice At Trial of Hezbollah Men Suspected of Killing Father | AFP

Lebanon’s incoming prime minister called for “justice” on Monday as a UN-backed tribunal into the huge bombing that killed his father Rafiq Hariri in 2005 entered its last stage.

Woodward Book Details WH Concern Israel Couldn’t Defend Itself Against Hezbollah | Times of Israel

Early in the Trump administration, top officials were worried that Israel could not defend itself against Hezbollah, with one National Security Council staffer warning that this could lead to a devastating Middle East war, according Bob Woodward’s new book.

Israeli Minister: Iran Could Face Military Answer to Nukes | Associated Press

An Israeli Cabinet minister says if Iran chooses to continue pursuing a nuclear program it will face a “military” answer.

CHINA & IRAN

China Gets Closer to North Korea and Iran As They Struggle to Deal with U.S. | Newsweek

China has grown closer to North Korea and Iran at a time when all three countries are struggling to deal with President Donald Trump's hardline foreign policy.

GULF STATES, YEMEN, & IRAN

The Houthi War Machine: From Guerrilla War to State Capture | Michael Knights for the Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel

The Houthi rebels have been at war with the Yemeni government almost constantly since 2004. In the first six years, the Houthis fought an increasingly effective guerrilla war in their mountainous home provinces, but after 2010, they metamorphosed into the most powerful military entity in the country, capturing the three largest cities in Yemen. The Houthis quickly fielded advanced weapons they had never before controlled, including many of Iranian origin. The story of how they moved from small-arms ambushes to medium-range ballistic missiles in half a decade provides a case study of how an ambitious militant group can capture and use a state’s arsenals and benefit from Iran’s support.

IRAQ & IRAN

Iran Relocates Consulate in Iraq’s Basra Following Unrest | Associated Press

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq says his country is relocating its consulate in Basra, after demonstrators burned down the old one four days ago.

Iran Demands Iraq Hand over Kurdish Dissidents, Close Bases: Fars | Reuters

The head of Iran’s armed forces demanded on Tuesday authorities in neighboring Iraq hand over separatist Kurdish dissidents stationed there and close their bases, according to a report by the semi-official Fars news agency.