By Jubin Katiraie

US State and Treasury departments imposed sanctions on Tehran’s space program to continue the pressure on the Iranian government

On Wednesday, September 4, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a statement: “The United States will not allow Iran to use its space-launch program as cover to advance its ballistic-missile programs.”

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By Jubin Katiraie

An Iranian oil tanker bounces across the Mediterranean, but Tehran can't find any buyer for the ship's cargo of two million barrels of oil.

On 2 September, Abdulrahman AI-Rashed, editor of Arabic weekly magazine Al-Majalla and senior columnist in the daily newspapers Al-Madina and Al-Bilad, published an article in Alsharq Al-Awsat about the Iranian tanker crisis.

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By Jubin Katiraie

While tension between Tehran and Washington continues to escalate, The U.S. State Department, in pursuing the policy and the “Maximum pressure campaign,” sanctioned several Iran-backed groups and entities.

The U.S. State Department's policy statement of this week informs about new wave of sanctions on Iran and is divided into three sections:

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By Pooya Stone

On Friday, August 31, the United States blacklisted Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, following repeated warnings over its valuable oil cargo.

Previously known as Grace 1, the ship has been bouncing around the Mediterranean after being held for six weeks at Gibraltar on suspicion that its cargo was bound for Syria.

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By Pooya Stone

Iranian workers and defrauded investors held at least eight protests in various cities to demand their economic rights, according to reports gathered by Iran News Wire.

On Wednesday, defrauded creditors of the Shadi Gold Institution held a protest outside the Tehran Judiciary building to demand the return of their stolen savings. A video posted on social media showed the mainly female protesters chanting and asking for justice.

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By Pooya Stone

Iran warned this week that it would take a ‘third step’ away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by starting to develop centrifuges to speed up its uranium enrichment.

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By Pooya Stone

A secret cyber attack targeting a critical database used by the Iranian government to plan attacks against oil tankers limited Tehran’s ability to target shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf over the summer, according to senior US officials who spoke to the New York Times.

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By Jubin Katiraie

After a year and a half of US sanctions on the Iranian government, there is an argument that Iranian leaders, due to the economic pressure, are ready to talk and step back from their nuclear and missile program. As Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, said on 22 August: “We are trying to put pressure on Iran that will probably bring Iran back to the negotiating table." Are we reaching the point where Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader is ready to give Iranian’s president Rouhani a green light to meet Trump?

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By Pooya Stone

The Iranian government is under maximum international pressure and is grappling with incessant tensions. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, are trying to find a breakthrough; therefore, they sent Foreign Minister Zarif to Europe in order to beg Europeans to start the INSTEX, the European financial mechanism for bypassing the U.S. sanctions. Yet Iran's state-run press agencies compared this to UN “Food for Oil” plan for Iraq.

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Iran. November, 2018. Protest Gathering of Ahvaz Alloyed Steel National Group Workers

Yasuj, Iran. July 23, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

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Iran, Tehran – Anti-Regime Chants in Protest, June 25

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