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INU - On Tuesday, it was widely reported that the Chinese communication giant ZTE had been penalized for violations of US sanctions against Iran, as well as against North Korea. The BBC was among those outlets to report that “the highest levels of management at ZTE approved the scheme which involved the shipment of $32m worth of US-made goods to Iran between 2010 and 2016.” In addition, the company was accused of systematically lying and deceiving investigators and the company’s own legal team over the illegal acts.

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Many of Iran’s economic institutions have been placed under the authority of the office of the Supreme Leader, which has been dubbed “privatization,” during the past decade. Khamenei's office and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have gained significant power over Iran’s economic resources.

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After Congress made terrorism the exception to the general rule that people cannot use American courts to sue foreign governments, victims of attacks have racked up more than $50 billion in default judgments against Iran over the last two decades. 

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INU - As Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund has released a report on the Iranian economy in which it claims that that Islamic Republic has experienced a substantial recovery over the past year or so, but is facing severe uncertainty regarding its future prospects.

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is the global standard setting, intergovernmental agency, who monitors money laundering, as well as the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), on a worldwide basis.  FAFT protects the international financial system. To encourage greater compliance with the AML/CFT standards, jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies are identified, and FAFT works with them to address deficiencies that pose a risk to the international financial system.

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An editorial on February 16th in the state run daily newspaper, Mardom Salari, commented on the Iranian regime officials’ plans to reroute river waters and construct dams, which will allow a quick and inexpensive means to extract oil. 

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