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No UK official to attend Rouhani inauguration

July 26 2013: Iran has invited leaders from around the world, excepting the US and Israel, to attend the inauguration of its new president Hassan Rouhani on August 4. Although Britain was invited, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said the European Union had agreed that the ceremony would be attended only by Tehran-based diplomats. The UK has not had diplomatic representation there since the British embassy was ransacked by a mob in November 2011.

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Iran: Production halted at strike-hit Iranian steel factory

Monday, 01 July 2013

INUAt least 4,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday at Iran's Khuzestan Steel Factory in protest at the non-payment of their promised salary increases.

Contract workers are protesting at the failure by management to pay a 25 per cent wage rise pledged to them in March.

The factory production came to halt as non-contract workers joined the initial protest by contract workers.

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Congress threatens new sanctions against Iranian regime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic's already besieged oil industry, despite concern from the Obama administration that the measures could interfere with nuclear negotiations.

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Iranian regime is Making UN Sanctions Ineffective through Iraq.

 

Saturday, 29 June 2013

INU - According to El-Monitor’s website, quoted today by the clerical government news agency, Tasnim, 72% of Iranian exports are sent to Iraq

El-Monitor has written that Iran’s trade with Iraq has helped Iran to decrease the effects of international sanctions. Iraq imports from Iran have risen by approximately 15% this year.

The value of Iran's currency has fallen sharply due to international sanctions. America’s new round of sanctions has targeted Iran's automotive industry. However, it is Iraq that is the largest foreign market for Iran’s vehicles.

Ehsan Alshomari, a political analyst in Iraq, told El-Monitor: “Iran has now accepted that Iraq is the only economical opportunity for it. It is very natural, on the other hand, that Iraq consumes large amount of Iranian goods.”

Alshomari believes the "deepening of relations between Iraq and Iran to this extent will eventually damage Iraq's foreign relations, particularly with America." 

Alshomari also told El-Monitor: "Iran desperately needs Iraq, especially at this stage, not only to market its goods, but also to export goods through Iraq to other countries and to facilitate the transfer of Iranian funds from Baghdad to Damascus and Beirut. ...Iraq is Iran's economic gateway to the outside world."

 

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Iran: Kian Tire Company workers protest

INU - Workers at Kian Tire Company staged a strike on Tuesday to protest the possible return of an old employer to the factory and non-payment of wages.

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Corruption and the looting of public funds by the clerical regime in Iran

Saturday, 29 June 2013
INU - According to the governmental news agency, Tasnim, today Ahmad Alam al-Hoda, member of the Assembly of Experts and one of the mullahs close to Ali Khamenei, said in a meeting with the regimes’ leaders of industry, mine and trade in the Khorasan Rizvi province: "The problem we have now is that the authorities do not have a unified opinion for the resolution of economic problems. In financial difficulties, they only point to the UN sanctions. Of course, we admit the negative effects of the sanctions, but this is not the main factor.”
 
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Iran Breaking News - Protest gathering by families of political prisoners in front of Rouhani's office

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