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U.S. Ends Iran oil waivers

By INU Staff

INU - The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo annouced today that the US will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries, including Japan, China, India, South Korea and Turkey,  when they expire on May 2. However, it is not clear whether any of the five will be given a wind-down period to end their imports or whether they would immediately be subject to sanctions on May 3.

US: IRGC designation and sanctions waivers debate

By INU Staff

INU - On Monday, the US formally designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation.

The move, announced by Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last Monday, is the first time that the US has ever placed an entire division of a foreign government on their list of "foreign terrorist organizations". There was a one-week consultation period with Congress to allow for any objections, but few did and the move still went ahead as documented in the Federal Register on Monday.

Prime suspect in corruption case admits helping Iran evade sanctions

By INU Staff

INU - The prime suspect in one of Iran’s biggest corruption trials has said that he helped Iran evade United Nations sanctions in order to continue exporting petrochemicals.

Reza Hamzehlou, the former CEO of National Iranian Petrochemical Industries Company (NIPIC), made this statement through his lawyer during the third session of the court hearings on April 10.

Pompeo: Trump will increase pressure on Iran

By INU Staff

INU - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the Senate on April 10 that Donald Trump will continue increasing pressure on Iran.

Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "I can assure the rest of the world that President Trump will continue to ratchet up the pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran so that their behaviour will change."

Port Access Plays Role in US-Iran Conflict for Regional Influence

By Edward Carney

On Wednesday, Agence France-Presse published a report that explained the ways in which Iran seems to be looking to the Chabahar Port, which it operates in partnership with India, as a lifeline for the evasion of escalating US sanctions and the preservation of Iran’s fledgling macro-economy. But the prospective impact of that effort is very much uncertain, especially in light of the ongoing back-and-forth in American enforcement and Iranian invasion, and in light of lingering questions about how quickly the US will move to exert “maximum pressure” on the Islamic Republic.

New Sanctions on Iran Highlight Growing Impatience with Hardline Political Dominance

By INU Staff

INU- It was reported on Tuesday that the United States was imposing yet another round of sanctions on individuals linked to the Iranian regime, specifically to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The US special envoy for matters of Iran policy, Brian Hook, described the IRGC as being behind a large-scale sanctions evasion scheme, which relied on banks and front companies spanning at least three countries in order to gain illicit access to American and European currencies.

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