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Iran’s Coordinated Evasion of Sanctions

In an article published in Forbes, Addison Wiggins gives a partial account of how Iran has coordinated with other Middle Eastern and Asian countries in order to evade US-led economic sanctions that were in place throughout 2012 and 2013. Those sanctions resulted in billions of dollars of Iranian assets being frozen in US banks, while the Islamic nation was shut out of subsequent conventional sales of oil and natural gas, which must be conducting in American currency through a global payment network called SWIFT.

Gold and Barter Allow Iran to Avoid Western Sanctions

As the world prepares for the next round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, set for the third week of June, it is important for the West to carefully consider how strong its bargaining position is. The prevailing assumption has been that Iran would feel compelled to vigorously pursue a compromise because of the importance of alleviating sanctions in order to save the Iranian economy. But this may be a serious overestimation of the situation.

U.S. sanctions Iranian regime official for human rights abuse

NCRI- The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday issued new sanctions on one the Iranian regime's official for his instrumental role in the censorship and repression in Iran.

Morteza Tamaddon has been “personally responsible” for harassing Iranian political opponents, censoring free speech, and threatening political opponents of the ruling regime, according to the Treasury Department.

It said any U.S. assets held by Tamaddon would be frozen and Americans would be prohibited from doing business with him.

Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said the new sanctions are part of an effort to hold Iran accountable for its numerous and growing human rights abuses, which include the harassment, imprisonment, and execution of hundreds of Iranians each year.

“The United States is keenly focused on promoting opportunities for the Iranian people to fully exercise their universal rights,” Cohen said in a statement. “We will continue building on the U.S. government’s longstanding efforts to contest the Iranian government censorship of the Iranian people.”



Photos Prove Iraq is Receiving Iranian Weapons

US State Department officials are considering an investigation into the presence of Iranian weapons in Iraq. Documents have been uncovered by Reuters news service, indicating that a formal arms trade agreement has been established between the neighboring countries. Iran and Iraq both deny this, but even more damning evidence has also come to light in the form of photographs showing Iranian arms in the possession of Iraqi forces.

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