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Report: Iran is a Major Transit Point for the Global Meth Trade

By David Klein, OCCRP, 15 April 2021 OCCRP — Iran’s role as a key node in the smuggling routes for methamphetamines from Central and South-East Asia to Europe has left the country with a significant drug problem, a recent EU report found. Read More

U.S., Iranian Nuclear Negotiators Look for Ways to Untie Sanctions Knot

Negotiators for the U.S. and Iran, working to revive an international deal aimed at restricting Tehran’s atomic ambitions, are looking for ways to untangle a knot of interlocking American sanctions in exchange for Tehran’s return to limits on its nuclear activities. After former President Trump pulled… Read More

Iranian Opposition Group Members Charged In Denmark With Financing Terrorist Activity

Denmark’s public prosecutor has charged three members of an Iranian Arab opposition group with financing and supporting terrorist activity in Iran and aiding Saudi intelligence services. “This is a very serious case, where people in Denmark have carried out illegal intelligence activities and financed and promoted terrorism from Denmark in… Read More
13th April 2021
The UK government has added Pakistan to the list of undesirable 21 high-risk countries with unsatisfactory money laundering and terrorist financing controls. This list of 21 countries — released by the UK Government — replicates the list of countries named by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as high-risk or… Read More
13th April 2021
HSBC and Huawei Technologies’ Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou have reached an agreement in a dispute about the publication of documents relating to U.S. fraud allegations against her, their lawyers told a Hong Kong court. The judge, Linda Chan, made court orders along the lines of the agreement, she said… Read More
13th April 2021
The European Union has imposed sanctions on eight Iranian militia commanders and police chiefs, including the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, over a deadly crackdown in November 2019, the bloc said in its Official Journal on Monday. The travel bans and asset freezes are the first EU sanctions on… Read More
8th April 2021
The United States is prepared to remove sanctions on Iran to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, including those that are inconsistent with the 2015 pact, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, without providing details. By Humeyra Pamuk, Mohammad Zargham and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters, 7 April 2021 Read… Read More
7th April 2021
U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday they charged the president of a New York cosmetics company for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to violate U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. Michael Rose, president of Forsythe Cosmetics Group LLC, is accused of skirting U.S. sanctions between 2015 and 2018 by arranging for… Read More
6th April 2021
Iran and the United States will hold indirect talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at bringing both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago. Iran has steadily overstepped the accord’s limits on its nuclear programme in response to Washington’s withdrawal from… Read More
29th March 2021
Iran said its only nuclear power plant could stop operating this year as the country struggles to keep the unit running because of sanctions. The Bushehr nuclear power station is “facing the risk of shutdown” because U.S. banking restrictions have made it difficult for the Islamic Republic to transfer money… Read More
22nd March 2021
Ten Iranian nationals were charged in the U.S. with using shell companies to disguise transactions, including the purchase of two $25 million oil tankers, in an effort to dodge American sanctions on the mideast nation. The charges, originally filed in October, were unsealed Friday in Los Angeles. “Through the use… Read More
17th March 2021
A Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer failed to take steps in response to “multiple apparent warning signs” about its European trade partners, which exported the company’s goods to Iran, according to a settlement announced Monday by the U.S. Treasury Department. UniControl Inc., which produces controls, airflow pressure switches, boiler controls and other… Read More
10th March 2021
An international gang has reportedly robbed two Czech banks and an insurance company of CZK 1.4 billion, using fictitious steel trades, the Czech News Agency reported. The Czech police has been investigating the case in cooperation with their colleagues from Great Britain, where the main perpetrators who controlled the gang… Read More