Iran’s president Raisi expresses skepticism on FATF accession

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) Monday criticized the previous administration for insisting on Iran’s accession to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In a speech to families of those killed in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), he suggested his government might prefer to focus on relations with “neighbors and friendly countries,” including presumably China and Russia.

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Controversial German politician to head UN agency accused of helping Iran with tech linked to nuclear program

Iranian diplomats were reportedly seen last month holding talks at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a sprawling, byzantine Vienna-based bureaucracy. UNIDO provides funds and technology which critics say enable the world’s worst state-sponsor of terrorism, Iran.

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Senior Sunni Cleric in Iran says water is not the only reason for unrest

A senior Sunni cleric in Iran has criticized the government’s management of the country and implicitly defending protests in oil-rich Khuzestan province, has said the reason is not just lack of water.

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Iran creating ‘Target Bank’ for future cyber assaults

Leaked documents have revealed Iran’s secret research into how the Republic’s cyber capacity could be used to sink cargo ships, blow up a petrol station or other forms of cyber assault, according to a report by Sky News.

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Iran’s shadow fleet of tankers increases its smuggling of oil to China

Iran has started to increases its illegal sales of oil despite the sanctions that were imposed on it in 2018 by the administration of then U.S. President Donald Trump. Over the last three years, the Iranian tanker fleet consisting of 123 ships has smuggled oil to countries such as China, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, the UAE and Venezuela. Each day Iranian ships can deliver about 100 million barrels of oil, worth more than $7.6 billion.

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