Iran using Coronavirus to lobby for lifting of sanctions

Amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, Iran’s leaders — particularly President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif — appear to be shrewdly investing significant political capital in a global campaign to have all sanctions against the theocratic establishment lifted.

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Iran looms large in Central Asia despite sanctions

Saudi Arabia may have gotten more than it bargained for when authorities in Khujand, Tajikistan’s second-largest city, ordered that the city’s largest and most popular mosque be converted into a cinema. The order followed the closure of some 2,000 mosques in the country in the last three years, and the arrest last month of scores of Muslim clerics and teachers, many of whom were accused of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that is banned in both Tajikistan and the Saudi kingdom

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Iranian hospital treated coronavirus patients before regime reported virus

A hospital in the Iranian city of Qazvin has been treating coronavirus patients since the first week of February, according to a nurse at the hospital, contrary to the insistence of Iranian authorities, who say they were alerted to the outbreak of the virus in the country on February 19.

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Iran government grossly under-reporting coronavirus cases and deaths

Iran is grossly under-reporting coronavirus cases and deaths in the country, contrary to what various national and local media, regional authorities and health ministry officials are indicating, broadcast service Radio Farda said.

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Iran is preparing for an oil export boom

In the current straitened sanctions period, Iran’s focus in its oil sector is broadly to increase the capacity of its fields in West Karoun and from the huge fields that it shares with Iraq. This strategy allows it firstly to generate income even in the low price oil environment – its US$1-2 per barrel lifting cost is the same as Saudi Arabia’s

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Why Iran downplayed coronavirus crisis

Most experts say the number reported by Iranian officials is suspect because the government either recklessly underestimated the threat of COVID-19 or tried to hide the real number in an attempt to cover up a desperate situation that could potentially add to the its people’s frustration with an inefficient and corrupt regime.

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