Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  855 October 2010
Iran Update
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Japanese sanctions may cut Iran oil exports by 25%, Nomura says
Bloomberg
Raj Rajendran
5 October 2010

Japanese sanctions against Iran, the second-largest oil producer in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia, may reduce crude exports from the Persian Gulf nation by 25 percent, according to Nomura International. "Recent Japanese sanctions against Iran could force oil exports to below 1.5 million barrels a day in the near term from 2 million barrels a day currently, negatively affecting global supply while helping push oil prices higher," the unit of Japan's largest brokerage said in a note today.
Japan said Sept. 3 it is suspending new oil and gas investments in Iran and freezing the assets of 88 organizations and 24 individuals in its latest round of sanctions. Inpex Corp., Japan's biggest energy explorer, said Oct. 1 that it is considering withdrawing from the Azadegan oil project in Iran.
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Jewellers continue strike in Tehran
Iran Focus
4 October 2010

A strike by jewellers and goldsmiths across Tehran continued into its second week.
Jewellery and goldsmith shops in Karimkhan Street - the biggest collection of such stores second only to Tehran's Grand Bazaar - remained shut on Sunday.
Jewellers and goldsmiths on strike at the bazaar and elsewhere are demanding the government annul new laws on Value Added Tax (VAT).
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Ahmadinejad calls for US leaders to be 'buried'
Associated Press
3 October 2010

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president is calling for U.S. leaders to be "buried" in response to threats of military attack over Tehran's nuclear program.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is known for brash rhetoric in addressing the West, but in a speech Sunday he used a deeply offensive insult in calling for an undertaker to bury U.S. leaders.
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Total, Shell, Statoil, Eni exit Iran to comply with sanctions
AFP
30 September 2010

WASHINGTON - Under threat of US sanctions, European oil firms Total, Shell, Statoil and Eni have pledged to stop investing in Iran in what amounts to a "significant setback" to Tehran, a US official said Thursday.
The pledges fall in line with new energy and financial measures against Iran that US President Barack Obama signed into law in July in the wake of UN Security Council sanctions imposed in June to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"We have received commitments from four international energy firms to terminate their investments and avoid any new activity in Iran's energy sector," Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told reporters.
The move dealt "a significant setback to Iran," Steinberg added as analysts agreed that most major Western firms have now come to the conclusion that it is no longer worth doing business in Iran.
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U.S. pressures Iranian officials on rights abuses
The Washington Post
Thomas Erdbrink and William Branigin
30 September 2010

TEHRAN - With new international financial sanctions already taking a toll on Iran's currency, the Obama administration is stepping up pressure on the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a fresh set of penalties against eight senior officials for alleged human rights abuses. Sanctions recently implemented by the United Arab Emirates precipitated a sharp drop this week in the value of Iran's currency, the rial, disrupting the country's markets and triggering skirmishes between money changers and security forces. The sanctions flowed from an international effort to punish Iran for expanding its uranium enrichment program in defiance of U.N. resolutions.
Under a new executive order signed by President Obama and announced Wednesday in Washington, a separate, more targeted set of sanctions is intended to punish top Iranian officials deemed responsible for the arbitrary detention, killing, torture, beating and rape of Iranian citizens since the country's disputed 2009 presidential election.
Among the blacklisted officials are the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the interior and intelligence ministers, and top police and military commanders. They are subject to individual financial sanctions and ineligible to obtain U.S. visas in accordance with a U.S. law passed in June.
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Allawi tells Iran to stay out of Iraqi politics
VOANews
Thomas Erdbrink and William Branigin
30 September 2010

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has called on Middle East leaders to stop Iran from interfering in Iraqi politics.
He made the call in Syria Wednesday, following a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad.  Mr. Allawi said he had asked Iran's allies, which include Syria, to send the message to Tehran.
Mr. Allawi's Iraqiya political bloc is trying to pull together enough support to form the next Iraqi government and end a political stalemate that has persisted since the March elections.
He has ruled out taking part in any coalition government headed by current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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Zia Nabavi severely beaten after transfer to prison exile
RAHANA
27 September 2010

Student educational rights activist Zia Nabavi was severely beaten and held in solitary confinement for 48 hours upon arriving to Karoun prison in Ahvaz (capital of the Iranian province of Khuzestan). Zia Nabavi is the spokesperson for the Right to Education Council.
The Committee of Human Rights Reporters stated that Nabavi was transferred to the security ward in Karoun prison. Reports indicate that the prison has poor food and hygiene conditions. He is permitted one meal for breakfast and one for dinner. He was allowed to use the hygienic facilities once during the first two days. There is only one toilet and one bath in the security ward and the temperature is extremely hot. There is no ventilation system and the prisoners do not have proper access to drinking water.
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Stuxnet worm rampaging through Iran: IT official
AFP
27 September 2010

TEHRAN - The Stuxnet worm is mutating and wreaking further havoc on computerised industrial equipment in Iran where about 30,000 IP addresses have already been infected, IRNA news agency reported on Monday.
"The attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading," Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran's Information Technology Company, was quoted as saying by IRNA, Iran's official news agency.
Stuxnet, which was publicly identified in June, was tailored for Siemens supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, systems commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other industrial facilities.
The self-replicating malware has been found lurking on Siemens systems...
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In This Issue
Japanese sanctions may cut Iran oil exports by 25%, Nomura says
Jewellers continue strike in Tehran
Ahmadinejad calls for US leaders to be 'buried'
Total, Shell, Statoil, Eni exit Iran to comply with sanctions
U.S. pressures Iranian officials on rights abuses
Allawi tells Iran to stay out of Iraqi politics
Zia Nabavi severely beaten after transfer to prison exile
Stuxnet worm rampaging through Iran: IT official
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