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Eye On Iran: U.S. Announces Unilateral Iran Sanctions

June 20, 2010

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LAT: “The Obama administration Wednesday added several dozen Iranian individuals and organizations to its sanctions blacklist, its first steps to intensify pressure after new international sanctions were adopted last week by the United Nations Security Council.”

WSJ: “Proposed U.S. sanctions aimed at starving Iran of foreign gasoline could be signed into law before the end of June, but a shadowy network of Middle East gasoline suppliers is already undermining U.S. efforts to pile pressure on Tehran.  Oil traders and oil industry analysts say Iran will have little trouble finding other gasoline supplies in the Persian Gulf, where a black market in fuel-products thrives, even if Washington passes measures that would penalize firms or individuals with business in the U.S. that supply gasoline to Iran.”

AP: “European Union leaders are set to adopt a new set of sanctions against Iran on Thursday in a further effort to stall its disputed nuclear program.  The restrictions, which come on top of sanctions already imposed by the U.N. Security Council, are slated to be approved during a summit focused primarily on economic issues.”

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Bloomberg: “Turkey under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be headed for more tension with the U.S. as it steers an increasingly independent course, enabled by a booming economy that lessens its dependence on the West.  Erdogan says his embrace of nations such as Syria and Iran that the U.S. regards as adversaries doesn’t put him in that camp.”

Bloomberg: “Ships from Dubai leave for Iran laden with consumer goods every day. Iran accounted for 7.5 percent of U.A.E. exports in 2008, according to the CIA World Factbook. Trade between the two countries exceeded $12 billion in the 12 months to March 20, 2008, the Iranian state-run Fars News Agency reported.  ‘The U.A.E. will be extremely keen not to create an image that they are trying to get around the trade sanctions,’ said Amr Hamzawy, research director and senior associate of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.”

Reuters: “Iran accused Britain, France, Sweden and other Western nations on Wednesday of supporting an exiled group that Iranian officials say planned terrorist acts in the country, state media reported.”


Radio Farda: “Iran’s state rail company has warned Uzbekistan that it will halt the movement of all Uzbek trains across Iran unless Uzbekistan permits the unrestricted transit of freight bound for Tajikistan, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports.”

Reuters: “Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan may redirect oil exports to Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiisk rather than shipping it to Iran due to sanctions imposed from June 1, an industry source said on Thursday.”

Human Rights

AP: “The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran for nearly a year called Thursday for the immediate release or trial of their children, saying that country’s government is using them as pawns in a standoff with the U.S.  It was the first time the families of the jailed Americans have expressed any criticism of the Iranian government.”

AP: “Iran’s foreign ministry has rejected Western nations’ criticism of its human rights record, calling it unrealistic and politically motivated.  Western nations rebuked Iran in a statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week for what they called a lack of progress in protecting human rights.”

Foreign Affairs

AP: “The British ambassador was summoned to Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday over allegations of British ties to terrorist activities in the country, the Foreign office said.  The semiofficial Mehr news agency said Wednesday that the summons came following the arrest of militants seeking to carry out terrorist attacks.”


Golnaz Esfandiari in Radio Farda: “Don’t have any doubts about Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s support for the Islamic hijab, says one Iranian legislator, Tabibeh Safayi. She has recently pointed to some of Ahmadinejad’s actions to demonstrate the president’s apparent belief and support for the Islamic dress code.”

Greg Sheridan in The Australian: “If the Americans were really serious, they would at the very least impose their own blanket economic sanctions, designed to cause as much disruption to the Iranian economy as possible, and ask all like-minded countries to follow. It would be an enormous and costly undertaking, but that is what global leadership sometimes requires.”

Jamsheed Choksy for The Hudson Institute: “Ahmadinejad and his Principlist allies have cultivated a series of alliances in yet another vitally important branch of the Iranian government-the armed forces. Iranian sources indicate that the president is using the IRGC and its ancillary wing, the Basij, to centralize power within the executive branch.”

Eye on Iran is a periodic news summary from United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Eye on Iran is not intended as a comprehensive media clips summary but rather a selection of media elements with discreet analysis in a PDA friendly format. For more information please email

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