Iranian airliner skids on to city highway from runway

bne IntelliNews January 27, 2020

Latest of string of aviation incidents in Iran again raises questions over condition of country’s aircraft fleets in face of US sanctions that make parts difficult to source.

US likely to bristle at new Iran plan to put satellite in orbit

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2020

Washington accuses Iranians of using space rocket programme as cover for efforts aimed at developing nuclear payload missiles. Islamic Republic’s last launch effort ended in space centre explosion.

Turkey’s Halkbank exposed to US court fine of $1.8bn within two weeks if prosecutor’s request accepted

bne IntelliNews January 22, 2020

State lender faces contempt of court move after obstinately refusing to appear in New York courthouse to answer Iran sanctions-busting charges.

‘People of assassinated general’s home province will pay $3mn bounty to anyone who kills Trump’ says Iranian MP

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2020

Addressing parliament, lawmaker also calls on Iran to build nuclear bomb. Qasem Soleimani’s successor, meanwhile, says “enemies” like US "understand no language but force”.

Iran ‘to withdraw from NPT if Europe attempts nuclear deal referral’

bne IntelliNews January 20, 2020

Step will take place if UK, France, Germany file formal complaint with Security Council says foreign minister Javad Zarif.

Iran was spooked by US stealth fighter reports when it shot down airliner says Lavrov

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2020

Russian foreign minister says at least six American F-35 aircraft flying in Iranian border area at time Tehran was expecting response to missile strikes on Iraq bases.

Iran warns Europe over succumbing to “high school bully” Trump

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2020

German defence minister acknowledges US threatened it would impose 25% car tariff if EU’s big three did not formally accuse Tehran of breaching nuclear deal. But Europeans claim they were going to do so anyway.

Iran pours scorn on “strange offer” of “Trump deal” to replace nuclear deal

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2020

Islamic Republic’s president also warns European troops in Middle East “could be in danger”. Meanwhile, IIF says in face of US sanctions Iranian foreign reserves have taken $40bn hit.

Iran’s judiciary calls for expulsion of UK ambassador as nuclear deal frictions deteriorate

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2020

Diplomat was arrested after attending vigil for victims of downed aircraft. Iranian officials seen as angered by PM Boris Johnson’s call for a “Trump deal” to replace accord.

TEHRAN BLOG: Now is no time to appease Trump

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2020

As the US tramples on international law and lapdog UK’s PM says nuclear deal can be replaced with something from “the great dealmaker”, respecters of democracy everywhere should side with the lesser of two evils: Iran.

Iran’s admission it shot down airliner with missile sparks anti-regime street unrest

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2020

Pro-regime protesters, meanwhile, set alight union jack after UK ambassador detained after leaving vigil for victims at which chanting started.

Sanctions-hammered Iran saw GDP shrink 8.7% in 2019 and can’t expect growth in 2020 says World Bank

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2020

Just six months ago forecast was for contraction of only 4.5% in face of US “economic war”.

Iran’s started “big operations” in Middle East says general flaunting ‘Resistance Axis’ flags

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2020

Adds that Iranians were prepared to fire even thousands of missiles if US had militarily responded to Iraq airbase strikes. Up to 500 Americans could have died in ‘first phase’ he claims.

US, Canada ‘confident Iran downed Ukraine flight PS752 with missile’

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2020

Iranian civil aviation chief insists: “Scientifically, it is impossible that a missile hit the Ukrainian plane, and such rumours are illogical.”

Assassination of Soleimani: What if Iran’s real plan of revenge is to turf Trump out of office?

Will Conroy in Prague January 8, 2020

As rockets exploded near the US embassy in Baghdad late on January 8, observers were asking if Tehran’s casualty-free attacks on Iraq bases were just a pre-cursor to the long game.

Iran’s refusal to hand over black boxes incites suspicions over fate of Ukraine flight PS752

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

Aircraft crashed hours after Iranian missile attack on Iraq airbases began. Ukrainian president cautions against "speculation or unchecked theories" but little has yet been ruled out.

Analysis: Theory Iran’s strikes on US Iraq bases were ‘for show’ firming up

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

Tehran informed Iraqi PM of attack while it was imminent or in progress. Troops got out of harm’s way. True revenge for Soleimani death might take form of “deniable attacks” say analysts.

Ukrainian commercial flight crashes after takeoff in Iran killing all on board

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

A Ukrainian commercial airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport in the early hours of January 8 killing everyone on board.

Reports indicate Iran’s ‘Soleimani retaliation’ strikes on US bases in Iraq are conservative

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

“All is well!” tweets Trump, adding: “Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!” Iranian foreign minister says “We do not seek escalation or war”.

COMMENT: Will the US launch large scale war against Iran following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani

Fuad Shahbazov Independent Analyst in Baku January 7, 2020

The Caucasus states are now looking on nervously after the assassination of iconic Iranian general and Commander-in-Chief of the elite Quds Forces Qassem Soleimani as a regional war would be devastating