US to announce more countries waived from Iran sanctions


The United States will soon announce a list of more countries to receive waivers from US sanctions on Iran’s central bank, set to go into effect later this month, Reuters reports:

The latest round of U.S. sanctions come into effect on June 28 and aims to cut Iran’s oil revenue to pressure Tehran into halting its nuclear program, which Western powers suspect is aimed at developing nuclear arms.

The U.S. can exempt countries from sanctions if they make significant reductions to crude imports, and granted a waiver to Japan and 10 European countries in March.

The official declined to give more details on which countries would join the exemptions list, but said the U.S. and South Korea had made progress in talks. Continue reading

IAEA inspector killed in car crash in Iran

A South Korean inspector working for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was killed in a car crash, and his Slovene colleague injured, when their car overturned near central Iran’s Arak complex Tuesday, Iranian media report.

“The Agency has been informed that two of its safeguards inspectors were involved in a car accident in Iran earlier today,” the IAEA said in a press statement. “One of the inspectors, from the Republic of Korea, was killed; the other, from Slovenia, was injured. The Agency is in touch with the inspectors’ families, and with the Iranian authorities.”

Iran’s Fars News Agency reports:

A statement released by the public relations office of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) said the two IAEA experts were on a mission “in the vicinity of Khandab Complex in the Markazi province when the accident happened”.

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