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Iran in the News: Sanctions, Oil, Ahmadinejad in Lebanon

October 10, 2010

Source: Reuters
Radio Farda

تحقیق هلند درباره ارسال یک محموله «غیرقانونی» آژانس به ایران

Dutch investigate “illegal” IAEA shipment to Iran

(Reuters)Dutch authorities may take legal action against an exporter for violating EU sanctions on Iran by shipping equipment to the country on behalf of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the Economics Ministry said on Friday.

The International Atomic Energy Organisation (IAEA) had sent the equipment to a banned recipient, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, as part of a technical cooperation agreement with the Islamic Republic, a ministry spokesman said.

Source: The Guardian and News Week
Persian: Deutsche Welle and Radio Farda

لبنان صحنه‌ی «جنجال تازه‌ی احمدی‌نژاد»؟

اختلاف در میان لبنانی‌ها درباره سفر احمدی‌نژاد

Ahmadinejad looks to Lebanon to escape home truths

The Iranian president is visiting Lebanon mainly because of his growing unpopularity at home. In fact, Ahmadinejad has never been more unpopular in Iran, not only with the public but also his conservative allies and the clergy. By going to Lebanon, he is going to one of the last places where the Islamic Republic still has genuine support. When he speaks in Bint Jbeil, unlike in Iran, schools won’t be closed and civil servants won’t be threatened with dismissal unless they attend the president’s speech. People will voluntarily turn up because they genuinely support the Islamic republic and will pay respect to almost any senior Iranian politician.

By going to Lebanon, Ahmadinejad will primarily be using the occasion to try to strengthen his support back home with the public, and with the Revolutionary Guards, whose support is important to him. He will also be trying to outshine his rivals such as Ali Larijani and Hashemi Rafsanjani by using the trip to say that he is the true face of Iran abroad, and not them.

This development will also benefit supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who is most probably very concerned about Ahmadinejad’s flagging popularity.

Ahmadinejad Throws Dangerous Stones in Lebanon

Squared off against Hizbullah are Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a handful of his political allies. They’ve vowed to push the tribunal as far as it needs to go to uncover the details of the assassination. The tribunal issue hits not only Lebanon’s political fault lines but its sectarian fault lines as well: Hizbullah supporters are primarily Shiite, and Hariri’s supporters are primarily Sunni. The two partisan groups clashed in fierce street battles in May 2008. Ahmadinejad’s government is thought to have donated millions of dollars to Hizbullah since 2005, something that has surely not gone unnoticed by Lebanon’s Sunni community.

Source: Reuters

Behind propaganda, Iran fights fuel sanctions

(Reuters) – Iran’s assertion that it has side-stepped some international sanctions and become self-sufficient in gasoline is political propaganda, experts say, but it could become a reality as early as 2013.

Source: Wall Street Journal

وال استریت ژورنال> تماس توتال و شل با ایران

Total, Shell Keep Line Open With Tehran Despite US Claim-Sources

Immediately after the U.S. announcement, a Total manager contacted the Iranian authorities to reassure them the French oil major had no intention to discontinue its business ties with the Islamic Republic, a person familiar with the matter told Dow Jones.

The Total manager told the Iranian authorities it “will take into account French national interests,” instead of U.S. interests, the person familiar with the matter said, paraphrasing the conversation with the company manager.

While U.S. sanctions have long barred oil investment in Iran, European countries like France have traditionally opposed sanctions. That enabled Total, Shell, Eni and Statoil to develop Iranian oil and gas fields and produce petroleum in Iran. This changed when the European Union this summer announced sanctions barring European companies to invest in the country’s hydrocarbons sector.

A person familiar with the contacts said that just before the U.S. disclosed Shell had renounced to new investments in Iran, a Shell representative also contacted Iran’s authorities to reassure them the company intended to maintain its business ties.

Source: Tehran Bureau

Japan-Iran Oil Ties Go Dry

Large Asian and European companies involved in Iran’s oil and gas sector are showing signs that they are preparing to withdraw from Iranian projects to avoid being targeted by U.S. sanctions. As Stuart Levey, the U.S. Treasury Department’s point man on sanctions, explained in a presentation in Washington last month, the tendency of sanctioned Iranian entities to use deception to evade sanctions has provided U.S. authorities with an opportunity to also target legitimate Iranian transactions. “Because many in the private sector are simply unable to distinguish between Iran’s legitimate and illicit transactions, they have opted to cut off Iran entirely,” Levey said.

Japan’s Inpex Corporation is the latest company that is reportedly considering withdrawing from a major energy project at Iran’s Azadegan oil field. If Inpex does withdraw, it remains unclear what impact this will have on the future of the project. The development of the field is vital to Iran’s ambitions to increase oil production, or at the very least, arrest declines in production over the next several years.

Source: MSNBC
Persian: Alarabiya and Desutsche Welle

دولت ژاپن تحريم های جديدی بر ضد ايران تصویب کرد

«صنعت نفت و گاز ایران با فاجعه روبروست»

Japan Inpex may quit Iran over U.S. sanctions: minister

TOKYO — Japan’s top oil explorer Inpex Corp may pull out of an oilfield project in Iran, joining other global firms in abandoning activities there to avoid U.S. sanctions, trade minister Akihiro Ohata said on Friday.

Inpex, in which Japan’s government holds a 19 percent stake, has not been named either on a list of firms targeted for U.S. sanctions against Iran for its nuclear plans or on another list of firms excluded from the sanctions, Ohata told reporters.

“Inpex is considering things including a withdrawal based on its own management judgment,” the minister said.

“I want to respect their business decision and refrain from interfering in the matter.”

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    1. From Indymedia portal:

      SHELL & embargo: here’s how the Dutch foraging Iran.

      Hundreds of U.S. companies have sold sensitive technology and know-how to the Iranians but also famous European multinationals. As Royal Duch Shell.

      Chemicals, weapons, technologies, software, spares for the war industry, nuclear and oil. Always arrives in Iran for everything. And by all. Especially from Shell. Which is also fun to make fun of the United States.

      For bringing the American authorities and ask for an international letter rogatory against society Irasco (October 2009) it took an official complaint to the Italian government authorities. Before all sleep more or less peacefully.
      One thing is the fiction film and the reconstruction of so many Americans telefim and another thing is to put in writing – on paper – the shady dealings of Iran as it did in its report a 007 secret service. Altana Pietro, considered an agent of military intelligence writes bluntly in a confidential letter to General Nicolò Pollari (Sismi), and the general Mario Mori (Sisde), and to the Italian government authorities on September 15, 2004:
      “For many years I work for the SISMI (Military Intelligence) full time and occasionally for SISDE (civilian secret service) as a consultant in my areas of responsibility such as Iranian society … … I was stopped by the Police Station Genoa Pontedecimo … and was seized abundant material relating to the Iranian society that are the focus of our investigations … the material in question concerns the Iranian trading companies (all controlled directly by the Iranian Government) which the companies: IRASCO, NISCO, IRITEC, IRISA, IRITAL, IRAN AIR, TEEN TRANSPORT, and many others, all companies that have dealings with Iranian intelligence services and from our investigations that have encouraged the export – from Genoa to Iran – high-tech “Made in USA (prohibited by the embargo) and also technology military and nuclear technologies. A lot of this documentation was filed in confidential files in my computer (all impounded) … and are now being studied by investigators … I trusted my lawyers have also feared the possibility that the judges (pm Anna Canepa e GIP Todella) may question the Iranian society for a review of documentation found in my possession. In this regard I would point out – the illustrious President of the Italian Republic – the potential risk (also true) that the Iranian society (and therefore also inductively the Iranian government) can become aware of our investigations carried out in recent years on their behalf. With all the serious and irreparable consequences for the diplomatic implications of our nation”.

      6 years after the complaint appears to have remained as before. ran continues to do a roaring trade with the West in every field. William Hague, British Foreign Secretary (fatal coincidence that the same name of the city which houses the headquarters of Shell in the Netherlands) recently reaffirmed that the UK does not encourage trade and investment with Iran because of “serious concerns about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program”. This is the paradox. The Iranians continue to do great business, especially with European multinationals. As the oil giant Shell.

      Feel (or read) what he writes Michiel Brandjes, General Counsel Corporate of Royal Duch Shell Plc, to the ambassador Mark D. Wallace (United Against Nuclear Iran) when the latter – given the close relationships Shell-Iran – threatened action at the SEC, FSA, il New York Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange: “we have not yet taken a decision as to whether to proceed with the persian NLG Project”.

      So serafic replied the CEO of Shell on January 14, 2010. Not so long ago (see document pdf attached to the margins of this Article).

      Obviously it was a colossal hoax. Brandjes was aware of lying shamelessly . A few years ago, exactly 30 November 2006, to La Hague, in Holland, at the headquarters of the Shell International BV was present he with IP Counsel of Shell Int. BV Mr. Anouk Boon when he signed a confidential Agreement between Shell Research Limited and CEO of Irasco Srl Dr Kamyab Tehrani Soroosh (this last is a trading company based in Genoa, which is controlled by the Iranian government).

      The top secret agreement is named “Secrecy and restricted use Agreement for Sulfinol process”. In this negotiation involving several European and Canadian companies: Shell Research Limited, Irasco Srl, Royal Duch Shell, Gas Liquids Engineerings Limited, IOOC-Iran Offshore Oil Company, Iritec, Siirtec Nigi, e Thermo Design Engineering Limited. For at least a couple of years the project is fully launched (Kharg Islands Gas Gathering and NLG Recovery Project – EPC contract for Onshore Reception Facilities, Pipelines, NLG Process, Storage and Export Facilities – Contract No. 3660-85-2FC).

      The process object by the Secrecy Agreement called “Sulfinol Process” has been patented by Shell in 1960 and is a very high technological know-how that has a myriad of applications, especially in the oil industry for the production of aromatic compounds and the purification of acid gas streams.

      “The Shell process for the production of aromatic compounds is of primary importance in the removal of benzene, toluene and xylene, being able to obtain products with a purity of 99.9% with almost total recovery. Since sulfanol is used in these extraction processes, capital investments are minimized, costs are reduced and increase the plant capacity was increased and the purity of the synthesized compounds. The splitting of gasoline for the enrichment of aromatic compounds, led to mixtures with a higher octane fuels and refined for jet engines”.

      The “Sulfinol Process” is an outstanding business that has generated a mountain of money for Shell (in rials and dollars) and profits have increased tenfold in the Iranian Kharg Islands.

      And ‘thanks to this technology that to Kharg Island (Iran) it was possible to install a huge deposit of petroleum products. With increasing levels of production Kharg Island has also become the biggest export terminal in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. government estimates are that Iran is a major exporter of oil in the world, the fourth-largest country, and trade of crude oil accounts for 80% of exports. Despite the sanctions and the embargo in place against Iran petrochemical giant Shell this year, rather than reduce supplies of crude oil from Iran, has actually increased by 30% benefiting from – among others – for large discounts on the official price market.

      Certainly the latest sanctions have made it harder to do business with Iran. Fortunately, there are companies like Shell that continue to bankroll the Persian country, bringing into the coffers of the Ayatollah billion dollars cash (Only 2-3 months in the summer of 2010, Shell has paid into the coffers of the Islamic republic over $ 2 billion for oil supplies). And all this business is not carried out secretly. It ‘s all in the light of the sun.

      A deadly blow to the U.S..

      Iran is being urged by close economic isolation and military? Iran under strict economic embargo (with all that mountain of money)? But do not make us all laugh.

      The river of money paid by Shell goes directly to the oil company that is owned by the state, which passes it to the government in Tehran. In turn, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has this immense financial resources to fund nuclear research (from civil to military), the purchase of next-generation ballistic missiles, hi tech arms, all the possible and imagination scientific and technological know-how, as well as all the toys of war that the Iranians as naughty children yearn to possess. And now. If not cry flying down to earth and make ueeeeeeeee.

      Fortunately, there is dad Shell that pay good in cash.

      Who gives a damn of the sanctions,of the US Securities Act of 1933,1934, of Barak Obama.

      Thank you Shell.


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      – “Altana Pietro and the SISMI have deceived the Iranians?”

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    2. very very interesting thanks

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