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  1. Iran and North Korea Sign Technological Cooperation Agreement, Deepening Ties

    September 1, 2012 Iran and North Korea announced the signing of a scientific and technological cooperation agreement in Tehran. Iranian state-owned television reported that the deal would establish joint scientific and technological laboratories, provide ...

  2. Canada Closes Iranian Embassy and Kicks out Diplomats

    September 7, 2012 Canada announced the closure of its embassy in Iran. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said the decision was prompted by safety concerns and by Iran's support for Syrian President al-Assad and its refusal to comply with United Na ...

  3. S.Leone Removes Nine Iranian Vessels from Shipping Register

    September 8, 2012 Richard Valdmanis The Maritime Administration of Sierra Leone announced that it had removed nine ships from its shipping register after finding that they were registered by subsidiaries of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). ...

  4. Iran Shows off New Air Defense System

    September 21, 2012 In an annual military parade, Iran displayed its Raad air defense system. The system is capable of hitting targets at 22,000 meters, according to Iranian officials. Iran also displayed the Sajjil-2 (Sejil-2) and Ghadr F-1 missiles, both ...

  5. U.S. Clears Path for More Sanctions on Iran Oil Deals

    September 25, 2012 Timothy Gardner and Roberta Rampton The U.S. Department of the Treasury classified the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) as "an agent or affiliate" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  The move enables the Unite ...

  6. Iran Faces New Blow as South Korea Firm Ends Ship Work

    September 28, 2012 Jonathan Saul The Korean Register of Shipping stopped providing classification services for Iranian ships in early August. Without access to such services, ships have difficulty securing insurance coverage and cannot call at most major ...

  7. Iran Shippers Face Difficulty Dodging Sanctions

    September 28, 2012 Benoit Faucon and Colum Murphy Moldova deregistered twelve Iranian ships in July and no longer has any Iranian vessels on its registry. Mongolia has also decided to cancel the registration for five Iranian ships, which had been register ...

  8. Iran Inaugurates New Military Production Units

    October 14, 2012 Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi inaugurated eight explosives production units, including an emulsion explosives production line, a phosphate pelletizing plant, a phosphoric acid production unit, and a micro polymer balloons unit. Fa ...

  9. European Union Intensifies Sanctions on Iran

    October 15, 2012 James Kanter and Thomas Erdbrink The European Union announced the tightening of sanctions on Iran. The new measures restrict trade in the natural gas, metals, software, and financial sectors, and prohibit unauthorized transactions between ...

  10. Iran Poised to Expand Nuke Work

    November 16, 2012 George Jahn In its most recent quarterly report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that Iran is ready to increase its production of 20% enriched uranium in its underground facility at Fordow by feeding uranium hexaf ...

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