SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Iran is poised to double its output of higher-enriched uranium at its fortified underground facility, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday — a development that puts Tehran within months of being able to make the core of a nuclear warhead.
In its report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran was ready within days to ramp up its production of 20 percent enriched uranium at its plant at Fordo using 700 more centrifuges.
The Obama administration imposed sanctions on Iranian officials and government bodies for their role in blocking Internet access, mobile-phone lines and satellite television channels to stifle freedom of speech.
Reza Taghipour, the country’s minister of communications and information technology, tops a blacklist that includes the head of the Iranian police, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, who in September 2009 created a cyber-police unit that has blocked foreign websites and social networks, the U.S. Treasury Department said yesterday in a statement.
Washington, D.C. — Iranian jamming of U.S. government-sponsored news and information programs disrupted broadcasts from Morocco to Eastern Europe to Indonesia, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has found.
Satellite operator Eutelsat confirmed that the intermittent jamming was coming from inside Iran. This most recent episode of interference with broadcasts began on Oct. 3 and is in clear violation of international agreements.
Obama’s executive order is designed to target companies and individuals assisting the governments of Iran and Syria, they said, future executive orders could name others aiding other countries through technology in crackdowns on dissent.
New sanctions, including a U.S. visa ban and financial restrictions, against a range of Syrian and Iranian agencies and individuals.
In Syria, the sanctions target the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate, the Syriatel phone company and Ali Mamluk, the director of Syria’s general intelligence services.
Following on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s message for the Iranian New Year, or Noruz, President Obama released his own video to the Iranian people today.
At the end of the message, Obama told Iranians in Farsi, “Eideh shoma mobarak,” the equivalent of “happy holidays.” But the message was not all pleasantries: Obama also focused on the suppression of the free flow of information in Iran, and announced steps to counter it.
SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,000 financial institutions and corporations in 210 countries.
Following an EU Council decision, SWIFT is today announcing it has been instructed to discontinue its communications services to Iranian financial institutions that are subject to European sanctions.Statement on SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication )website
latest information on the Iran Sanctions Regulations,including transferring funds to and from Iran for family transactions, importing and exporting, purchasing and selling property, and managing inheritances and investments.
To whom do these sanctions regulations apply?All U.S. persons and entities (companies, non-profit groups, government agencies, etc.) wherever located.