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The US administration on 2 November announced the reimposition of all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This is the second raft of penalties reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from JCPOA in May, and they cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. The sanctions that come into force on 5 November penalise countries that do not stop importing Iranian oil and foreign companies that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including the central bank, a number of private financial institutions and state-run port and shipping companies. Eight countries, identified by officials as US allies, will receive temporary waivers allowing them to continue to import Iranian petroleum products for a limited period. Pompeo did not identify the countries to be granted the waivers. But according to numerous reports, these include India, South Korea, Turkey, Japan and Italy.

Date: Monday, 05 November 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsusa-ramps-up-sanctions-on-iran-6835977

Iranian officials and a visiting European Union (EU) delegation headed by European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on 16 April signed various memoranda of understanding for cooperation on research. Iran's participation in the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme was also discussed, Iranian media reported. The European commission, and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) issued a joint statement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy which would include establishment of a regular high-level dialogue meeting once a year (the Framework for Partnership on Nuclear Energy) to review topics of common interest in the nuclear field.

Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-to-co-operate-with-europe-on-nuclear-4868249

On 21 October, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei finally endorsed Iran's nuclear accord with world powers in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani. Khamenei said he appreciated the work of Iran's diplomats in reaching the 14 July Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the international agreement limiting Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Date: Sunday, 25 October 2015
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsimplementation-of-iran-agreement-begins-4700831