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Abu Dhabi - Sky News Arabia ,said Gottfried Ibrant , chief executive of the SWIFT network for financial messaging, based in Belgium, said that the network would split some Iranian banks from its system early next week.

Earlier this week, Swift said it would suspend the access of some Iranian banks to its "stability and integrity of the global financial system" system.

Swift did not mention the US sanctions as the reason for her decision, which probably reflects the fact that she is caught between conflicting regulatory requirements.

"We will separate a number of Iranian banks ," he told a Franco-German business conference in Paris , adding that it was a trade decision and would not affect all banks.

He later said that the list of banks would be published at the beginning of the week after notifying the banks concerned, and declined to comment on whether the central bank was on the list.

The US government has informed Swift that it expects them to comply with sanctions, and that it may face sanctions from Washington if it does not comply.

Swift, on the other hand, is not allowed to do so under EU law known as the Blockade Act, which could expose it to European sanctions if it complies with US law.

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Yeah, Right.            ANOTHER DESPERATE move by the Insanians WHO are CRYING OUT LOUD.   The Insanians are backed FURTHER into the corner WITH NO WAY OUT!!!  

My my my seeing that carrier brings back memories for me. Being a young 17/18 yr old getting told we were heading to the med sea to assist with Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 was terrif

At one time I thought this was a pretty smart an honest guy, after reading parts of this statement I'm now convinced I was totally wrong. He's just another political pawn being played by Iran.  I

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The United States said Iraq had been   able to continue importing natural gas and electricity supplies from Iran for 45 days, several days after sanctions were re-imposed  on Iran's oil sector. 

"The United States has granted Iraq a 45-day temporary waiver of sanctions to allow Iraq to continue to buy natural gas and electricity from Iran," the US embassy in Iraq said on its Facebook page. "This exemption provides time for Iraq to begin taking steps towards independence in energy ." 

Iraqi central bank officials said in August the  country 's economy was so heavily linked to Iran that Baghdad asked Washington to waive some sanctions. 

The current temporary waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iranian import payments in US dollars.

The United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran on November 5. The sanctions include 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 people and vehicles in the shipping sector, Iran Air and more than 65 of its aircraft. 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Saturday that eight countries were temporarily excluded from the decision to ban the purchase of Iranian oil on the same day that US sanctions against Iran began.


 
Pompeo said the countries excluded from the decision to ban the purchase of Iranian oil are China, India, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan. 

The US Secretary of State added that more than 20 countries have completely stopped importing Iranian oil, resulting in Tehran losing 1 million barrels per day of its exports, worth 2.5 billion dollars of its oil revenues in October.

In the same context, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Saturday that US sanctions were announced last week, has no effect on the Iranian economy, because Washington restored practically imposed earlier. 

He said in remarks quoted on state television , "not sanctions any impact on our economy, because America has already used all available weapons have, and there was nothing new use against us."

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The United States said Iraq could continue to import natural gas and electricity supplies from Iran for 45 days, several days after Iran's oil sector was re-sanctioned .

"The United States has granted Iraq a 45-day temporary waiver of sanctions to allow Iraq to continue to buy natural gas and electricity from Iran, " the US embassy in Iraq said on its front page on Thursday .

"This exemption provides time for Iraq to begin taking steps towards independence in energy ."

Iraqi central bank officials said in August that the country's economy was so heavily linked to Iran that Baghdad asked Washington to waive some sanctions .

The current temporary waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iranian import payments in US dollars .

The United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran on Nov. 5 .

The sanctions include 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 people and vehicles in the shipping sector, Iran Air and more than 65 of its aircraft .


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US banks prepare for Iranian cyberattacks as retaliation for sanctions

By Jose Pagliery, CNN Investigates

 

Updated 5:47 PM ET, Fri November 9, 2018

 
 
 
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New York (CNN)As the United States reinstated economic sanctions on Iran on Monday, American banks were gearing up for retaliatory Iranian cyberattacks.

Bank executives believe Iranian hackers could attempt to disrupt financial services, perhaps as they did between 2011 and 2013 -- with denial-of-service attacks that interrupted bank websites and other internet financial services.
Last week, CNN got rare access to a major American bank's highly guarded cybersecurity defense center in New York, where monitor screens listed "Iranian hackers" as the top "trending threat" at the moment. (North Korea ranked closely behind.) The bank's top cybersecurity executive said his team is bracing for a reprisal, because Iran "might lash out" as a result of the reimposed sanctions.
The bank requested not to be identified, citing a concern that Iran would single it out and direct hackers to attack the institution. The industry as a whole is already on guard, the bank said.
 
 
United States Cyber Command, the hacking force within the Department of Defense, said it is working along with other government efforts to counter "malicious cyber activity."
"Iran, while more limited (than some other countries) in the sophistication of their cyber capabilities, (has) demonstrated a greater willingness to conduct destructive cyberattacks that are well beyond the norms of state behavior in peacetime," Lt. Col. Audricia Harris told CNN in an email.
Companies in the private sector may experience attacks first. Two former federal government officials and several cybersecurity experts confirmed to CNN that major American banks are concerned about Iranian retaliation, though the banks themselves declined to comment.
This week, the Trump administration reimposed all the economic penalties that the Obama administration lifted as part of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The reinstated sanctions added almost 700 targets to the US sanctions list, including 50 Iranian financial institutions, making it harder for these targets to engage in business worldwide. The Iranian government has made public statements about its intention to defy US sanctions.
An industry of private security contractors has grown up to protect major banks and other companies from hackers. They have recently warned their clients to heighten their defenses.
"Banks are taking a hard look at Iranian threat actors right now. We've advised all of our clients in the critical infrastructure space to consider the historic hostile actions of Iranian actors given this new development," said John Hultquist, director of research at FireEye, a cybersecurity firm that provides services to major banks.
The banking industry's privately run group that coordinates defenses against cyberattacks -- the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center -- told CNN it has not seen Iran prepare to attack yet.
"There's no evidence I've seen that the threat is imminent," FS-ISAC CEO Bill Nelson told CNN on Wednesday. "But we were able to effectively defend and respond in 2012. We're certainly better off than we were then."
According to public accusations made two years ago by the Department of Justice, Iran launched massive cyberattacks against the US banking sector from 2011 until 2013. Iranian hackers flooded American financial institutions with garbage computer traffic, jamming the banks' internet services. The attacks started in December 2011 then ramped up in September 2012, when it significantly disrupted customer access to the websites of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, US Bank and PNC Bank.
At the time, the cyberattack was the largest ever. The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike called it "unprecedented." The Obama administration's DOJ later indicted seven Iranians who allegedly conducted the cyberattack while working at two companies "on behalf" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Joshua Motta saw those attacks firsthand while he worked at Cloudflare, an internet service that protects websites from these kinds of aggressive floods of traffic. At the time, he said, "the industry was unprepared." He's now CEO of the cyberinsurance company Coalition, which provides coverage for small businesses like credit unions and regional banks. Motta said they should be preparing for Iran's vengeance.
"This is on everyone's radar. It is almost with 100% certainty the hacking campaign will resume after sanctions," Motta told CNN this week. "And I don't think it's going to be limited to banks." Energy infrastructure, for example, could also come under threat, as it did from Russia earlier this year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
If Iran does attack the United States, corporations will be faced with hackers whose skills have grown since 2012, according to CrowdStrike.
"They've gotten better in the last six years at intrusion activity. The experience they've gained -- launching wave after wave of destructive attacks against Saudi Arabia -- has helped them increase their capabilities. They are much more formidable," said Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike's co-founder and chief technology officer.
Since the 2011-2013 Iranian cyberattacks, the US military has taken a more aggressive position against such threats -- one that could result in an immediate counterstrike against Iran.
As CNN reported in September, the US military has been given more authority to launch preventative cyberattacks. A classified Obama administration directive that forced American government hackers to seek the president's approval before launching retaliatory cyberstrikes deemed to have "significant consequences" was replaced by the Trump administration's National Security Presidential Memorandum 13, or NSPM 13.
President Trump's directive, which came into effect September 20, "effectively reversed those restraints" put into place by the previous President, White House national security adviser John Bolton told reporters at the time. "Our hands are not tied as they were in the Obama administration," he said.
"It is now the policy of the United States to shoot back to deter (an) adversary's cyber operations. If we could get into their network, we could destroy their computers. We could take down the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps network affecting the banks," said Jason Healey, a senior research scholar at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs who is working on a paper about the more aggressive policy and its potential consequences.
This more aggressive cyberwarfare policy carries a risk of escalating tensions, Healey and other experts said. But Healey acknowledged the tensions with Iran are there already.
US Cyber Command, the military's hackers, "want to get in there and grapple, get close and throw elbows, make the adversaries fight for their computer infrastructure," Healey said.

CNN's Julia Horowitz contributed to this report.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/09/tech/iran-sanctions-us-banks-cyber-hack-invs/index.html

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US banks are preparing themselves for Iranian cyber attacks in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the Bush administration, according to international sources. 

The sources quoted managers at US banks as saying Iranian pirates may disrupt financial services.

It also quoted security officials as saying the Department of Defense's piracy division was working with other government efforts to combat any malicious electronic activity.

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Iran announces plan to reform banking system

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Minister of Economy and Finance Farhad Dejesband announced that his ministry started last week to implement the reform plan of the banking system.

"We have exceeded most of the multilateral ban, and the current unjust embargo is not to be considered," Dijspend said in televised remarks. "The aim of the ban is to divide the people and the government and to spread despair among the people. Only increase the well-being of the people and reassure them. "

"We have to make government property a tool to get out of the embargo, so we have been able to prepare an accurate inventory of government property," he said. "Twenty percent of these properties and funds are sufficient to achieve economic movement. Economy".

"We have started implementing the reform plan of the banking system last week, and the plan must encourage the concerned bodies to implement it," he said, calling for transparency with the people because it is an effective tool to fight corruption. Ending / 25

https://www.almaalomah.com/2018/11/11/363232/

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"We have started implementing the reform plan of the banking system last week, and the plan must encourage the concerned bodies to implement it," he said, calling for transparency with the people because it is an effective tool to fight corruption. Ending / 25

 

This is too funny Iran calling for transparency an effective tool to fight corruption. What a hoot :lmao:

 Have a good day Butifldrm and DV. 

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US National Security Adviser: Iran Will Stand Firm

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John Bolton, the US national security adviser, said Tuesday his country would step up sanctions against Iran as Tehran tries to find ways to avoid restrictions on oil and banking trade.

"The goal from the start is to cut oil exports from Iran to zero. We intend to make them very strong. "

The United States has announced a re-imposition of sanctions this month as the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to force Iran to curb its nuclear and missile programs and stop supporting proxy forces in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.

Eight importing countries have received temporary US exemptions to continue buying Iranian oil when sanctions are reinstated, making Iranian President Hassan Rowhani say Washington will not be able to cut Iranian oil exports altogether.

In the North Korean case, Bolton noted that Trump is still ready to hold a second summit with its leader Kim Jong-un.

The comments come after a report detailing missile sites in North Korea, which has undergone maintenance.

Bolton was speaking to reporters in Singapore on the sidelines of this week's meetings between the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and non-ASEAN partners, including the United States and China.

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What did Ambassador Abdul Mahdi tell the US Ambassador about sanctions against Iran?

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi told US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman that Baghdad can not be dispensed with Iranian gas and electricity, while Abdul Mahdi is seriously considering meeting US President Donald Trump, the Saudi daily Okaz reported on Tuesday.

"Iraqi personalities have suggested that Abdul-Mahdi go to Washington to meet Trump to prevent a disaster in Iraq if the 45-day deadline given by Washington to Baghdad to stop the import of electricity from Iran ends," the newspaper said in a report.

She added that "Abdul-Mahdi began to think seriously to request a meeting Trump for an exception to continue to import gas and electricity from Tehran."

The newspaper said that Abdul-Mahdi spoke to the US ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas Seleman, and told him that the Iranian gas and electricity can not be found in a short time, warning that Iraq will enter into a real disaster after a deadline. Ending / 25 d

https://www.almaalomah.com/2018/11/13/363903/

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The US Treasury has punished Hezbollah leaders operating inside Iraq

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The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it has taken action against elements linked to Hezbollah and leads operations, financial and intelligence activities inside Iraq.

US media reported on November 13, 2018, that the US Treasury Department had put Shubal Mohsen Obeid al-Zaidi, Yusuf Hashim, Adnan Hussain Kawtharani and Muhammad Abdul Hadi Farhat on the global "terrorism" list on charges of smuggling oil for Iran and collecting funds For the sake of Hezbollah and the dispatch of Iraqi fighters to the Quds Force to Syria.

She pointed out that these steps came to reduce the role of Hezbollah in the exploitation of Iraq to launder money in his favor and gather intelligence and training fighters.

Reports on the role of Zaidi and his coordination with Adham Tabajeh to coordinate the protection of Hezbollah-owned companies in Iraq, as well as the party's investment of funds in Iraq.

Zaidi has been accused of sending large sums to Hezbollah from Iraq, accusing Mohammed Abdul Hadi of collecting intelligence and intelligence in Iraq and then presenting them to Iranian leaders and Hezbollah leaders.

http://www.nrttv.com/AR/News.aspx?id=6422&MapID=2

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Deputy: Abdul Mahdi will work to exclude Iraq from US sanctions against Iran

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The MP Walid Sahlani, Tuesday, Prime Minister Adel Abdul - Mahdi will exclude Iraq from sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran. 
"The Iraqi government's commitment to the sanctions will negatively affect the trade exchange between Baghdad and Tehran estimated at 16 billion dollars annually," Sahlani said in a statement to Al-Mawlama. "The current government and the parliament reject the policy of starvation of the peoples practiced by Washington against Tehran." 
He added that "Abdul-Mahdi will work to include Iraq in the package of exceptions to be put by Washington to deal with Iran," noting that "the Iraqi economy and the field of electric power rely heavily on neighboring Iran and can not abide by the sanctions imposed on it because it presents the country significant economic risks."
The newspaper "Okaz" Saudi Arabia has revealed, on Tuesday, the notification of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the US ambassador in Iraq that Baghdad can not be dispensed with Iranian gas and electricity, while noting that Abdul Mahdi seriously considering the meeting with US President Donald Trump.

https://www.almaalomah.com/2018/11/13/363945/

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran is one of the main sponsors of terrorism, spending $ 1 billion a year on support for terrorist groups and groups in the Middle East , said Natan Silas, Washington's counterterrorism coordinator 

Said Natan Sils in his speech to the Washington Institute for Middle East Affairs: "Let me give you some numbers, even though it is hard to believe, but Iran only provides for Hezbollah , about $ 700 million and the various factions and terrorist groups 100 million. Though all the funds account Which Tehran spends in this area, will total about $ 1 billion a year. "

 

 


Nathan Seals said that Washington, aimed at curbing Iran's policy, last week imposed sanctions on Tehran again. 

"We must make greater efforts to force the Iranian regime to abandon its plans and stop supporting terrorism, we know that the United States can not achieve this alone, and therefore we insist that our international partners address terrorism supported by Iran and the private sector must Play a responsible role in these efforts, I will say frankly, anyone who deals with Iran, contributes to the financing of terrorism. "

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(Reuters) - Iraq is seeking US approval for an agreement with Iran to exchange food for gas, the Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday. 

"Baghdad is seeking Washington's agreement to exchange food for gas after the imposition of US sanctions on Tehran," Reuters quoted an Iraqi source as saying. 

Officials in Washington and Baghdad announced on Thursday (November 8, 2018) that Iraq had an exception to continue to buy electricity from Iran.

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The State of Law, the leadership of Nuri al-Maliki today, stressed the need for Iraq not to be part of the US "siege" imposed on the beloved Iran.

Adnan al-Asadi said that "America can not impose its will on other countries, especially Iraq because it is indirect to Iran, and if it has a problem with Iran to deal with it," stressing "not to accept the imposition of Washington's will on Baghdad, This is clear to the Iraqis. "

"We will be free to take any action without any external dictates, .

On Sunday, President Barham Salih called on the United States to take into account the "privacy of Iraq" with regard to the sanctions against Iran. The second package of US sanctions on Iran came into effect about a week ago to target the energy sector in particular,

Washington's decision came six months after its withdrawal from the international agreement on Iran signed in 2015 and allowed America several days after the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran's oil sector to Iraq to continue to import natural gas and energy supplies from Iran for 45 days.

 
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European Justice: US sanctions against Iran may affect the stability of Iraq

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US sanctions against Iran could affect the security and stability of Iraq and Afghanistan, European Justice Commissioner Vera Yorova said today. 
"Sanctions may ultimately affect the security and stability of countries like Iraq," she said in a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. 
The United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran on November 5, and related to two vital sectors for Tehran are oil and banks, in addition to 700 personalities and entities. 
The US administration aims to reach Iranian oil exports to zero. 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that his country temporarily excluded 8 countries from the ban on dealing with Iran within the sanctions.

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Iraq has agreed with Iran to swap Iraqi food products with Iranian gas and energy supplies, two Iraqi government officials said .

They said Baghdad was currently seeking US approval to allow it to import Iranian gas used in power plants in the country and needed more time to find an alternative source.The sources are two senior government officials and two members of the Iraqi Ministerial Energy Committee .

"The 45-day US deadline to stop the import of Iranian gas is completely inadequate for Iraq to find an alternative source," the official said .

He added , " to stop importing Iranian gas after the deadline will create a real electricity crisis. "We need more time ... Americans are fully aware of how much we need Iranian gas."

Washington gave Iraq an exemption from importing Iranian gas and energy supplies and food products when US sanctions on Iran's oil sector resumed last week .

But the United States says the exemption is only 45 days .

Iraq relies heavily on Iranian gas to feed its power plants .

The second official said Iraq would submit a request to the United States to allow imports after the deadline .

He said that Iraq will provide in return for gas "food and humanitarian for Iran ... Iran accepted this proposal."


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Saudi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi received a visit to Washington and a meeting with US President Donald Trump to avoid a real disaster in Iraq after the 45-day deadline for Baghdad to stop importing gas and electricity from Iran, the newspaper Okaz reported.
The newspaper also said in its report that "Iraqi personalities suggested to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to go to Washington, to meet US President Donald Trump to prevent a disaster in Iraq if the 45-day deadline granted by Washington to Baghdad to stop the import of electricity from Iran."

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She pointed out that "Abdul-Mahdi began to think seriously to request the meeting of Trump to obtain an exception to continue to import gas and electricity from Tehran."

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The newspaper said that "Abdul-Mahdi talked a long time with the US ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas Suleiman and told him that can not find gas and electricity for Iran in a short time," warning that "Iraq will enter into a real disaster after the deadline of 45 days."

 

 

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And revealed that "Abdel-Mahdi seeks to open negotiations with the United States to obtain an exception to Iraq from the application of sanctions on Iran in terms of gas and electricity," noting that "the attempts made by the Prime Minister on this matter has reached a dead end."

In conclusion, the report said that "the only option now is to visit Washington to persuade President Trump to grant Iraq special exception."

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