Iran – United States Relations

US and allies to hold Gulf military exercise

Military Sealift Command civilian mariners aboard USS Ponce observe mine countermeasure ships USS Sentry and USS Devastator during an astern replenishment-at-sea on August 29 as the United States and more than two dozen allies gear up for the largest naval exercises ever in the Middle East. Photo: AP

Warships from around the world were assembling in the Gulf on Sunday for what the US military described as the most widely attended international naval exercise ever held in the Middle East.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 5:33pm

Halt the Mideast sabre-rattling over Iranian and Syrian arsenals

US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not on the same page politically, but when it comes to Syria's chemical weapons and Iran's nuclear programme, they are reading from the same book. Both have expressed concern about perceived threats, to the point of suggesting launching air strikes, should the need arise.

23 Aug 2012 - 1:09am

Rude response exposes two world views

'You f-king Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we're not going to deal with the Iranians?'

4 Sep 2012 - 9:43pm

StanChart held to high ransom from low moral ground

Investors carved HK$67 billion off Standard Chartered Bank yesterday, or nearly a sixth of its stock market value, despite the bank's quick denial of US regulator claims it engaged in illegal dealings with Iranian financial institutions.

SCMP, August 8

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

Iran may be nasty but is not my enemy

I have no beef with Iran or its people. It is not a threat to me or my family, to Hong Kong, or the mainland; to any country in Asia and Africa or any member state of the euro zone. Iran does not threaten world peace, despite all the propaganda coming from Washington and Tel Aviv.

4 Sep 2012 - 10:50am

StanChart charges expose absurdity of Iran sanctions

Last week Monitor suggested that the business model of banks serving clients in multiple emerging markets is under threat.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

ICAC's new chief faces the media

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China, Russia state support for Iran, Syria

In high-level talks yesterday, leaders of China and Russia jointly opposed imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran, while expressing opposition to foreign intervention in Syria.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Only diplomacy can solve Iran problem

Trying to determine what is reality and what is bluster when it comes to Iran's nuclear programme is next to impossible. Its leaders claim their intentions are peaceful, but secrecy and uranium enrichment do not preclude the possibility that the country is making a bomb.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Regime change in Iran is Israel's true target

The last time US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was obvious that the two men distrusted and despised each other. This time, their mutual dislike was better hidden, but the gulf between them was still as big, especially on the issue of Iran's alleged desire for nuclear weapons.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Obtaining degree X from prestigious institution Y in only Z years, or on scoring A on test B at age C [would not help long-term development]

Terence Tao, winner of the Crafoord Prize in mathematics

We hope that Iran will engage with us on the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear programme

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Diplomacy the best way to handle Iran

No right-thinking government can oppose efforts to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. Proliferation by rogue nations endangers regional and global peace and security. Years of dialogue and sanctions have not worked, though, so a new international strategy is needed. Making Iran's people or those of its trading partners suffer is not the answer.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing plays by international rules, but on its own terms

Multilateral sanctions were a rarity until the 1990s and it has taken time for Beijing to support the trend. China is now playing in the spirit of the new rules of the game - including penalising its oil-rich ally, Iran - but keeping it quiet.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Uncertain future in HK for Iranian shipping line

Hong Kong may have updated its sanctions against Iran, but it is not clear whether it will have the power to shut down the global sanctions-busting network that operates in the city.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

It's all just a matter of business for HK merchants

Despite the fact Hong Kong companies have played a key role in helping Iran's state-owned shipping line evade UN sanctions, the city's government has yet to say when it will enact legislation necessary to stop them.

SCMP, January 16

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am