The Belgium-based SWIFT
financial messaging service said on Monday it is suspending some
unspecified Iranian banks’ access to its messaging system in the
interest of the stability and integrity of the global financial
The United States has granted
exemptions to eight countries allowing them to temporarily
continue buying Iranian oil, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said
on Monday, as Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran's banking,
energy and shipping industries.
The United States re-imposed
and strengthened economic sanctions on Iran's oil, banking and
transportation sectors on Monday after the Trump administration
withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and vowed further
action to pressure Tehran.
Turkey has positive expectations
about the Iran sanctions-busting case in the United States
involving Turkish state-owned lender Halkbank,
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said, following talks with his
Egypt's president has signalled he
might order a review of a law restricting the work of
non-governmental organisations, which has raised an outcry from
human rights groups, saying it needed to be "balanced".