Iran / by Alistair Galloway

In Iranian domestic affairs, detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s trial ended on 10 August, although his verdict has yet to be released. The British government reopened its embassy in Tehran, marking a new era in British-Iranian relations. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published a report on Iran’s nuclear activity, finding the government to be in compliance with the nuclear deal, though there was some suspicion surrounding construction at the Parchin military site. Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani violated a United Nations (UN) travel ban when he visited Moscow; however, no actions have been taken in response. Iran shot down a drone near the Iraq border, but has not released the name of the departure country. Iran also announced its expected oil production targets once the sanctions are lifted. On 13 August, Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. The Iranian government instituted a new visa program to increase tourism, giving 28 countries visa waivers.