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  • Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani

    08/17/2017 8:47:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 15, 2017 / 3:18 AM | (Dubai Newsroom/Michelle Nichols)
    Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. “If America wants to go back to the experience (of imposing sanctions), Iran would certainly return in a short time — not a week or a month, but within hours — to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,” Rouhani told a session of parliament broadcast live on state television. Iran says new U.S. sanctions breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European...
  • Sanction China For Its Support Of Taliban Terrorists

    08/15/2017 5:42:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | Anders Corr
    China started secret negotiations with Taliban terrorists at least as early as late 2014, and last week diplomatically supported the Taliban, along with allies Pakistan, Iran and Russia. China’s dialogue rewards Taliban violence, increases Taliban influence and sidelines the elected government of Afghanistan. China and its allies should follow the global norm: no negotiation with terrorists. Failing that, the U.S. and Europe should sanction Chinese companies involved in Afghanistan. China’s history with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan stretches back to the 1980s, when it provided weapons to anti-Soviet mujahideen. During Taliban rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, China promised to...
  • LIVE: UNSC Vote on North Korea Sanctions (live stream)

    08/05/2017 12:05:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    UN ^ | LIVE
    The UN Security Council is voting on new sanctions against North Korea.
  • United Nations Security Council voted to adopt sanctions against North Korea

    08/05/2017 5:13:04 PM PDT · by be-baw · 10 replies ^ | August 5, 2017 | Julia Boccagno
    The United National Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously to approve sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the country's adamant display of nuclear arsenal. Spearheaded by the US, the resolution bans minerals, including coal, iron, iron ore, lead, and lead ore, and seafood exports worth more than one billion dollars. The measure serves as the seventh set of UN sanctions implemented against the regime since it carried out its first nuclear test in 2006. U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley lauded the council's undisputed unity regarding the sanctions. "Today the full Security Council has come together to...
  • U.S. may soon expand U.N. talks on North Korea sanctions, signaling China deal: diplomats

    08/03/2017 8:54:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/3/17 | Michelle Nichols
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States could shortly broaden talks on a push for stronger United Nations sanctions on North Korea to include all 15 Security Council members, signaling a likely deal with China on new measures, diplomats said on Thursday. Since North Korea's July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the United States has been negotiating with Pyongyang ally China on a draft resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea, which fired a second ICBM last Friday. "We have been working very hard for some time and we certainly hope that this is going to...
  • Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Signing of H.R. 3364

    08/03/2017 6:11:33 AM PDT · by be-baw · 16 replies ^ | August 2, 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Signing of H.R. 3364 Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act." While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed. In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions. For instance, although I share the policy views of sections 253 and 257, those provisions purport to displace the President's exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments, including their territorial bounds, in conflict...
  • President Trump signs Russia sanctions bill

    08/02/2017 8:48:18 AM PDT · by Jane Long · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2017 | Fox News
    President Trump on Wednesday signed a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, after the legislation overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate. The stiff financial sanctions were championed by lawmakers in both parties, and Trump's signature could escalate tensions with Moscow -- which already has ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia. The bill itself targets Iran and North Korea as well as Russia. But a cornerstone of the legislation was a provision barring Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees. The provisions were included to assuage concerns among lawmakers that the...
  • News-For-Hire Scandal Deepens: ‘Fusion GPS’ Sleazy Venezuela Links Shed New Light on Trump Dossier

    07/30/2017 12:45:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | 27 July 2017 | Lee Smith
    The Fusion GPS news-for-hire scandal has not only led to the public identification of the source of the “Trump Dossier”—a for-profit company that provides opposition research to whoever could write big checks, which is staffed by four former Wall Street Journal reporters led by Glenn Simpson. The scandal has also lifted the lid off a sewer of corporate information warfare and opposition research that the flailing institutions of the mainstream press now regularly re-package as news, without ever saying where it came from—or who paid for it. While the idea that the products of paid opposition research are being main-lined...
  • Trump hits Venezuelan president with round of sanctions

    07/31/2017 2:12:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 31, 2017
    The Trump administration announced the U.S. will impose financial sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The move comes after Venezuela held a weekend election that will give Maduro's ruling party virtually unlimited power in the South American country. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the sanctions against Maduro in a brief statement on Monday. As a result of the sanctions, the statement read, "all assets of Maduro are now subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and all U.S. persons are prohibited from dealing with him." "Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the...
  • Russia Sanctions Humiliate Hillary

    07/31/2017 1:53:18 PM PDT · by kathsua · 6 replies
    Janitor's view ^ | 07/31/17 | Reasonmclucus
    I've been trying to find a logical reason for the Congressional vote for the extreme action of imposing sanctions on Russia. Sanction supporters talk about what they call "fake news",but the term is just another word for propaganda which governments produce all the time. We didn't impose sanctions on the British government for its "fake news" stories about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Russian spying on candidates cannot justify sanctions because spying on political figures is a common government activity. Besides the CIA had already infiltrated the Russian hackers who were the alleged spies. The only significant difference in...
  • Germany urges EU countermeasures against U.S. over Russia sanctions

    07/31/2017 7:54:27 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2017 | Stefanie Loos
    BERLIN (Reuters) - New sanctions against Russia proposed by U.S. lawmakers and which could harm European firms violate international law and the European Commission should consider counter-measures, the German economy minister was quoted on Monday as saying. "We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple," Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. "Of course we don't want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures." The German government and business leaders have said the new sanctions passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives could prevent German companies from...
  • Germany calls for countermeasures against ‘illegal’ US sanctions on Russia

    07/31/2017 6:38:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 31 July 2017 12:03 CEST+02:0 | DPA/The Local
    The German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries on Monday slammed the latest round of US sanctions against Russia as being “against international law.” The planned new US sanctions are set to hit German and European companies which have business interests in Russia. “We see that as being against international law, plain and simple,” Zypries, of the Social Democrats (SPD), told the Funke Mediengruppe. “The Americans can’t punish German companies because they have business interests in another country.” The Economy Minister said that she did not want this to be the start of a trade war with the US, but emphasized that...
  • US Bill On Anti-Russian Sanctions Contravenes International Law (Sanctions Backfire Alert)

    07/30/2017 7:21:34 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    TASS ^ | 07/31/2017 | TASS
    The new US bill on anti-Russian sanctions will affect European countries cooperating with Russia in the energy sector, and, therefore, these restrictive measures can ultimately run counter to international law, German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, said in an interview with the newspapers, which are part of Germany’s Funke media group, published on Monday. "We believe this is a violation of international law," the minister said referring to the fact that the fresh sanctions may restrict companies’ activities in the EU. "America cannot fine German companies for doing business in another country," she said. "According to Zypries,...
  • Trump’s 'America First' vs. McCain’s 'America Last'

    07/30/2017 5:24:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 28, 2017 | David P. Goldman
    Not the supposed protectionist Donald Trump, but the “free trade” wing of the Republican Party has taken the United States into a trade war that it can only lose. New sanctions against Russia passed by the House and Senate last week force Europe into a de facto alliance with Russia against the United States, and by extension with China as well. It is the dumbest and most self-destructive act of economic self-harm since the United States de-linked the dollar from gold on August 15, 1971, and it will have devastating consequences. The charade in the House and Senate may embarrass...
  • Amazon under federal investigation over Iran-linked sales, including to person on terrorism list

    07/29/2017 8:49:33 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    Under federal investigation for possibly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, Amazon has admitted to selling consumer goods to at least one person on the government’s black list of people and entities associated with terrorism. In its quarterly financial report filed July 28, the Seattle e-commerce giant revealed that it had sold about $300 worth of consumer goods to someone designated under Executive Order 13224, which covers people and entities believed to be terrorists or supporters of terrorism. A February regulatory filing from Amazon noted another sale or group of sales to a person covered under that counter-terrorism order, amounting to...
  • Trump to sign Russia sanctions, Moscow retaliates

    07/29/2017 2:11:45 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies ^ | July 29, 2017 | Eric Beech and Andrew Osborn
    U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill. The U.S. Senate had voted almost unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia, forcing Trump to choose between a tough position on Moscow and effectively dashing his stated hopes for warmer ties with the country or to veto the bill amid investigations in possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. By signing the bill...
  • House hits Russia with new sanctions, curbs Trump’s authority to ease penalties

    07/25/2017 2:36:49 PM PDT · by TBP · 58 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 25, 2017
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite President Donald Trump’s objections to the legislation. As voting continued, House members backed the measure by a margin of 388-2, with strong support from Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats. It must pass the Senate before it can be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto. Senate leaders have not said when they might consider the House bill. The White House said the president had not yet decided whether he would sign the...
  • U.S. Envoy Says 'Astonishing' Number Of Cease-Fire Violations In Ukraine 'Hot War'

    07/25/2017 1:19:14 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | July 24, 2017 | Christopher Miller
    The new U.S. special envoy for Ukraine peace negotiations said he was stunned by the number of cease-fire violations in the ex-Soviet nation’s war-torn east after making his first visit to the region. Kurt Volker, who was recently appointed as Washington's point man for talks on ending the war between Kyiv's forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, made the comment in a July 23 interview after spending the day at the front lines of the conflict. "The level of cease-fire violations on daily basis is astonishing," Volker told RFE/RL by telephone from a train bound for Kyiv, where he...
  • Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Setting Up Tough Choice for Trump

    07/23/2017 3:14:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/23/2017 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and DAVID E. SANGER
    <p>WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, they said Saturday, defying the White House’s argument that President Trump needs flexibility to adjust the sanctions to fit his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow.</p>
  • White House Signals Acceptance of Russia Sanctions Bill (NY Slimes Alert!!!)

    07/23/2017 9:07:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | July 23, 2017 | Peter Baker
    WASHINGTON — The White House indicated on Sunday that President Trump would sign new legislation imposing sanctions on Russia and curtailing his authority to lift them on his own, a striking turnaround after a broad revolt in Congress by lawmakers of both parties who distrusted his friendly approach to Moscow and sought to tie his hands.Congressional leaders reached agreement on Saturday on legislation intended to punish Russia for its interference in last year’s presidential election and its aggression toward its neighbors, despite objections raised by the administration that it would inappropriately infringe on the president’s ability to direct foreign policy....