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  • The White House is hinting it could ramp up sanctions against North Korea

    05/24/2018 4:23:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Vox ^ | May 24, 2018 | Zeeshan Aleem
    A senior White House official says that the US is “still short” of applying maximum pressure to Pyongyang. Hours after President Trump canceled his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump’s administration hinted that it might ratchet up sanctions against his country. A senior White House official told reporters on Thursday that the administration’s goal is to “achieve maximum pressure” on Kim’s government using sanctions, and that “we’re still short of that.” “It’s like painting the Golden Gate bridge,” the senior administration official said. “It starts peeling as soon as you finish, and so you have to keep...
  • Iranian commander threatens Pompeo

    05/22/2018 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/18 | Elad Benari
    A senior Iranian military commander on Tuesday threatened that Iranians would punch U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth, a day after the top American diplomat announced that Washington would impose unprecedented sanctions against the Islamic Republic. “The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American Secretary of State and anyone who backs them,” Ismail Kowsari, the deputy commander of the Sarollah Revolutionary Guards base in Tehran said, as quoted by Reuters. Limiting Iran’s missile capabilities was one of Pompeo’s main demands...
  • Multinationals abandon Iran despite EU efforts to rescue nuclear deal

    05/21/2018 7:08:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 18/5/2018 | Ahmed Y. Hamza
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The European Commission has launched a process to protect the interests of EU companies investing in Iran as part of its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal. However, a number of firms are already pulling out to protect their far larger US investments from sanctions. ...snip However, multinational companies have not waited for EU leaders to find a way around US sanctions. Some have already begun cutting trade with Iran. On May 16, French oil company Total announced its intension to end its project in Iran unless it is exempted from sanctions after the US pulled...
  • How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect Themselves

    05/20/2018 8:17:25 PM PDT · by ColtMeadows · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 20, 2018 | Thomas J. Farnan
    On December 29, 2016, the Obama Administration – with three weeks remaining in its term – issued harsh sanctions against Russia over supposed election interference. Two compounds in the United States were closed and 35 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the country. Russia responded by calling the actions “Cold War déjà vu.” In the two years that have elapsed since, it has been learned that the “intelligence” that formed the basis for the sanctions was beyond dubious. A single unverified “dossier” compiled by an ex-British spy with no discernable connections to Russia was shopped to FISA judges and the...
  • Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse

    05/20/2018 1:37:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    The Baghdad Post ^ | May 19 2018 | Simon Constable
    Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse Simon Constable The matter at hand is the decision earlier this month by the Trump administration not to certify the so-called nuclear deal, and that means Iran will soon be subject to harsh U.S. sanctions. Overall the result will be a squeezed economy. Current situation Even the latest official statistics for the Iranian economy don't look good. The unemployment rate stands at 11.9% and the inflation rate at 8.3%, according to However, at least some of the government figures may be more aspirational than actual. Take, for instance, the inflation rate....
  • Denmark's Maersk Tankers ends Iran shipping after renewed US sanctions

    05/17/2018 9:43:01 AM PDT · by Salman · 10 replies
    The Local (Denmark) ^ | 17 May 2018 | AFP/The Local
    Danish shipping group Maersk Tankers on Thursday said it would cease its activities in Iran due to the US decision to leave a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran. Maersk Tankers would honour customer agreements entered into before May 8th, but then wind them down by November 4th, "as required by the reimposed US sanctions," the company told AFP. The group said it "has been transporting cargoes for customers in and out of Iran on a limited basis," without providing precise figures for its activities.
  • Iran in Panic Mode, Scrambles to Save Nuclear Deal

    05/15/2018 3:31:16 PM PDT · by detective · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 15, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    The Iranian ruling regime is racing to save the landmark nuclear deal after President Donald Trump bucked European powers and walked away from the agreement with a vow to reimpose a package of harsh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to U.S. officials and regional experts who say the hardline regime is scared about losing the sweetheart deal. Leading Iranian officials have been locked in tense meetings with European countries and former U.S. officials to ensure they continue to uphold the deal and keep doing business with the Islamic Republic.
  • Boeing Trade-Case Win Prompts New Trump Threat of EU Sanctions

    05/15/2018 12:15:20 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 65 replies
    Bloomberg Link | 05/15/2018 | Julie Johnsson , Benjamin D Katz , and Bryce Baschuk
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  • Bolton: Sanctions possible on European companies that trade with Iran

    05/13/2018 4:06:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/18
    ...John Bolton said on Sunday that Washington might impose sanctions on European companies trading with Iran. Interviewed by CNN, Bolton said it depends on the behavior of other governments. He said he thought the Europeans would understand that it is in their interest to get along with the US.
  • Maximum Pressure Trumps Strategic Patience in North Korea

    05/10/2018 2:48:47 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 4 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 05-10-18 | Herald Staff
    esterday at 8:30 a.m. President Trump tweeted, “I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un.” The three American prisoners are now free men and the United States and North Korea move yet closer to making real progress down the road to denuclearization of Kim Jong Un’s enigmatic country.
  • Foreign firms doing business in Iran may face sanctions, U.S. warns

    05/09/2018 7:25:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | May 9, 2018 | by Saphora Smith
    LONDON - President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal has left foreign firms with a choice: Stop doing business in Iran or run the risk of U.S. sanctions. Multinational companies have billions of dollars tied up in Iran. In 2016, the European Union exported more than $9.7 billion worth of goods to Iran, while importing almost $6.5 billion from there, according to the European Commission. But Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, warned firms that continuing to do business there would have consequences. “U.S. sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy. German companies...
  • “Defective At Its Core”: Trump Scraps The Iran Deal

    05/08/2018 12:02:29 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 25 replies ^ | 05-08-2018 | Josh
    Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, calling it “defective at its core”. He has also allegedly vowed to initiate new sanctions, CNN reported, citing an unnamed U.S. official. “I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said. "It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and cotton structure of the current agreement," he said. "The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing we know exactly what will happen." "The so-called Iran deal...
  • Trump Iran Announcment [Live Thread}

    05/08/2018 10:58:31 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 234 replies
    4 Chan ^ | 5/8/2018 | Trump
  • Trump is expected to announce he will allow sanctions to go forward on Iran

    05/08/2018 9:22:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cnn ^ | 05/08/2018
    President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday he will allow sanctions to go forward on Iran, a first step toward withdrawing from the touchstone nuclear agreement negotiated by his predecessor, according to a US official and a person familiar with the plan. However, the sanctions could take months to go into effect as the US government develops guidance for companies and banks. The officials cautioned nothing is final until Trump makes his announcement from the Diplomatic Room of the White House at 2 p.m. ET, and held out the possibility that he could change course. Long a harsh...
  • Iranian Officials Speak Out Against Too-High Oil Prices

    05/07/2018 10:18:13 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies ^ | 05-07-2018 | Irina
    Two senior Iranian government officials have said oil prices shouldn’t be too high, with the comments indicating the divide between Riyadh and Tehran on oil pries is deepening. First, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said over the weekend that Iran was all for a “reasonable” oil price, suggesting the current price level is unreasonable and the result of “manufactured tensions.” A reasonable oil price, on the other hand, would be positive for producers, encouraging them to continue pumping while at the same time reducing the risk of excessive market volatility, state news agency Shana reported. Then, Zanganeh’s deputy for international and...
  • Haley Fires Back At White House: 'I Don't Get Confused'

    04/18/2018 11:37:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/17/18 | Jordan Fabian and Brett Samuels
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hit back at the White House on Tuesday, denying a top adviser’s claim that she was confused when she said the administration would impose new sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley told Fox News’s Dana Perino in a statement that was read on-air. Haley’s pointed statement came hours after top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she announced Sunday that the administration would roll out the sanctions the next day. “There might have been some momentary confusion...
  • Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

    04/16/2018 1:50:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 16, 2018 | Philip Rucker, Carol D. Leonnig, Anton Troianovski and Greg Jaffe
    President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.” Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley had said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury...
  • 3% of Russians Agree With Kremlin That There Are 'No Oligarchs in Russia'

    04/12/2018 7:05:22 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | April 12 2018 | Sergei Savostyanov / TASS
    The Kremlin’s claim that there are no oligarchs in Russia has resonated with only 3 percent of the population, according to a state-run poll that also named Roman Abramovich the most famous Russian oligarch. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov took offense at the term “oligarchs” last week ahead of a new wave of U.S. sanctions against Russian tycoons that sent the ruble and Russian markets into a two-day tailspin this week.
  • Russian Ruble Experienced Biggest One Day Fall Since 2016

    04/11/2018 4:50:41 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr 2018 | Reuters
    Russia's ruble experienced its biggest one-day fall for over two years on Monday and stocks in major Russian companies also slid, as investors reacted to a new round of U.S. sanctions targeting some of Russia's biggest tycoons. The impact of the new sanctions could threaten Russia's fragile economic recovery, which was only just beginning to take hold after the first major wave of sanctions against Russia, introduced in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Shares of Russian Companies Tumble Following U.S. Sanctions Russia's currency plunged to its lowest level since November last year, trading at 60.24 to the...
  • Moscow has No Symmetrical Answers to US Sanctions Other Than Military Aggression

    04/10/2018 5:16:48 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 22 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | April 10, 2018 | Petrov, Makarin
    Three Moscow analysts say that the Kremlin has no clear symmetrical answers to the imposition of new US sanctions that do not do as much harm to Russia as to the United States. A Chinese analyst argues that precisely because Vladimir Putin doesn’t have any symmetrical responses at hand, the Kremlin leader is likely to engage in aggressive actions somewhere in order to demonstrate that he has not been put into a corner by the West and deprived of his freedom of action. Makarkin says “Russia today does not have the economic levels for influencing other countries which the US...