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Iran unveils budget of 'resistance' against U.S. sanctions

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'Despite sanctions, we will manage the country, especially in terms of oil,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

ROUHANI. In this file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

EU extends sanctions against Venezuela for a year

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:51 PM

An embargo on arms and equipment that could be used for political repression is extended to November 14 next year, along with asset freezes and travel bans on 25 senior members of the Maduro regime blamed for rights abuses

VENEZUELA SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. sanctions threaten Iranians' right to health, says Human Rights Watch

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Officially, the US sanctions make exceptions for food, medicine and other humanitarian goods, but most companies are unwilling to do any trade with Iran for fear of repercussions in the world's largest economy

(FILES) A file photo taken on September 11, 2018, shows an Iranian woman shopping at a pharmacy at the Nikan hospital in the Iranian capital Tehran. Washington's sanctions against Tehran have drastically constrained its ability to pay for humanitarian imports and are threatening the health rights of Iranians, Human Rights Watch said on october 29, 2019. STRINGER / afp

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces the move, saying the United States 'cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China'

SANCTION.  File photo of US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

U.S. ramps up Iran pressure as European summit bid flounders

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:45 PM

On US President Donald Trump's last scheduled day at the annual UN summit of world leaders, his administration says it is imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that have purchased Iranian oil

NEW SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump orders government to 'substantially increase' Iran sanctions

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The United States already enforces widespread sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, including attempting to shut down its major oil export industry

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

U.S. penalizes shipping firms said to help N.Korea circumvent U.N. sanctions

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The US Treasury says the companies are helping North Korea with 'illicit ship-to-ship transfers to circumvent United Nations sanctions that restrict the import of petroleum products'

PENALTIES. The US Treasury Department building is seen in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Iran says sanctions show U.S. 'afraid' of top diplomat

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The US Treasury says the sanctions will freeze any of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s assets in the United States or controlled by US entities, as well as squeeze his ability to function as a globe-trotting diplomat

US SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari talks with Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump warns Iran sanctions will 'soon be increased substantially'

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:43 PM

'Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!' says President Donald Trump

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) A senior foreign ministry official describes the UK move as 'unacceptable' in a meeting with the British ambassador, who has been summoned to hear a formal protest

A British Royal Navy ship (L) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

U.S. hails as 'excellent news' detention of tanker loaded with Iranian crude

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton tweets: 'Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace 1 laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions'

A British Royal Navy ship (back R) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

U.S. hits Iran's supreme leader Khamenei with sanctions

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran,' Donald Trump says as he signs the order in the Oval Office. 'Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.'

IRAN SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order for sanctions on Iran's supreme leader in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump vows new Iran sanctions, Tehran warns U.S. against attack

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday, (June 24). I look forward to the day that sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again,' tweets US President Donald Trump

WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAN DEAL. US President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington DC, on May 8, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver – source

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Iranian energy imports are vital to Iraq, one of the world's hottest countries, which faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day

IRAQ ELECTRICITY. Iraq faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iran warns over 'economic war' waged through U.S. sanctions

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'The only way to decrease tensions in the region is to stop the economic war,' says Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his German counterpart Heiko Maas give a joint press conference in the capital Tehran on June 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran says new US sanctions show talks offer 'hollow'

Jun 08, 2019 - 4:07 PM

US President Donald Trump says he would be willing to reopen talks as long as Iran agrees to give up nuclear weapons

IRAN-US RELATIONS. Photo of Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. oil sanctions take effect on Venezuela as crisis intensifies

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The United States will take action against anyone who deals with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA

View of the monument in homage to the struggles of the Venezuelan people for the conquest of their oil heritage, in front of the headquarters of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas, on January 29, 2019. - The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela's state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro's power base. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)

Russia calls U.S. tightening of Iran oil sanctions 'aggressive and reckless'

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:53 PM

A Russian foreign ministry statement says: 'The rest of the world perfectly understands that Washington's policy is becoming more and more aggressive and reckless'

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 16, 2004 shows a general view of Iran's Lavan oil refinery quay in the Islamic republic's Lavan island. The United States said on April 22, 2019 it would start imposing sanctions on friends such as India that buy Iranian oil, in its latest aggressive step to counter Tehran that could jeopardize US relationships. The announcement sent global crude prices spiraling higher, although President Donald Trump tweeted that Saudi Arabia and other US allies would "more than make up" for decreases in Iranian oil. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP

Russia slams 'hypocrisy' of new Western sanctions

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Russia also accuses United States and Canada of 'Russophobia'

HYPOCRITE? The United States, Canada, and the European Union slammed Russia with new sanctions, which the Russian government calls a 'hypocrisy.' AFP file photo

Huawei pleads not guilty to Iran sanctions violations – report

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The company also pleads not guilty to other charges including bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the US


Iran's Rouhani: U.S. sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

IRAN'S PRESIDENT. A file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 8, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

U.S., China meet to explore path forward from tensions

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Donald Trump is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. prepares more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve gas attack

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Three months after the Untied States declared Russia violated a US law that seeks the elimination of chemical and biological weapons, the State Department tells Congress in a legally-mandated follow-up Moscow had not come into compliance

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. File photo by Tony Melville/AFP

U.N. court tells U.S. to ease Iran sanctions in blow for Trump

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague hands Iran a major victory, saying that the stinging economic sanctions put Iranian lives at risk

North Korea says 'no way' it will disarm without trust in U.S.

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:18 AM

'The recent deadlock is because the US relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,' North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho tells the UN General Assembly

NORTH KOREA IN UN. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2018, at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Washington has placed financial sanctions on a department in the Chinese Defense Ministry, and its top administrator, for its recent purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems

International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,' the tribunal says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

U.S. sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Four Myanmar military and border guard commanders are accused by the US of leading violent campaigns against the Muslim Rohingya

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations said September 5, as fears grow of a humanitarian crisis in the overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600 had crossed the border in the past 11 days from Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state. / AFP PHOTO / K M Asad

Trump endorses call for boycott of Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The US President is mad that the Wisconsin-based manufacturer – once a presidential favorite – announced it is moving some production out of the US

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: A Harley-Davidson logo adorns a bike outside of the Harley-Davidson of New York City showroom store, June 25, 2018 in the Queens borough of New York City. The American motorcycle company announced on Monday that it will shift production of some of its bikes overseas in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs by the European Union in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the EU. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP  Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

Trump warns world against business with Iran as sanctions return

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level,' Trump writes in an early morning tweet

WARNINGS. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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UN moves to unblock humanitarian aid to North Korea

Aug 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

North Korea's humanitarian crisis has left about 10 million people – nearly half of the population – undernourished, according to UN officials, who have reported a drop in food production in 2017

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Germany's foreign ministry also remove a warning on its website about its nationals facing a high risk of arrest when visiting Turkey

RELATIONS. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

U.S. Senate Republicans drop bid to block Trump's ZTE deal

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Senators who pushed hard for tougher sanctions criticize Senate Republicans for agreeing to keep the watered-down version

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3 dead in Nicaragua clashes as U.S. slaps sanctions on gov't

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:46 PM

More than 220 people have been killed in the ongoing unrest since mid-April

FRESH CLASHES. A man fires a homemade mortar during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, on July 4, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Iran urges foreign firms to resist U.S. sanction 'threats'

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Sanctions on the automobile sector are set to be reinstated on August 6, following Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal

RESIST SANCTIONS. Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari gives a press conference in Tehran on June 30, 2018 on US sanctions to Iran. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

ZTE petitions U.S. government to lift sanctions

May 07, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The telecom equipment and handset maker in a filing on Sunday, May 6, says it has submitted a request to the US commerce department for a stay of the export ban, along with supplemental information

Sanctions force Russia to cut defense spending – study

May 02, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Russia's military expense last year came in at $66.3 billion, 20% lower than in 2016, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says

DEFENSE SPENDING. Russian military cadets march on Dvortsovaya Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg on April 24, 2018. File photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

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Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue investigates an unnamed individual who tried to claim the P52-million worth of Maute loot

TERROR MONEY. The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) puts focus on investigating terrorism financing as they probe assets of the Maute terror group.

Russia promises 'tough response' to U.S. sanctions

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Russia responds to the new US sanctions against their most influential oligarchs

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

U.S. imposes sanctions on Putin's oligarch allies

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:49 AM

The United States' move is dubbed by some as the new Cold War

US SANCTIONS RUSSIA. The US imposes sanctions on 7 of Russia's most influential oligarchs. File photo shows US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference with President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania in the East Room of the White House on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP Photo

North Korea denies sanctions prompted diplomatic thaw

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:19 PM

A KCNA commentary says Pyongyang's overtures come from a position of strength, not from weakness, even as it confronts intense international pressure as well as biting economic sanctions over its nuclear weapons program

PANMUNJOM. A North Korean soldier (L) looks at the south side as a South Korean soldier (R) stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on July 19, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP