25 Apr 2019

Iran’s Zarif believes Trump does not want war, but could be lured into conflict

In a Wednesday interview with Reuters, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated he does not think US President Donald Trump wants war with Iran, but added that this “doesn’t exclude him being basically lured into one.” He said that people like national security adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime

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23 Apr 2019

Iran says ready for U.S. waivers end, as Guards threaten to shut Hormuz

Iran on Monday said that it is prepared for the effects of US President Trump’s recent decision to stop issuing waivers for the largest importers of Iranian oil. Due to the US move, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India will be in violation of US sanctions if they continue

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15 Apr 2019

North Korea’s Kim willing to meet Trump a third time but gives U.S. an end-of-year deadline

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has indicated that he is open to a third summit with US President Donald Trump, but only if the US makes a “bold decision” before the end of the year. Kim also added that “it will definitely be difficult to get such a good opportunity

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12 Apr 2019

Trump says sanctions on North Korea to stay in place

During a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that his administration does not want to lift sanctions on North Korea at this time, adding that the sanctions are currently at “a fair level.” The comment came hours after North Korean leader Kim

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11 Apr 2019

North Korea must deliver ‘blow’ to those imposing sanctions

On Thursday, hours before the scheduled meeting of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump in Washington, North Korean leader Kim Jung-un gave a speech in which he emphasized the importance of self-reliance for his country. Kim stressed that he would continue his efforts to build a

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05 Apr 2019

Senate Bill Promises Retaliation If Russia Again Meddles in Elections

Senators from both sides of the aisle on Wednesday introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Readiness Act (DETER) that intends to deter foreign election meddling by threatening countries with retaliatory actions. The bill also specifies sanctions that could be used against Russia in particular, since the Kremlin influenced

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29 Mar 2019

UN Security Council binding resolution makes terror financing a serious crime

In a move that intends to make it more difficult for terrorist organizations like Islamic State to secure funding for their operations, the United Nations (UN) Security Council has made terrorism financing a major crime across the globe by unanimously adopting a binding resolution on the issue. Under the resolutions,

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25 Mar 2019

Iran to cement ties with Lebanon, Hezbollah despite U.S. pressure

In defiance of US efforts to isolate the Iranian regime, a spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday stated that Iran aims to strengthen its ties with Lebanon. During a visit to Lebanon on Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had urged the country to “[b]ravely move forward

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22 Mar 2019

North Korea withdraws from DMZ joint liaison office after new US sanctions

For the first time since the breakdown of last month’s US-North Korea summit, the US government has imposed new sanctions affecting the government in Pyongyang. The direct targets of the sanctions were two Chinese companies that conduct business with the North Korean regime. In what many analysts consider a direct

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18 Mar 2019

Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against U.S. for sanctions

On Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated in a speech that his government is filing a lawsuit in Iranian courts against American officials who orchestrated the US sanctions that were reimposed on the country after the US pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Rouhani said that the legal

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