21 Aug 2019

Pompeo announces ‘countdown’ clock as Iran weapons embargo ends in 2020

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the United Nations to extend a weapons embargo on Iran that is set to expire in 2020, which will mark five years after the adoption of the Iran Nuclear Deal that was abandoned by the US last year. Pompeo said

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20 Aug 2019

Trump Gives Huawei 90 Day Reprieve, But Customers Warned To Ditch The Brand

The US Commerce Department on Monday announced an additional 90-day reprieve that gives US organizations until November 19 to cut ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei before a ban forbidding firms from doing business with the company officially goes into effect. US President Donald Trump had threatened to block the

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19 Aug 2019

Gibraltar rejects US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar has denied a last-minute request by the US government to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month, stating that the US sanctions cited in the request do not apply in the European Union (EU). The vessel had been captured over suspicions

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05 Aug 2019

Iran Signals More Escalation With Warning on Gulf Violations

Iran on Monday claimed responsibility over security in the Persian Gulf, with its Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warning that the country will no longer overlook violations. Zarif’s remarks, coming one day after Iran stated it had seized a third oil tanker in the Persian Gulf last week, indicate that Iran

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01 Aug 2019

Iran says US sanctioning of top diplomat ‘childish’ as tensions rise

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stating that Zarif “implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader” and that the sanctions on him send “a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely

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29 Jul 2019

Britain tells Iran: release ship to ‘come out of the dark’

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Monday urged Iran to release the British oil tanker that was seized in the Strait of Hormuz over a week ago, adding that “if the Iranians want to come of the dark and be accepted as a responsible member of the intentional community they

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29 Jul 2019

Microsoft-Owned GitHub Blocks Devs in US Sanctioned Countries

GitHub is restricting the user accounts of people residing in territories subject to US government sanctions, such as the Crimea region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. The policy came to light after a developer in Crimea had his account restricted, meaning that only certain very basic features

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23 Jul 2019

Huawei Helped to Build North Korean 3G Network: Report

A new report by The Washington Post adds a new twist to the already dramatic tale describing the relations between the United States and Chinese tech giant Huawei. According to the report, Huawei may have violated US sanctions on North Korea by helping to set up and maintain the country’s

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17 Jul 2019

US Senators Target Huawei With ‘Death Sentence’ Law To Block Trump’s Backtrack

US lawmakers intend to take control over the US ban on Huawei products, which would allow them to block President Donald Trump’s recent decision to partially relax the blacklisting of the Chinese tech giant. In May of this year, Trump signed an executive order extending the federal ban on Huawei products

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15 Jul 2019

China says will freeze out US companies that sell arms to Taiwan

In the wake of a $2.2 billion arms deal between the United States and Taiwan, China has vowed to stop doing business with US companies that sell weapons to the autonomous island that Beijing still considers to be part of it’s sovereign territory. In a Monday statement, a spokesman of

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