26 Jun 2019

Trump Threatens ‘Obliteration’ of Iran, as Sanctions Dispute Escalates

After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani referred to the White House as “mentally handicapped” on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump warned that parts of Iran would be obliterated if Tehran carried out an attack “on anything American.” Last week Trump cancelled strikes on Iranian targets in retaliation for the downing of

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26 Jun 2019

US Tech Companies Sidestep a Trump Ban, to Keep Selling to Huawei

US tech firms including Intel and Micron are evading a US executive order barring them from selling American technology to Huawei, industry insiders claim. The US companies sidestep sanctions on Huawei by not labeling their technology as American-made. While US firms are allowed to sell American technology that is used

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25 Jun 2019

US and Iran showdown goes from terrible to worse

Tensions between the United States and Iran, which already seemed to have reached a critical point last week, escalated further on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions on the Iranian regime. In response, Iran stated that this move meant “closing (the) channel of diplomacy forever.” The sanctions,

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24 Jun 2019

US Adds AMD Joint Venture to Entity List

In the latest episode in the technological cold war between the US-China, the US Department of Commerce has added five Chinese organizations to its list of foreign entities that are considered a security risk. The list was established last month when US President Donald Trump signed an executive order enabling

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13 Jun 2019

Putin says US-Russia relations are getting ‘worse and worse’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that US-Russia relations “are going downhill, they are getting worse and worse,” adding that the current US administration has made “several dozen decisions on sanctions against Russia.” A day earlier, US President Donald Trump stated that wants his country to have “a great

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10 Jun 2019

China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban

Over the course of last week, China warned giants including Microsoft, Dell (both US), Arm (UK), SK Hynix and Samsung (both South Korea) against cooperating with recent US sanctions that forbid the sale of important US technology to China. Last month, US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over

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03 Jun 2019

China Threatens To Blacklist U.S. Firms Refusing To Supply Huawei

China continues to retaliate against recent US sanctions targeting Huawei and other Chinese firms. Last Friday, Beijing threatened to blacklist US companies that comply with those sanctions. A week before that, China had issued a draft bill ordering Chinese firms that want to buy “network products and services that affect

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27 May 2019

Trump says Iran nuclear deal possible as sanctions bite

US President Donald Trump believes that “Iran would like to make a deal” with the US and that such a deal is possible as a result of the US sanctions on Iran, he said on Monday. Trump added that the US government is not “looking for regime change” in Iran,

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27 May 2019

Huawei: Beijing Retaliates, New Cyber Law Could Block U.S. Technology From China

Last Friday, China retaliated against recent US sanctions targeting Huawei and various other Chinese tech firms by issuing a draft bill ordering Chinese firms that want to buy “network products and services that affect or may affect national security” to conduct a thorough analysis of the national security risks involved.

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22 May 2019

North Korea at UN warns of consequences over ship seizure

North Korea on Tuesday said it was watching “every move” by the US government since the latter seized a North Korean ship two weeks ago. North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations warned that “the United States should deliberate and think over the consequences its outrageous acts might have on the

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