02 Jul 2019

Huawei sanctions relief draws criticism from US lawmakers

US President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested that his administration is willing to ease sanctions on Chinese tech giant Huawei. The move that was praised by chip makers, but came under fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Republican Senator Marco Rubio spoke of a “catastrophic mistake” by

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28 Jun 2019

With Iran nuclear deal on the brink, US vows to choke off Iranian oil sales

Iran on Friday warned that the Vienna meeting of the remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal represents the last change to save the agreement, which was abandoned by the United States last year. Iran wants Europe to protect it from the impact of US sanctions on the country. In

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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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