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North Korea Warns US of 'Greatest Pain' in Its History

Pyongyang issues threat as UN considers new sanctions

(Newser) - As the UN prepares to impose yet more sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang is leveling new threats against the US. If the UN goes through with the penalties, Pyongyong warned that America will pay a "due price," reports CNN . "The forthcoming measures to be taken by the... More »

In Rare Move, North Korea Snaps at China

One expert calls editorial a 'frontal assault'

(Newser) - It's not just North Korea's relationship with Malaysia that may be splintering . In a rare move Thursday, the country appeared to accuse ally China of working with North Korea's enemies to "bring down its social system," reports Reuters . An editorial published by the state-controlled KCNA—... More »

N. Korea Keeps Tensions High, Launches 5 More Projectiles

Even China is telling Pyongyang to cut it out

(Newser) - Just three days ago, North Korea defied a UN ban and fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea. Now South Korea officials say Pyongyang launched five short-range projectiles Monday into the waters off the latter's east coast, reportedly as a reaction to US-South Korea military drills each spring,... More »

N. Korea Responds to Sanctions—With Missiles

The projectiles landed in the Sea of Japan

(Newser) - Just hours after it was hit with harsh new UN sanctions on Wednesday, North Korea fired several short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan. A South Korean defense official says the exact type of projectile fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan is being investigated, adding that all of... More »

Why a N. Korea Company Renamed 93% of Its Ships

It's a bid to evade UN sanctions

(Newser) - A North Korean shipping company has renamed 13 of its 14 ships, and there's a devious reason why, according to a new UN report. Ocean Maritime Management was last year blacklisted by the UN Security Council following a 2013 discovery of two fighter jets (among other things) hidden under... More »

Sanctions Slowing N. Korea Down: UN

Nuclear arms program not halted, but delayed, say experts

(Newser) - International financial sanctions and an arms embargo on North Korea haven't stopped the Hermit Kingdom's nuclear arms program—but they have delayed it significantly, says a new UN report. The report, penned by a panel of experts for the UN Security Council, also recommends blacklisting a number of... More »

Now North Korea Threatens to Nuke US

Threat of pre-emptive strike comes ahead of UN vote on sanctions

(Newser) - North Korea is threatening to hit the US with a pre-emptive nuclear strike, reports the AP , accusing Washington of attempting to provoke war and vowing that it will "destroy the strongholds of the aggressors." If the North actually possesses the technology to carry through on its threat, that'... More »

UN Suspects North Korea Shipped Weapons to Syria

Material going through China: UN report

(Newser) - UN officials fear North Korea may be involved in arms deals with Syria and Burma. Pyongyang "continues actively to defy" UN sanctions, says an unpublished panel report viewed by Reuters that cites "illicit sales of arms and related materiel and luxury goods." According to the report, in... More »

Iran Helping Syria Skirt Sanctions

And Russia is shipping in weapons

(Newser) - Iran is quietly helping Syria evade US and European Union sanctions by selling its oil on the international market, US officials have discovered. Transit records show that one shipment last month saw more than 91000 metric tons of crude sent to Iran, the Wall Street Journal reports. An Iranian spokesman... More »

Iran Offers Inspectors ‘Full Supervision’ of Nukes

First offer from Iran in 2 years a bit fuzzy

(Newser) - International inspectors can have "full supervision" of Iran's nuclear program for five years—if UN sanctions are lifted, according to the first offer to come out of Iran in two years, reports the New York Times . The offer, presented by the head of Iran's atomic energy agency,... More »

UN Sanctions Sought on Syria

Syria's top arms supplier, Russia, still threatening veto

(Newser) - Seeking to ramp up condemnation of Syria beyond mere words , the European Union, with the support of the United States, has introduced draft resolution to the UN Security Council for a total arms embargo, requiring all sea and air cargo entering and leaving Syria to be inspected, reports the Wall ... More »

UN: Iran Skirting Nuke Sanctions

But they are at least slowing it down

(Newser) - International sanctions have managed to slow down Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but that’s about it, according to a new UN report obtained by the AP . “Iran’s circumvention of sanctions across all areas … is willful and continuing,” the report concludes. The regime has... More »

US Accuses Chinese Firms of Breaking Iran Sanctions

Gives Beijing a list of companies it's not happy with

(Newser) - The Obama administration believes that a number of Chinese businesses are violating UN sanctions and helping Iran improve its missile technology and build nuclear weapons, a senior US official tells the Washington Post . Last month, the State Department handed Beijing a “significant list’ of companies and banks it suspects... More »

Iran Skirts Sanctions With Ships Shell Game

US struggling to keep up with shipping dodges

(Newser) - As the UN prepares to vote on fresh sanctions against Iran, a New York Times investigation finds that the Islamic republic has evaded sanctions with an elaborate scheme of renaming ships and selling them to shell companies. Irisl, Iran's state-owned shipping firm, has sold off most of its fleet to... More »

Obama to Tighten Bush's Iran Sanctions

White House will apply pressure unilaterally on world trading

(Newser) - The Obama administration’s plan to sanction Iran looks a lot like that of his predecessor. Officials say that if nuclear talks with Iran fail, they will likely tighten enforcement of Bush sanctions rather than impose new ones, the Washington Post reports. Obama has even retained the top architect of... More »

Iran Offers US Meeting With Nuke Experts

Ahmadinejad says country wants to buy 'medicinal' uranium

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he’d be willing to let Iran’s nuclear scientists meet with experts from the US and other world powers in an effort to alleviate suspicions about the country’s nuclear program. Iran also intends to attempt to buy uranium from the US during international negotiations next... More »

Obama Scores on Nuclear Proliferation at UN

Manages to get Russia and China to cooperate

(Newser) - Barack Obama scored two significant victories at the UN yesterday, cajoling Dmitry Medvedev into saying he would get behind tougher nuclear sanctions against Iran, and convincing both Russia and China to support a resolution strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Publicly the administration wouldn’t acknowledge any quid-pro-quo, but several official... More »

Russia Puts Kibosh on Iranian Nuclear Sanctions

Calls Iran 'a partner that has never harmed Russia'

(Newser) - Russia wouldn’t support another round of tough UN sanctions against Iran, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday, throwing a major wrench into Barack Obama’s Middle East strategy. It’s also a sign that Obama’s plan to “reset” relations with Moscow is on the rocks. “We’... More »

N. Korean Ship Reverses Course

Suspected weapons vessel may be headed back home

(Newser) - The North Korean cargo ship being monitored by the US Navy has abruptly changed course and may be heading home, Reuters reports. The Kang Nam, believed to have been carrying arms to Burma, was being tracked under toughened UN sanctions instituted after the country's recent nuclear test. "We've no... More »

N. Korea Ship Sails Toward Sanctions Showdown

US Navy shadows ship suspected of smuggling arms to Myanmar

(Newser) - A North Korean ship the US Navy has been tailing is heading to Myanmar, and is about to become the first test of new UN sanctions against the Pyongyang regime, the New York Times reports. The US Navy suspects the Kang Nam is smuggling arms, and will search it if... More »

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