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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 »

North Korea Hit With Toughest Sanctions in 20 Years

UN Security Council votes unanimously

(Newser) - The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades, reports the AP . Wednesday's move reflects growing anger at Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The big question, of course, is whether... 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 »

UN Tries to Threaten Syria With Sanctions

...but China, Russia veto resolution; Turkey vows to press ahead

(Newser) - Russia and China yesterday vetoed a European-backed UN Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if it didn't immediately halt its military crackdown against civilians. It would have been the first legally binding resolution adopted by the Security Council since President Bashar al-Assad's military began using tanks... 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 »

Security Council Imposes Sanctions on Gadhafi

UN will investigate war crimes prosecution

(Newser) - The UN Security Council moved as a powerful bloc today to try to halt Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on protesters, slapping sanctions on him, his five children, and 10 top associates. Council members additionally agreed to refer his regime's actions to a permanent war crimes tribunal for an... More »

Ahmadinejad Abruptly Fires Foreign Minister

Move illustrates internal tensions as nuclear talks loom

(Newser) - Iran's president abruptly fired his foreign minister today and named nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi as acting top diplomat. It's the latest sign of a rift at the top levels of the Islamic theocracy as the country faces intense pressure from the West over its nuclear program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... 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: We're Building a New Nuke Site

Construction to start in March

(Newser) - Iran will begin building a new site to enrich uranium by March, moving ahead with a plan that defies international efforts to curb its nuclear development. Last year Iran claimed it would build 10 new enrichment plants, and today's announcement said the locations for the sites have now been determined... More »

UN Slaps New Sanctions on Iran

Measures target Revolutionary Guard, but not oil

(Newser) - The UN Security Council has approved new sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear program that target the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles, and nuclear-related investments. The resolution was approved with 12 "yes" votes, two "no" votes from Brazil and Turkey, and one abstention from Lebanon. 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 »

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