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North Korea Shipped Weapons to Syria, Myanmar: Report

Confidential UN report also states it made $200M off banned coal exports in 2017

(Newser) - North Korea made nearly $200 million last year by violating UN sanctions and shipping coal to multiple countries, according to an exclusive Reuters report. But that's not all. A confidential report prepared by independent UN monitors and seen by Reuters on Friday also states North Korea supplied weapons—including... More »

Report: Sanctions Taking Toll on N. Korea's Military

Fuel conservation may explain scaled-back military exercises: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Amid calls for the reunification of "all Koreans," North Korea has scaled back its annual winter military exercises—but likely not out of the goodness of Kim Jong Un's heart. US officials say international sanctions, particularly those restricting fuel imports, have taken a toll on the country.... More »

Ship Seized, Accused of Transferring Oil To North Korea

South Korea says it seized the Lighthouse Winmore in November

(Newser) - On the heels of reports Chinese ships were transferring oil to North Korean vessels in violation of UN sanctions, South Korea has announced it seized a ship suspected of doing just that last month, the BBC reports. South Korean officials say the Lighthouse Winmore picked up oil supposedly bound for... More »

US Tightens Screws on 2 of Kim's Most Trusted Aides

Treasury sanctions top officials, bans them from dealing with US citizens

(Newser) - The US Treasury Department has issued sanctions against two officials it describes as "key leaders of North Korea's unlawful weapons programs." The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any property or interests in property within US jurisdiction and prohibit them from... More »

New UN Sanctions Will Force All North Koreans Home

Any citizens working overseas have to return to country within 24 months

(Newser) - The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the US mainland. The AP reports the resolution adopted by the council includes sharply lower limits on... More »

Businessman's US Testimony Stuns Turkey

Trader alleges ministers helped dodge Iran sanctions

(Newser) - Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab was supposed to go on trial this week for conspiring to dodge American sanctions on Iran—but in a turn of events that has made the legal drama grip his homeland, it emerged that he has already pleaded guilty and is now the star witness for... More »

Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Deal on Friday

But he also will give Tehran a chance to 'fix' things

(Newser) - President Trump said last month he'd made up his mind about the Iran nuclear deal, and he is expected to reveal that decision on Friday. Officials tell USA Today Trump is set to announce that he will decertify what he's called "the worst deal ever," though... More »

How North Korea Sells Illegal Arms, Despite Sanctions

Capture of weapons cache in Egypt highlights how Pyongyang flouts UN

(Newser) - A major delivery of North Korean arms to Egypt last year was dashed only after American spies got wind of the illegal cache and, alerting officials in Cairo, essentially forced the US ally to seize the rickety ship. The dashed deal reveals the difficulty of stopping the illegal arms trade... More »

Trump Shows North Korea His Bite

Signs an executive order that widens sanctions

(Newser) - North Korea may have called President Trump a barking dog , but now it's seeing his bite. Trump on Thursday made a move to tighten the "economic noose" around the country, as the AP puts it, by ramping up sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom. The BBC reports he signed... More »

Despite Sanctions, S. Korea Lends Helping Hand to North

Via $8M in humanitarian aid, which some critics aren't happy about

(Newser) - Despite the UN approving new sanctions against North Korea this month, South Korea is offering its neighbor a helping hand. For the first time in nearly two years, the South Korean government says it plans to deliver $8 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups in the North by way... More »

US Hits Venezuela With Sanctions

But US imports of Venezuelan oil are allowed to continue

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA, per the AP . The sanctions Trump signed by executive order are bound to dramatically escalate tensions between Venezuela and the US and exacerbate the... More »

US Hits North Korea on Coal, Oil, and ... Statues

New sanctions penalize Chinese and Russian firms for dealing with Pyongyang

(Newser) - The Treasury Department applied new sanctions Tuesday intended to squeeze North Korea even tighter. The sanctions were mostly against Chinese and Russian companies and individuals that the US accuses of conducting illegal business with Pyongyang and thus helping its nuclear weapons program, reports the Washington Post . The big hits were... More »

Trump OKs Russian Sanctions, Calls Some 'Unconstitutional'

Congress passed them as retaliation for meddling in the 2016 election

(Newser) - As expected, President Trump signed new Russian sanctions into law on Wednesday—"quietly," reports the Hill . And, it turns out, with loud reservations. Both the House and Senate passed the sanctions by overwhelming, veto-proof margins—517 in favor, just 5 against across both houses—as retaliation for Russian... More »

Putin: US Must Cut 755 From Embassy After Sanctions

Foreign minister warned of retaliation early Sunday

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US embassy in Moscow will have to cut staff by 755 under new Russian sanctions, reports the AP . The move comes swiftly after the sanctions were overwhelmingly approved by Congress and the White House announced that President Trump intends to sign the legislation. The... More »

White House: Trump Supports Sweeping Russia Sanctions

Press secretary indicates he will sign the measure

(Newser) - The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow, the AP reports. The House was scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the... More »

Dems, GOP Agree on Bill That Weakens Trump on Sanctions

Legislation subjects president to congressional review on sanctions

(Newser) - It turns out Democrats and Republicans can work together to get legislation done. Reuters reports representatives on both sides of the aisle have agreed on legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation also makes it harder for President Trump to single-handedly relax or... More »

Exxon Fined $2M for Sanctions Breach Under Tillerson

Company says it did nothing wrong

(Newser) - Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing "reckless disregard" for US sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon sued the US government to stop the fine. The Treasury said that Exxon... More »

Sudan Retaliates Against the US

It freezes negotiations with US after White House postpones sanctions move

(Newser) - Sudan on Wednesday announced it was freezing negotiations with the United States in retaliation for the Trump administration's move to postpone permanently lifting US sanctions on the African country. Earlier, Washington said it wanted more time to determine whether the government of President Omar al-Bashir had made enough progress... More »

US May Retaliate Alone Against North Korea

Feds reportedly lining up sanctions against Chinese banks and businesses

(Newser) - China appears to be tired of the US and other nations blaming Beijing for not reining in North Korea. "The 'China responsibility theory' on the peninsula nuclear issue can stop," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, per Reuters . He didn't name names, but he said that... More »

New Sanctions on Syria Among Biggest Ever by US

White House announces 271 penalties, cites chemical weapons attack

(Newser) - The White House accuses Syrian leaders of gassing their own civilians , and it's looking to punish anyone in the nation connected to the weapons. On Monday, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against 271 employees of a Syrian agency believed to have developed and produced chemical weapons, reports USA Today ... More »

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