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US Makes Good on Promise Against Iran

Sanctions go back into effect at 12:01am Tuesday

(Newser) - The deadline is nearly here: At 12:01am Tuesday, the US will reimpose sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the nuclear arms accord put into place by the Obama White House. President Trump backed out of that accord, though China, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, and the European Union... More »

US Hits NATO Ally With Sanctions

Trump had told Turkey to free jailed pastor

(Newser) - President Trump has made good on his threat to hit Turkey with sanctions if American pastor Andrew Brunson wasn't freed. The country's justice minister and interior minister, Abdulhamit Gul and Suleyman Soylu, have been sanctioned over what White House press secretary Sarah Sanders describes as the "unfair... More »

Nikki Haley's Retort Sends Message to Trump

UN ambassador shows she won't quietly take public humiliation from the White House

(Newser) - Nikki Haley is getting a lot of attention for her not-so-subtle rejoinder to the White House. It all began when the UN ambassador declared that the US would be imposing new sanctions on Russia, only to have President Trump change his mind about them. When Trump economics adviser Larry Kudlow... More »

Trump on New Russia Sanctions: Not So Fast

White House walks back Nikki Haley's comments

(Newser) - A day after Nikki Haley announced that the US would be hitting Russia with new sanctions due to the suspected Syria chemical attack, President Trump is walking back her comments. Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said on Face the Nation that any Russian companies linked to equipment used... More »

US Punishes Russian Oligarchs Over 'Malign Activity'

24 Russians hit in latest round of sanctions

(Newser) - The United States hit seven Russian oligarchs and 17 Russian government officials with sanctions on Friday for what it called "malign activity" around the world, as the Trump administration tried to show the president is taking tough action to stand up to Moscow. A dozen Russian companies owned by... More »

Russian Oligarchs May Be Next in Trump's Sights

Sources say they'll be target of latest round of sanctions

(Newser) - President Trump's latest round of sanctions against Russia is going to hit some billionaires with close ties to Vladimir Putin, officials say. Sources tell Reuters and the Washington Post that the new sanctions, expected to be in place by Friday, will target Russian oligarchs under powers given to Trump... More »

Russia Responds to Sanctions, Will Expand US 'Black List'

It'll add more Americans to its sanctions list: Sergei Ryabkov

(Newser) - Hours after the Trump administration announced sanctions against 19 individuals and five entities in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Russia vowed to respond in kind. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday said Russia would be adding more Americans to its own sanctions list. "From the... More »

US Sanctions Russians, Warns of Cyberthreat to Energy Grid

Mnuchin says US won't tolerate 'malign Russian cyber activity'

(Newser) - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The penalties also include the first use of new powers that Congress passed last year to punish Moscow for election meddling. Those targets include officials working... More »

US: North Korea Used Chemical Agent to Kill Kim's Half Brother

Additional sanctions have been imposed against Pyongyang

(Newser) - The US has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea after determining the country used chemical weapons to assassinate Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother in Malaysia last year, Reuters reports. Kim Jong Nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned nerve agent VX in the Kuala... More »

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 »

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