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US Just Reimposed All Sanctions on Iran

Move follows decision to withdraw from 2015 nuclear deal

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran's shipping, financial, and energy sectors, the AP reports. It's the second batch of penalties the administration... More »

Pompeo's Request for Khashoggi's Son: Granted

Travel ban in Saudi Arabia apparently lifted, Salah Khashoggi is now in US

(Newser) - When Mike Pompeo met with the Saudis in Riyadh earlier this month , the secretary of state made one specific request, per a State Department rep: "He wanted Salah Khashoggi returned to the United States." Reuters reports that now appears to have taken place, with sources saying Salah Khashoggi—... More »

Pompeo Asks Trump to Give Saudis More Time

Also, treasury chief pulls out of high-profile economic summit in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo continues to urge patience with the Jamal Khashoggi case: The US secretary of state says he has advised the White House to give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to complete its investigation into the journalist's disappearance. At that point, "we can make decisions about... More »

Report: Khashoggi's Head Was Removed. But First, His Fingers

Senior Turkish official confirms gruesome report of Khashoggi slaying

(Newser) - A senior Turkish official on Wednesday confirmed gruesome details published by a pro-government Turkish newspaper about the alleged slaying of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The official tells the New York Times that a team of 15 Saudi agents were waiting for the Washington Post columnist when... More »

Turkish Paper Publishes Graphic Account of Khashoggi Slaying

As Mike Pompeo meets with Turkish officials

(Newser) - A pro-government Turkish newspaper published a gruesome recounting Wednesday of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America's top diplomat arrived in the country for talks over the Washington Post columnist's disappearance, the AP reports. The Yeni Safak report... More »

Inside Saudi Consulate, Suspicious New Paint

Turkish investigators looking into it as Pompeo meets with king

(Newser) - President Trump has mused it might have been "rogue killers" who murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while other sources are buzzing that Saudi Arabia plans to admit Khashoggi was accidentally killed during an interrogation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got directly on the case Tuesday in Riyadh, where he was... More »

Trump: 'Rogue Killers' Might Have Murdered Journalist

President sends secretary of state to Saudi Arabia in regard to Jamal Khashoggi

(Newser) - Nearly two weeks after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , Saudi Arabia is making moves to clear its name: It will allow a joint inspection of its Turkish embassy Monday afternoon, and King Salman is personally denying his kingdom had anything to do with how the journalist vanished. "Just... More »

Pompeo: Next Trump-Kim Summit Almost Finalized

'Sometimes that last inch is hard to close'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made "significant progress" toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he said he expected further results after an as-yet unscheduled second... More »

Pompeo: 'Very Successful Morning' in N. Korea

Secretary of state's latest visit apparently went much better than the last one

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. The two men met for about two hours before having lunch on Sunday, reports the Washington ... More »

Mike Pompeo Is Going Back to North Korea

Secretary of state will visit Pyongyang Sunday

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on course to rack up more visits to North Korea than Dennis Rodman. The State Department announced Tuesday that Pompeo will meet with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday during an Asia trip that will also include stops in South Korea, China, and... More »

4 Possible Culprits Behind Trump Op-Ed

Pundit doesn't put Mike Pence on the short list

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson of Fox News think he has a "pretty good idea" who wrote the anti-Trump op-ed now in wide circulation, but he's awaiting confirmation before going public, reports the Hill . At the Weekly Standard , Michael Warren has narrowed it down to four likely suspects:
  • Larry Kudlow, chair
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North Korea Calls America Two-Faced

Editorial cites 'secret' military drill, but US says that's 'far-fetched'

(Newser) - The rhetoric from North Korea toward the US is creeping back toward levels that existed before the June summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. An editorial in a state-run paper claims the US is staging air drills that simulate an invasion of Pyongyang in case denuclearization efforts fail,... More »

After Pompeo Announces Korean Trip, Trump Cancels It

President unhappy with progress of denuclearization

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced plans to travel to North Korea with newly hired special envoy Stephen Biegun next week. On Friday, however, President Trump said he asked Pompeo to cancel the trip. The reason for what the New York Times calls the "abrupt cancelation": "... More »

Trump Issues Warning to Nations That Defy US on Iran

Any nation that does business with Tehran will not do business with US, he says

(Newser) - President Trump issued another warning in regard to Tehran on Tuesday, but this time it's directed at nations outside Iran. "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States," Trump tweeted . "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" The... More »

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 »

North Korea to America: This Isn't Working

North Korea's top diplomat blames America at regional security conferernce

(Newser) - North Korea sent the US an unexpectedly sharp message Saturday: These talks aren't working, and you're the problem. Speaking at a regional security conference in Singapore, North Korea's top diplomat said his nation is taking steps in the right direction while Washington fails to reciprocate, the New ... More »

Pompeo: N. Korea Not Keeping Nuclear Promise

'Still a ways to go,' he says

(Newser) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is far from living up to its pledge to denuclearize and remains in violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions. Speaking Friday before he attends an Asian security forum with North Korea's foreign minister, Pompeo told reporters in Singapore there... More »

Russia: OK, Release Our Accused Spy

Moscow calls charges against Maria Butina 'fabricated,' asks Pompeo to release her

(Newser) - The week of Russia whiplash continues , with Moscow now demanding the release of a Russian woman accused of being a covert spy , reports the New York Times . Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the request Saturday during a phone call to counterpart Mike Pompeo in which he "stressed that the... More »

North Koreans Fail to Show Up to Scheduled Meeting With US

The nations were slated to discuss repatriation of US soldiers' remains

(Newser) - The North Koreans failed to show up to a scheduled meeting Thursday during which they were slated to discuss the repatriation of American soldiers' remains with US officials. That's per the New York Times , where it was reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated last week that the... More »

Pompeo on N. Korea's Diss: 'The World Is a Gangster'

Secretary of State shrugs off Pyongyang's gripe that US demands are 'gangster-like'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday brushed aside North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" demands, maintaining that his third visit was producing results but vowing that sanctions would remain until Kim Jong Un follows through on his pledge to get rid of his nuclear weapons. The North's... More »

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