The U.N. Security Council voted on Thursday to renew some sanctions on South Sudan through mid-July and to consider imposing travel bans and asset freezes on six South Sudanese leaders if the country’s conflict does not stop by June 30. The resolution, approved by a 9-0 vote with six abstentions,[…]
Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two US diplomats in the country on Tuesday, charging it was the victim of a “political and financial lynching” after Washington tightened sanctions over Nicolas Maduro’s re-election. Maduro announced the expulsions in a televised speech after being officially proclaimed the winner of Sunday’s[…]
The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s latest missile test. The sanctions, passed on Friday, include a ban on nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea. The restrictions, proposed by the US, are designed to[…]
A Saudi-led bloc is considering fresh sanctions against Qatar that may include asking trading partners to choose between them or Doha, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Russia said. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, envoy Omar Ghobash said the expulsion of Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council[…]
Iran has stepped up its war of words with the US, with an influential adviser to the supreme leader threatening the Trump administration with “dark days to come” in case of a military attack on his country. In an exclusive interview to Al Jazeera, Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign-affairs adviser to[…]
Russia has pledged “adequate reprisals” over US sanctions and accused Washington of trying to destroy ties by making “unfounded” allegations of interference in the US election. The United States wants to “definitively destroy US-Russia relations which have already reached a low,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, adding that[…]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan’s leaders to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions. His warning followed meetings in Nairobi on Monday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from Somalia, South Sudan[…]
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday welcomed the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, but warned that Tehran should remain wary of its old enemy the United States. State television reported that Khamenei wrote to President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on implementing the nuclear deal, which resulted[…]
President Hassan Rouhani hailed on Sunday a nuclear deal with world powers as a “golden page” in Iran’s history saying he looked forward to an economic future less dependent on oil as the country emerges from years of sanctions. Iran’s economic isolation ended when world powers lifted the crippling sanctions[…]
International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issues its final report on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. Zarif arrived in Vienna earlier on Saturday, where the IAEA is expected to release a report confirming that Iran[…]
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