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Saudi King Opens Summit With Attack On Iran, Call For Unity

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Mecca with a call for the international community to use “all means to stop the Iranian regime from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.” The king, in his May 30 speech, accused Iran of “harboring global and regional terrorist entities and […]

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Sanctions are a violent tool of U.S. control. And now this tool is in Trump’s hands. Regardless of their devastating results, the use of sanctions against “unruly” countries is a frequent U.S. foreign policy tactic, often posed as the only alternative to an invasion. On May 8, nearly a year to the day since the U.S. pulled out […]

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Iran Leaders Send Mixed Signals on Possible Talks With US

May 29, 2019           |                                       

President Trump has been keen to get started with negotiations with Iran. Iran’s leadership is sending some very mixed messages on the possibility, with President Hassan Rouhani suggesting talks might be possible if the US eased sanctions on Iran. That’s pretty much as good as a no, since the administration seemingly would never ease sanctions […]

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Washington tightens sanctions to cut Iran oil exports to “zero” By Bill Van Auken 23 April 2019 With the lifting of waivers that allowed five major countries to continue purchasing Iranian oil, Washington has launched another and far more dangerous phase of its illegal and unilateral economic sanctions against Iran. The waivers were granted last […]

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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position The post Trump’s Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy appeared first on The Real News Network.

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Europe to Resist US Sanctions on Firms That Do Business With Cuba

April 18, 2019           |                                       

The Trump Administration is interested in increasing their crackdown on Cuba, in part because of their ties to Venezuela, and in part because of Trump’s general move against the “3 stooges of socialism.” This involves sanctions moving against foreign companies that do business within Cuba, and allowing US lawsuits against them. This has angered Canada, […]

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North Korea: Keep Mike Pompeo Out of Future Talks

April 18, 2019           |                                       

On Thursday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding that the US withdraw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from future negotiations, asking that the US replace him with someone “more careful and mature.” The spokesman said that wherever Pompeo “pokes his nose in,” the talks go wrong, adding that he worries if Pompeo […]

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Iran’s Rouhani: US Should Suspend Sanctions Because of Flooding Crisis

April 17, 2019           |                                       

Speaking on Iranian state TV on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the US ought to have suspended sanctions against Iran for a year because of the humanitarian crisis that severe flooding has caused in the country. Rouhani said it was “inhumane and filthy” for the US to block cash support to the Iranian […]

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Trump, Pompeo Dismiss Kim’s Deadline for Flexibility in Nuclear Talks

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Kim Jong Un’s weekend warning that a further summit would be dependent on the US showing new flexibility and coming into the talks with a better attitude came with a deadline of the year’s end. This was a major statement, further worsening the situation after the Hanoi Summit. South Korea’s President Moon quickly tried to […]

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South Korea’s President Moon Seeks Summit With North to Save Peace Process

April 12, 2019           |                                       

South Korean President Moon Jae-in intends to set up and hold a new summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as soon as possible, trying to get both the process process and nuclear diplomacy back on track. South Korea has been desperately trying to save the process, as after the failed Hanoi Summit it desperately […]

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Lukashenka Lambasts Moscow For 'Sanctions,' Threatens To Suspend Russian Oil Flow To Europe

April 11, 2019           |                                       

MINSK — Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has lambasted Moscow for what he called “sanctions” against Belarusian goods and hinted he could block Russian oil deliveries to Europe. Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Minsk on April 11, Lukashenka said Russia had “closed” its market for a number of Belarusian goods. “They [Russia] are under [Western] […]

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Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to the Senate to intensify US and international pressure on the government of Venezuela. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela The post More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2) […]

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On the eve of Israel’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took credit for President Donald Trump’s decision to impose sanctions on Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, by designating it a foreign terrorist organization. “Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump,” Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew, “for answering another one of my important requests.” As […]

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Oil Imports Of Three Iran-Waiver Countries 'Cut To Zero'

April 2, 2019           |                                       

Three of the eight countries to which Washington granted waivers to import Iranian oil have now cut their shipments from the country to zero, according to the U.S. special representative for Iran. “In November, we granted eight oil waivers to avoid a spike in the price of oil. I can confirm today three of those […]

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