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US, Russia clash at UN over North Korea sanctions

New York - The United States on Monday accused Russia of "cheating" on UN sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang.

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report

New York - Several paragraphs referring to Russian oil trade in a United Nations report about sanctions on North Korea have been removed at Moscow's urging, sparking US anger on Thursday.

US, UN sanctions target Libya militia leader

Washington - The United States and the United Nations imposed sanctions Wednesday against Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran, whose forces attacked oil terminals in eastern Libya in June.

Russia's Lavrov condemns US 'sanctions-first' diplomacy

Vladivostok - Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov condemned US foreign policy on Wednesday, stoking tensions between the two powers by accusing Washington of imposing sanctions before it enters negotiations.

Iran slams Trump over UN Security Council plans

Tehran - Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday accused US President Donald Trump of trying to hijack the United Nations Security Council for the purposes of "bullying others" to turn against Tehran.

UN extends sanctions regime in Mali

New York - The UN Security Council extended for a year Thursday a general sanctions regime against Mali, but stopped short of imposing individual sanctions against leaders of armed groups accused of violating a 2015 peace accord.

Iran tells UN court 'time running out' under US sanctions

Den Haag - Iran told the UN's top court Wednesday that "time is running out" for its people as they suffer economic turmoil that Tehran blames on renewed US sanctions.

US will 'vigorously defend' against Iran court challenge: Pompeo

Washington - The United States will "vigorously defend" itself in the International Court of Justice against Iran's challenge to the reimposition of US sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Iran fights US sanctions at UN court

Den Haag - Iran demanded Monday that the UN's top court order the United States to suspend nuclear-linked sanctions against Tehran, but Washington vowed to "vigorously" fend off the legal challenge.

UN court hears Iran's challenge against US sanctions

Den Haag - Iran's legal challenge against renewed sanctions by the United States goes before the UN's top court Monday, as Tehran seeks to avert painful punitive measures that could hurt its still fragile economy.

Air France, British Airways to end flights to Tehran

Paris - Air France and British Airways announced Thursday that they will halt flights to Tehran next month, citing low profitability as the US reimposes sanctions on Iran.

US warns of more sanctions coming against Russia

Washington - A senior Treasury official warned Tuesday that the United States has more economic sanctions on Russia in the pipeline, after the US blacklisted two Russian companies for trading with North Korea."Absolutely ...

US blacklists Russian shippers for NKorea violations

Washington - The US Treasury on Tuesday slapped punitive sanctions on two Russian shipping firms and six Russian-flagged vessels for violating economic sanctions on North Korea.The Treasury said Primorye Maritime Logistics Co. and Gudzon Shipping Co.

N. Korea leader lambasts 'brigandish' sanctions: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked "hostile forces" over "brigandish" sanctions, state media reported Friday, as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme.

US creates 'Iran Action Group' to up pressure on Tehran

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new high-level team to focus US and international efforts to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran.

Iraq religious tourism squeezed by Iran sanctions

Najaf - With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.

Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against Iran

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday defended his stance on US sanctions against Iran in the face of harsh criticism from Tehran and its allies in Baghdad.

North Korea slams UN chief over call for nuclear disarming

New York - North Korea on Friday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making "reckless remarks" and toeing the US line when he called for verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Lavrov tells Pompeo Russia categorically rejects US sanctions

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday in a phone conversation with US counterpart Mike Pompeo that Moscow categorically rejected the latest US sanctions, the foreign ministry said.

Allies at odds: Five areas of Turkey-US friction

Ankara - Relations between Turkey and the United States are at their lowest ebb in recent times, with President Donald Trump announcing Friday he had doubled steel and aluminium tariffs against the NATO ally, adding to the Turkish lira's downward spiral.

Further US sanctions would be 'declaration of economic war': Medvedev

Moscow - Russia warned Friday that if the US followed through with threats to impose further harsh economic sanctions it would be seen as a "declaration of economic war".

Iraq to reluctantly comply with US sanctions on Iran: PM

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday he would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, but recalled his country's 12 years under international embargo.

Daimler halts Iran activities over US sanctions

Frankfurt Am Main - German automaker Daimler on Tuesday said it was halting its business activities in Iran after the United States re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.

Trump: reining in Iran

Washington - From the time of his electoral campaign, Donald Trump was one of the biggest opponents of Iran and the hard-won nuclear agreement, which he tore up in May.His stated aim is to stop Iran's ballistic program and its influence in the Middle East.

Trump says open to new Iran deal, confirms sanctions return

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Monday he remains open to forging a new nuclear deal with Iran, as he confirmed Washington will go ahead with reimposing sanctions against Tehran.

European losers in new Iranian sanctions game

Paris - US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and reimpose a raft of sanctions will hit European businesses working in Iran.

NKorea has not stopped nuclear, missile programs: UN report

New York - North Korea has pressed ahead with its nuclear and missile programs and continues to evade UN sanctions through increased illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products at sea, a UN report said Friday.

US slams Russia over work permits for North Korean laborers

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Friday said reports that Russia had violated UN sanctions resolutions by issuing new work permits to thousands of North Korean laborers were "credible" and "deeply troubling.

US slaps sanctions on Russian bank over NKorea dealings

Washington - The United States slapped sanctions Friday on a Russian bank for helping North Korea evade punitive measures from the United Nations designed to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Turkey dismisses US 'threats, sanctions' over detained pastor

Fpo - Turkey and the US failed to resolve the diplomatic standoff over a detained pastor on Friday, with Ankara's foreign minister warning that sanctions and threats would not work.
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