Flynn told ex-partner Russia sanctions would be dumped

Donald Trump was just 11 minutes into his presidency when his choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business partner to say an ambitious U.S. collaboration with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was “good to go,” according to a new whistleblower account. As Trump delivered his inaugural address, says the unnamed whistleblower, Flynn […]

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Trump Administration Sends Congress List of Possible Russia Sanctions

Under pressure from Republicans and Democrats, the Trump administration on Thursday turned over to Congress a list of Russia-connected entities it will use to determine new sanctions meant to rebuke Russia for actions in Eastern Europe, Syria and the 2016 United States presidential election. Administration officials made clear to lawmakers that they intended to impose sanctions on individuals in the […]

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Sanctions won’t stop us, warns N. Korea

North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear program. In a strongly-worded statement, the foreign ministry called a new round of restrictions imposed by the United Nations as “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility”. Meanwhile, the US and South Korea have carried out joint military exercises over the Korean […]

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Putin urges North Korea talks, says sanctions not working

While condemning North Korea over its latest nuclear test, the leaders of Russia and South Korea seemed far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions against the country. Speaking after the meeting Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are […]

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Analysis: White House’s ill-timed knock on Russia sanctions

The Trump White House picked the worst possible time to criticize a package of new Russia sanctions that is heading toward almost certain and overwhelming approval by Congress. The administration stayed on the sidelines as lawmakers crafted the legislation popular with Republicans and Democrats alike. And now its complaints over a key section of the bill are drowned out amid […]

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N.Korea evading sanctions through web of illicit networks

Sanctions have failed to stop North Korea’s weapons program because the regime has a “complex overseas financing and procurement system” earning hard currency from anything from cybercrime to wildlife smuggling, a report said Tuesday. Successive rounds of United Nations sanctions in response to nuclear and ballistic missile tests have sought to choke off North Korea’s external economic lifelines, but the […]

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After Obama sanctions Russia, Trump says it’s time ‘to move on to bigger and better things’

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday played down the ramifications of any Russian interference in the U.S. election, saying it is “time for the country to move on to bigger and better things” in a statement issued just hours after President Obama announced sweeping sanctions against Moscow. Trump, who has for weeks voiced skepticism about Russia’s role in the hacking of Democratic email […]

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Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

Iran’s foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate’s extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday. On Thursday the Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. The measure will now be sent to outgoing President Barack Obama to sign. Iran’s state television quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that the extension “shows the lack […]

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