Tillerson: Iran is arming terrorist organizations in the Middle East

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is working with its allies and its European partners to counter Iran's destructive and destabilizing policies in the region and its support with weapons to terrorist organizations in the region. "What worries us most is the ballistic missile programs, destabilizing Yemen and exporting weapons to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria," Tillerson said in remarks published on the ...

Trump administration announces sanctions against North Korea

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un’s government over its nuclear weapons development.As part of its “maximum pressure” campaign, ...

Saudi FM Jubeir: We would like sanctions against Iran for supporting terror

Friday, 10 November 2017

Saudi Arabia would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations, foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has said. In an interview to CNBC, Jubeir said that when you combine those three, fixing the nuclear agreement and holding Iran accountable for its support of terrorism and for its ballistic missile program, then I think we have an effective way of dealing with Iran. On being asked about the ballistic missile ...

US releases Russian defense firms sanctions list

Friday, 27 October 2017

The United States published Friday a list of 39 firms with ties to Russia’s military and intelligence agencies whose clients and partners face sanctions under a new US law. The companies named include mainstays of Russia’s export industry such as the huge military arms and vehicle supplier Rosoboronexport and iconic firearms pioneer Kalashnikov. Appearing on the list does not mean that the firms themselves face sanctions, but measures may be taken against entities that conduct &ldquo ...

New US sanctions imposed for Iran's ballistic missile program and support of Hezbollah

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed new sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile program, Bloomberg reported.The 423-2 vote represented the first action from Congress against Iran since US President Donald Trump earlier this month refused to certify the country is complying with the terms of the nuclear pact.The House passed two sanction bills on Wednesday, including one that imposes penalties on Iran for supporting Hezbollah.President Trump previously called for a ...

US Treasury places Iran’s Revolutionary Guards under sanctions

Friday, 13 October 2017

The US Treasury Department announced on Friday that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has been placed on the US sanctions list. The new sanctions included four entities, including a Chinese company, for its relationship with the Revolutionary Guards. US president, Donald Trump said his new strategy towards Iran would start by imposing sanctions on the Revolutionary Guard, who he described as a corrupt entity that has benefited from Iran’s wealth to spread chaos. He said the Revolutionary ...

Sudan receives first US dollar transfers since sanctions lifted

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sudan’s central bank said Wednesday it had received its first overseas fund transfer in US dollars since Washington announced the lifting of a 20-year-old trade embargo against Khartoum. Washington last week announced the lifting of sanctions from this Thursday onwards, saying Khartoum had made progress on conditions set for ending the embargo, in place since 1997. “The transferring of American dollars has commenced after the lifting of sanctions,” Sudan’s official news ...

ANALYSIS: Certified or decertified, Iran faces tough road ahead

Monday, 9 October 2017

All eyes are on US President Donald Trump and his upcoming Iran speech later this week to clarify his decision to certify or decertify Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), designed to curb the regime’s controversial atomic drive. This has Iran’s regime on its toes, as senior elite in Tehran understand fully how the US can lead the international community in adopting strong measures against its broad ...

Saudi efforts lift US sanctions on Sudan

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in persuading the US administration to lift economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. A US official said on Friday, that the United States has lifted 20-year economic sanctions on Sudan, attributing it to improvements in human rights and counter-terrorism acts.The official added that Sudan would remain on America's list of states sponsoring terrorism and that some of the sanctions on Darfur would remain.Lifting the sanctions on Sudan is part of a process begun by former ...

US official: Sanctions on Sudan lifted but to remain as terror sponsor

Friday, 6 October 2017

The United States lifted long-standing sanctions against Sudan on Friday, saying it had made progress fighting terrorism and easing humanitarian distress, and also secured Khartoum’s commitment not to pursue arms deals with North Korea. In a move that completes a process begun by former President Barack Obama and which was opposed by human rights groups, President Donald Trump removed a US trade embargo and other penalties that had effectively cut Sudan off from much of the global ...

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