US hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday levied sanctions against Russia’s top spy agencies and more than a dozen individuals for trying to influence the 2016 US presidential election and conducting separate cyberattacks. The announcement follows a lengthy delay that had caused anger on Capitol Hill and raised questions about Trump’s willingness to confront Moscow. The measures target five entities and 19 individuals -- including the FSB, Russia’s top spy service; the ...

Dirty money and the coming wave in Lebanon

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

There is a cynical saying that there is always a bank for every citizen in Lebanon and that the number of Lebanese bank employees is more than the number of employees in restaurants. Lebanon has traditionally been the center of the banking industry and thus, with time, the central bank has become the most important symbol of the state.The stability of the central bank, and hence its currency, has always been the most important element of security for maintaining the state’s identity. ...

Hussein Shobokshi

ANALYSIS: Will new sanctions change the balance of power in Iran?

Monday, 15 January 2018

US President Donald Trump is calling for new sanctions on Iran in his Friday decision, while providing Tehran with sanctions relief “for the last time” under an accord he himself describes as the “worst deal ever.” The President is stepping into this verdict after consulting the all-important Iran question with his national security team. The factor changing the playing field now is the nationwide protests that continue to threaten the very pillars of Iran’s regime. ...

Trump: US will pull out of Iran nuclear deal if Europe fails to act

Friday, 12 January 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday called on America’s European allies to help fix the “disastrous flaws” in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, warning he will walk away from the agreement if his demand is not met. “Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in a statement, after he grudgingly agreed not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Tehran. “Instead, I have outlined ...

US sanctions head of Iran’s judiciary, others, over human rights abuses

Friday, 12 January 2018

The United States imposed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities on Friday for human rights abuses in Iran and supporting Iranian weapons programs, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani. The US Treasury Department said in a statement that Larijani, a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is “responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran or Iranian ...

Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back US economic sanctions on Iran this week, a move by the president that would effectively end a 2015 deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.Two senior administration official told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump’s top advisers were recommending that he not re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the agreement between Iran, the United States and other world powers.But Trump, who has previously vowed to scrap ...

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 ...

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 ...

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