Sanctions and embargoes

In this Monday, May 20, 2019 photo, released by U.S. Navy, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Arabian Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman/U.S. Navy via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 4:13 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first...
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This Sunday, May 19, 2019 satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the North Korean cargo ship "Wise Honest," center, in Pago Pago, American Samoa. North Korea's U.N. ambassador says the Trump administration should consider the possible consequences its seizing of the North Korean cargo ship could have on relations between the two countries and immediately return the vessel. The vessel was first detained in April 2018 by Indonesia while transporting a large amount of coal. The U.S. announced May 9, 2019, that it had seized the ship because it was carrying coal in violation of U.N. sanctions, a first-of-its kind enforcement action that came amid a tense moment in relations with North Korea. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 11:34 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday the Trump administration should consider the possible consequences that the recent U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship could have on relations between the two countries and immediately return the vessel. Kim Song said at a news...
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, speak at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, May 16, 2019. Iran’s foreign minister has said his country is committed to an international nuclear deal and criticized escalating U.S. sanctions “unacceptable” as he met with Japanese officials in Tokyo amid rising tensions in the Middle East.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
May 17, 2019 - 1:31 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across the Persian Gulf remain high. Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House...
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People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 17, 2019. Asian stocks were mixed on Friday amid worries that U.S. economic sanctions on Huawei would put a drag on trade negotiations with China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 16, 2019 - 11:24 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Friday amid worries that U.S. economic sanctions on Huawei would cast a pall on trade negotiations with China. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.4% to 28,161.89 while Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.6% to 21,391.53. The Kospi in South Korea added 0.2% to...
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People inspect the site of an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, May, 16, 2019. Yemen's human rights minister says heavy fighting is underway in the country's south as rebel Houthis push to gain more territory from government forces and their allies. The clashes come as the Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the capital, Sanaa, earlier on Thursday, targeting the Houthis and killing at least three civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
May 16, 2019 - 9:29 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S...
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A woman walks past advertisement for Huawei smartphones in Beijing on Thursday, May 16, 2019. In a fateful swipe at telecommunications giant Huawei, the Trump administration issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U.S. networks and said it was subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
May 16, 2019 - 4:07 pm
The Trump administration's plan to restrict exports to Chinese telecommunications powerhouse Huawei for national security reasons doesn't just up the ante in the China trade war. It could also hurt U.S. suppliers and accelerate Beijing's drive toward greater technological independence. The White...
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(Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dan Snow, U.S. Navy via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 11:40 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugees look out from their camp near a fence during a government-organized media tour to a no-man's land between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Taungpyolatyar village, Maung Daw, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. The U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 that there has been no progress in the crisis over Myanmar’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, more than 1 million of whom have fled military “clearance operations” in the northwest Rakhine region. It said those remaining in the country live in displacement camps and in fear. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein, File)
May 14, 2019 - 5:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations fact-finding mission urged Tuesday that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. The independent investigators, working under a mandate from the U.N. Human Rights Council, said in...
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Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself the interim-president of Venezuela, squares his suit jacket before the start of an interview, at the Popular Will party's headquarters, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 10, 2019. Guaidó wants to jumpstart his movement to oust Nicolas Maduro following last week's failed military uprising. In an interview with The Associated Press, he promised to persevere in the face of a deepening crackdown by Maduro's government.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
May 10, 2019 - 5:12 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government is seeking to ease the country's isolation, reopening borders with Aruba and Brazil after shutting off sea and land access in February to block the opposition from delivering humanitarian aid. However, neighboring Colombia accused Venezuela of...
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This Thursday, May 9, 2019, photo provided Friday, May 10, 2019, by the North Korean government shows a test of military weapon systems in North Korea. North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its second weapons launch in five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be in danger. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 4:48 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea have determined that two projectiles launched by North Korea were short-range missiles, a South Korean military official said Friday, a day after the North's second launch in five days raised jitters about an unraveling detente between the Koreas...
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