Sanctions and embargoes

FILE - In this April 24, 2018 file photo, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press, in New York. Iran's Foreign Ministry said Monday, July 16, 2018, that if President Donald Trump wants to negotiate after pulling the United States out of the international agreement meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon, he'll have to make the call. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 16, 2018 - 12:50 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Monday that if President Donald Trump wants to negotiate after pulling the United States out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, he'll have to initiate the call. The remarks by Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi...
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, right, and Evelina Christillin in the stands prior to the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
July 16, 2018 - 12:01 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Italy's populist government is hoping to convince the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia but won't rule out using its veto if diplomacy fails. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Italy planned to use "good manners, the art of diplomacy, numbers and evidence" to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, trucks cross the friendship bridge connecting China and North Korea in the Chinese border town of Dandong, opposite side of the North Korean town of Sinuiju. China's imports from North Korea plunged 92.6 percent in June, 2018, compared with a year earlier under U.N. sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, the customs agency said Friday, July 13, 2018.(AP Photo/Helene Franchineau, File)
July 13, 2018 - 1:41 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's imports from North Korea plunged 92.6 percent in June compared with a year earlier under U.N. sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, the customs agency said Friday. Exports of Chinese oil and other goods to the North fell 40.6 percent, a customs...
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Sigal P. Mandelker, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, listens to questions at a press briefing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, July 12, 2018. A top U.S. official focused on sanctions on Iran linked American financial pressure on Tehran with the ongoing economic protests roiling the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
July 12, 2018 - 4:26 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top U.S. official focused on sanctions against Iran on Thursday linked American financial pressure on Tehran with ongoing economic protests roiling the country, saying she hoped the strain would limit the Islamic Republic's "malign activities" across the Mideast...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, walks through the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, July 8, 2018. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi and Brussels. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
July 08, 2018 - 10:57 pm
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday extolled improved relations with Vietnam as a model for rapprochement with North Korea. Pompeo met with senior Vietnamese officials, including the prime minister and foreign minister in Hanoi, after weekend stops in Japan and North...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, and South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha arrive their talk at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, July 8, 2018. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. (David Mareuil/Pool Photo via AP)
July 08, 2018 - 6:31 am
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday brushed aside North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" denuclearization demands. Pompeo maintained that his third visit to the country had produced results but also vowed that sanctions would remain until Pyongyang follows through on...
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July 05, 2018 - 3:30 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister on Thursday called for the end of the international arms embargo on Libya, saying weapons and migrant traffickers disregard it anyway. Matteo Salvini made the appeal at a news conference in Rome with a deputy prime minister of the U.N. -backed Libyan government...
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July 02, 2018 - 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is suggesting some countries continuing to import Iranian oil could avoid sanctions after restrictions are set to be re-imposed in November. The restrictions follow the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Director for policy planning Brian Hook says...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, June 21, 2018, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar, right, shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Competing claims of troops violating the country's latest cease-fire seem to indicate a shaky start to the latest attempt at ending South Sudan's devastating five-year civil war. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)
June 30, 2018 - 7:43 am
DUBLIN (AP) — South Sudan government troops violated the country's latest cease-fire just hours after it began at midnight, the armed opposition claimed Saturday, while a government spokesman accused the rebels of attacking instead. The competing claims indicated a shaky start to the latest attempt...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, second from left, with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera reviews an honor guard before their meeting at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, June 29, 2018. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
June 29, 2018 - 4:58 am
TOKYO (AP) — For the second time in two days, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is trying to assuage an Asian ally's worries about America's commitment to the region amid the ongoing denuclearization negotiations with North Korea. Mattis met Friday with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera,...
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