Sanctions and embargoes

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, center left, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification, center right, attend at an opening ceremony for two Koreas' first liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea said some North Korean officials returned to an inter-Korean liaison office on Monday, March 25, 2019, three days after the North abruptly withdrew its entire staff citing unspecified instructions from "higher-level authorities." (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP, File)
March 25, 2019 - 2:47 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said some North Korean officials returned to an inter-Korean liaison office on Monday, three days after the North abruptly withdrew its entire staff citing unspecified instructions from "higher-level authorities." It wasn't immediately clear why North Korea...
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Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stand near the map of Korean Peninsula during a rally demanding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace treaty near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. More than 20 protesters participated at a rally and also demanding the end the Korean War and to stop the sanction on North Korea. The letters read "Peace and Unification." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
March 23, 2019 - 3:53 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted that he had reversed his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea — a move that left officials at the Treasury Department and observers across Washington scratching their heads. Trump delivered the news Friday from his...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil after a public statement in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 22, 2019. (Jim Young/Pool Image via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 1:47 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called on the Lebanese people to stand up to Hezbollah's "criminality, terror and threats," and claimed U.S. sanctions on Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally were working and that more pressure on them was forthcoming. His comments in Beirut...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Friday, March 22, 2019. (Jim Young/Pool Image via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 10:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hitting Iran with new sanctions while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denouncing Iran's growing influence on a visit to Lebanon. The Treasury Department says the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies involved in the country...
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March 15, 2019 - 1:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and wants a federal judge to lift sanctions against him. Deripaska argues in a lawsuit filed Friday that he was unfairly and illegally targeted by the U.S. government. He was slapped with...
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CORRECTS YEAR - North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, center, speaks at a gathering for diplomats in Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, March 15, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country's moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, the senior North Korean official said, noting the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Interpreter is on Choe's right and the man standing is unidentified vice director of foreign ministry’s North America desk. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)
March 15, 2019 - 2:12 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent...
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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, March 10, 2019, en route to Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 11, 2019 - 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's special envoy for North Korea says the Trump administration won't budge from insisting that North Korea fully rid itself of nuclear weapons before the U.S. makes concessions. Stephen Biegun (bee'-gun) on Monday told a conference sponsored by the Carnegie...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2012, file photo, a soldier stands in front of the Unha-3 rocket at a launching site in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. North Korea is reportedly restoring facilities at its long-range rocket launch site that it had dismantled as part of disarmament steps last year. A major South Korean newspaper reports that the country's spy service gave such an assessment to lawmakers in a private briefing on Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
March 08, 2019 - 4:58 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. analysts say North Korea appears to have restored normal operations at a long-range rocket launch site it had partially dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps. Some experts say North Korea is trying to convey displeasure over the breakdown of a high-stakes...
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This satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe captured on March 2, 2019, and shows the launch tower at the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. North Korea is restoring facilities at the long-range rocket launch site, which it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul's spy service. The finding follows a high-stakes nuclear summit last week between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump that ended without any agreement. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 10:24 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military said Thursday it is carefully monitoring North Korean nuclear and missile facilities after the country's spy agency told lawmakers that new activity was detected at a research center where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, the Melia Cohiba hotel stands tall as workers repaint pavement markings along the Malecon in preparation for Pope Francis' visit in Havana, Cuba. The Trump administration is preparing to tighten the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba on Monday, March 4, 2019 by allowing some lawsuits against foreign companies using properties confiscated by the Cuban government after its 1959 revolution, U.S. officials say. Major investors in Cuba include Spanish hoteliers Iberostar and Melia, who run dozens of hotels across the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)
March 04, 2019 - 2:10 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday that it is tightening the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba by allowing lawsuits against Cuban companies using properties confiscated after its 1959 revolution, though the impact appears to be largely symbolic. The announcement limits lawsuits...
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