Sanctions and embargoes

In this undated photo provided on Thursday, July 23, 2020 by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a new chicken farm being built in Hwangju County, North Korea. 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)
July 23, 2020 - 2:25 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a new chicken farm being built in a county south of capital Pyongyang and called for improvements to what he described as an outdated poultry industry, state media said Thursday. The North's official Korean Central News Agency...
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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Saturday, July 18, 2020. 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)
July 19, 2020 - 10:28 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated construction managers for unspecified problems in building a showpiece hospital in comments reported Monday that may indicate the country is struggling to secure the supplies amid U.S.-led sanctions and a coronavirus lockdown. During...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
July 16, 2020 - 2:35 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed the possibility of another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the U.S. presidential election, saying Trump would only want to engage if there were real prospects of progress. South...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2010 file photo, a Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia, during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction. The Trump administration is hardening its efforts to prevent the completion of a new German-Russian natural-gas pipeline by warning all companies involved in the project they'll be subject to U.S. sanctions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday the administration is ending grandfather clauses that had exempted firms previously involved in the pipeline's construction from sanctions. The move opens the door for U.S. economic and financial penalties to be imposed on any European and other foreign company for work on Nord Stream 2. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, file)
July 15, 2020 - 12:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hardened its efforts to prevent the completion of new German-Russian and Turkish-Russian natural gas pipelines by warning companies involved in the projects they'll be subject to U.S. penalties unless they halt their work. The move will likely...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2020 file photo, the Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Domestic fuel shortages have led Venezuela to see relief from Iran, which in May sent five tankers of gasoline to the South American country. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez, File)
July 13, 2020 - 10:51 am
MIAMI (AP) — As U.S. sanctions scare away the world's largest shippers from Venezuela's oil industry, new players are willing to brave the heightened risks and help keep socialist leader Nicolás Maduro afloat, according to a new report. In the first year since the Trump administration imposed...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. North Korea on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, repeated it has no immediate intent to resume dialogue with the United States hours before U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun was to arrive in South Korea for discussions on the stalled nuclear diplomacy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
July 07, 2020 - 7:01 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday said it has no immediate intent to resume a dialogue with the United States as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun arrived in South Korea for discussions on stalled nuclear diplomacy. In a statement released through the North's official...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 7, 2020, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London. Raab on Monday July 6, 2020, announced targeted economic sanctions against individuals and organizations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea under new U.K. powers to punish human-rights offenders.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, FILE)
July 06, 2020 - 1:53 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain on Monday announced economic sanctions against individuals and organizations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea under new U.K. powers to punish human rights offenders. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the sanctions targeted those behind “some of the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. A festering row between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO's struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
July 05, 2020 - 2:54 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. The dispute has also...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, in Singapore. North Korea on Saturday, July 4, 2020, reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as "hostile" polices toward Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
July 04, 2020 - 1:55 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang. The statement by North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui...
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CORRECTS DATE - In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a Politburo meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, July 2, 2020. 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)
July 03, 2020 - 2:30 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea’s claim to not have had a single...
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