Sanctions and embargoes

December 16, 2017 - 11:06 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles. The Australian Federal Police...
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December 15, 2017 - 6:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has belittled a Turkey official's claims a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania is behind a banker's New York trial in an Iran economic sanctions conspiracy. Judge Richard Berman on Friday labeled the claim an "illogical foreign conspiracy theory." He commented in rejecting...
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North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam speaks during a high level Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 15, 2017 - 6:03 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono before a high level Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 15, 2017 - 12:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's declaration before the U.N. Security Council...
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Venezuelan government representatives, from left to right, diplomat Roy Chaderton, Constitutional Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez, Mayor Jorge Rodriguez, and former Vice President Elias Jaua, pose for a photo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before taking part in negotiations aimed at resolving Venezuela's ongoing economic and political crisis, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
December 01, 2017 - 3:09 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government and its opposition sought Friday to jumpstart negotiations on resolving the country's economic and political crisis, pressured by international sanctions and a looming presidential election. The planned two-day meetings in...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers a reporters question about North Korea while he meets with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, left, at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
November 30, 2017 - 8:15 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the global response to North Korea's latest missile launch (all times local): 10 a.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told President Donald Trump that North Korea still has technological challenges to clear before obtaining a legitimate...
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This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Nov. 29, 2017, shows an image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signing what is said to be a document on Nov. 28, 2017, authorizing a missile test. After two and a half months of relative peace, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early Wednesday, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could put Washington and the entire eastern U.S. seaboard within range. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (KRT via AP Video)
November 29, 2017 - 3:40 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 4:30 a.m. Thursday Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho says the international community must "keep the pressure up so that North Koreans will understand that they need to change their course." Bessho spoke to...
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This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Nov. 29, 2017, shows an image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signing what is said to be a document on Nov. 28, 2017, authorizing a missile test. After two and a half months of relative peace, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early Wednesday, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could put Washington and the entire eastern U.S. seaboard within range. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (KRT via AP Video)
November 29, 2017 - 11:04 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States may target additional financial sanctions with sanctions following North Korea's latest intercontinental missile launch. Tillerson is...
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In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Denton points at defendant Mehmet Hakan Atilla, right, during opening arguments of a trial, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in New York federal court. Denton said Atilla, deputy CEO of Halkbank, was the architect of a "massively successful" scheme to dupe U.S. banks into letting Iran move money around the world. Judge Richard Berman is seated at the bench, background left. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
November 28, 2017 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday revealed that a wealthy Turkish-Iranian gold trader struck a plea deal to testify about a vast corruption scheme they say reached into the upper levels of the Turkish government — a development that could further strain relations between the United States and...
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This photo shows the federal courthouse in New York, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of Halkbank Deputy CEO Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a top executive for a state-run bank in Turkey, accused of conspiring to help Iran evade economic sanctions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 28, 2017 - 3:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Iran sanctions trial of a Turkish banker (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Court papers show Turkish gold trader Reza Zarra pleaded guilty last month to bank fraud, money laundering and other charges as part of a deal to testify at a New York trial. The papers were...
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