Sanctions and embargoes

August 16, 2017 - 8:10 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Russia says it's against further tightening sanctions on North Korea, warning that economic pressure on Pyongyang has reached its limit. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Wednesday "we can't support ideas...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a session of parliament to debate his proposed cabinet, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Iran's president issued a direct threat to the West on Tuesday, claiming his country is capable of restarting its nuclear program within hours — and quickly bringing it to even more advanced levels than in 2015, when Iran signed the nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
August 15, 2017 - 6:22 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues "threats and sanctions" against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015. Hassan Rouhani's remarks to...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, heavy machines move imported iron ore at the dock in Rizhao in eastern China's Shandong province. China announced Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.(Chinatopix via AP, File)
August 14, 2017 - 6:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. relations with China (all times local): ___ 5:45 a.m. China has announced that it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, heavy machines move imported iron ore at the dock in Rizhao in eastern China's Shandong province. China announced Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.(Chinatopix via AP, File)
August 14, 2017 - 6:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — China announced Monday it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programs. China, the isolated North's main trading partner, has been reluctant to push leader Kim Jong Un's...
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August 13, 2017 - 3:15 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament overwhelmingly has voted to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in response to recent new American sanctions. In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention. Iran's state-...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks with Defense Minister Admiral Diego Molero, right, during an Independence Day parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela, as first lady Cilia Flores stands between them. Peru's government has expelled Molero, Venezuela's current ambassador to Peru, as regional pressure builds on Maduro's government for allegedly trampling on the constitutional order. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
August 11, 2017 - 10:02 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador on Friday as regional pressure built on President Nicolas Maduro's government for allegedly trampling his country's constitutional order. The Venezuelan government retaliated by ordering the head of Peru's embassy in Caracas to leave...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2017, file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks as he presides over a meeting of the National Security Council at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Moon believes the best way to solve the North Korean nuclear crisis is engagement of the sort that two past liberal leaders used to win historic summits with Pyongyang. (Kim Ju-hyung/Yonhap via AP, File)
August 10, 2017 - 2:57 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With liberals back in charge in South Korea, Seoul is making peace offerings to its archrivals, but the North isn't biting. South Korean President Moon Jae-in believes the best way to solve the North Korean nuclear crisis is engagement of the sort that two past liberal...
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A copy of the local newspaper is for sale in Hagatna, Guam on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. The small U.S. territory of Guam has become a focal point after North Korea's army threatened to use ballistic missiles to create an "enveloping fire" around the island. The exclamation came after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen." (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)
August 10, 2017 - 1:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times EDT): 1 a.m. Japan says it could shoot down missiles for its U.S. ally if North Korea fires them at Guam. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told Thursday's parliamentary session that a missile attack on the U.S...
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A copy of the local newspaper is for sale in Hagatna, Guam on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. The small U.S. territory of Guam has become a focal point after North Korea's army threatened to use ballistic missiles to create an "enveloping fire" around the island. The exclamation came after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen." (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)
August 10, 2017 - 12:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times EDT): 11:30 p.m. North Korea has become the latest critic of President Donald Trump's working vacation, accusing him of acting senile while "on the golf links." Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the North's strategic...
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Constitutional Assembly delegate Carmen Melendez speaks from the podium during a session in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. The government-backed assembly that is recasting Venezuela's political system filed into the stately domed chamber where congress normally meets. In two previous sessions, the 545-member assembly met in an adjacent, smaller building. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 09, 2017 - 6:51 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration's decision on Wednesday to slap sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's all-powerful constitutional assembly brings to 30 the number of government loyalists targeted for human rights abuses and violations of democratic norms since anti-government...
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