Sanctions and embargoes

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya, left, speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before a Security Council meeting on Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
January 05, 2018 - 6:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on the protests roiling Iran showed Tehran "the world will be watching" its actions, the U.S. ambassador said Friday. But Russia and some other countries said the U.N.'s most powerful body had no business weighing in on the...
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January 05, 2018 - 4:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Friday on four senior Venezuelan military officials for alleged corruption and repression, in a bid to raise the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's government. Among those targeted in the Treasury Department's action are Rodolfo Marco...
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In this image made from video released by KRT on Jan. 1, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks in his annual address in undisclosed location, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim said Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year's address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. (KRT via AP Video)
January 03, 2018 - 5:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does — but the president doesn't actually have a physical button. The president's Tuesday evening tweet came in response to Kim's New Year's address, in...
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People watch a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. North Korea announced Wednesday that it will reopen a cross-border communication channel with South Korea, officials in Seoul said, another sign of easing animosity between the rivals after a year that saw the North conduct nuclear bomb and missile tests and both the Koreas and Washington issue threats of war. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 03, 2018 - 2:45 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and fears of war. Even among the...
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In this image made from video released by KRT on Jan. 1, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks in his annual address in undisclosed location, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim said Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year's address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. (KRT via AP Video)
January 02, 2018 - 9:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president's Tuesday evening tweet came in response to Kim's New Year's address, in which he repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United...
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South Korean Unification Minster Cho Myoung-gyon speaks during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Cho on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea meant to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South next month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 02, 2018 - 4:55 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties...
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December 30, 2017 - 10:45 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday denied claims that U.N. sanctions against North Korea had been breached by Russian tankers transferring fuel to North Korean tankers at sea. The statement came in response to a Reuters report citing unidentified Western European security...
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December 29, 2017 - 3:45 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday that it's holding a Hong Kong-flagged ship and its crew members for allegedly violating U.N. sanctions by transferring oil to a North Korean vessel in October. The Lighthouse Winmore is believed to have transferred about 600 tons of refined...
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December 28, 2017 - 10:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized China on Thursday following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of U.N. sanctions over the North's nuclear weapons program. Trump said on Twitter that China had been "Caught RED HANDED," adding he...
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A South Korean army soldier stands guard at a military guard post in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. North Korea on Sunday called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 25, 2017 - 4:16 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new...
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