Sanctions and embargoes

Demonstrators chant slogans during an annual rally marking the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Iran on Saturday displayed a surface-to-surface missile as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover and hostage crisis amid uncertainty about its nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
November 04, 2017 - 7:59 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday displayed a surface-to-surface missile as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover and hostage crisis amid uncertainty about its nuclear deal with world powers. Thousands gathered at the former U.S. embassy in downtown Tehran...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2016 file photo, Cuban President Raul Castro, right, lifts up the arm of U.S. President Barack Obama, at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba. The United States will vote this week against an annual United Nations resolution condemning the U.S. embargo on Cuba, reversing the Obama administration’s abstention last year. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
October 31, 2017 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will defend America's decades-old economic embargo on Cuba in a United Nations vote this week, the State Department said Tuesday, in a reversal from the Obama administration that reflects deteriorating U.S.-Cuban relations. Every year the U.N. votes to...
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October 25, 2017 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday to block the flow of illicit money to Iran-backed Hezbollah militants and to sanction the group for using civilians as human shields as lawmakers took aim at what they called Tehran's leading terrorist proxy. The measures were...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Tillerson to declare that ethnic cleansing is occurring against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
October 24, 2017 - 12:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that "ethnic cleansing" is occurring against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the Trump administration to consider new sanctions on a country that had...
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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters while heading to vote on budget amendments, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. U.S. sanctions against Iran automatically would kick in if Tehran violates new constraints, according to a draft Republican bill crafted by GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Tom Cotton of Arkansas and sought by President Donald Trump as he tries to unravel the landmark 2015 international accord to prevent Iran from assembling an arsenal of atomic weapons. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 20, 2017 - 1:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions against Iran automatically would kick in if Tehran violates new constraints, according to a draft Republican bill sought by President Donald Trump as he tries to unravel the landmark 2015 international accord to prevent Iran from assembling an arsenal of atomic...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, left, and Japan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting at Iikura Guest House in Tokyo Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
October 17, 2017 - 1:31 am
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy failed. U.S. Undersecretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese counterpart,...
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October 16, 2017 - 11:02 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The sanctions agreed by EU foreign ministers Monday include a total ban on EU investment in North Korea, and a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude...
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In this Sept. 19, 2017, photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pauses on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans who’ve demanded a bigger say in how the Iran nuclear agreement works are getting just what they want after President Donald Trump directed lawmakers to make the international accord more stringent. Corker, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, will be at the center of what’s sure to be a stormy debate over the nuclear accord. And he’s in the midst of a feud with Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 14, 2017 - 6:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans demanded a major say on the Iran nuclear agreement two years ago and never got it from Democrat Barack Obama. Now that President Donald Trump has directed Congress to make the international pact more stringent, the GOP is finding it won't be easy. Republicans will have...
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President Donald Trump speaks on Iran policy from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 14, 2017 - 2:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a questionable reading of Iran's past economic condition when he blamed the Obama administration for lifting sanctions just as Iran's government was facing "total collapse." A look at some of his points in remarks Friday that denounced Iran's...
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President Donald Trump walks from the podium after speaking about Iran from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Trump says Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal that it signed in 2015, and announced a new strategy in the speech. He says the administration will impose additional sanctions on the regime to block its financing of terrorism. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 13, 2017 - 6:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal (all times EDT): 6:10 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says his first priority on Iran, now that President Donald Trump has announced his new approach, is to confer with allies. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday he wants to...
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