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As Trump Takes His Sanctions Battle to Europe, Who Is More “Isolated”: Iran or US?

    As Trump Takes His Sanctions Battle to Europe, Who Is More “Isolated”: Iran or US?

BRUSSELS – The U.S. has made good on its threats to reimpose sanctions on Iran following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the six-party nuclear deal. The new package of restrictions on the Iranian economy came despite widespread friction between Washington and its transatlantic allies who sought to do business with Iran. The sanctions were accompanied by…

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UN Accuses China and Russia of Violating North Korea Sanctions

    UN Accuses China and Russia of Violating North Korea Sanctions

Pyongyang (GPA) – A new UN report has accused multiple countries and the DPRK of sanctions violations. According to the United States, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is violating United Nations Security Council (UNSC) restrictions concerning their nuclear testing and missile development programs. These accusations come from a six-month report released last…

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Move Beyond Tweets Into Concrete Actions and Shows of Military Force

    U.S.-Iran Tensions Move Beyond Tweets Into Concrete Actions and Shows of Military Force

PERSIAN GULF — Long-seething tensions in the Middle East are coming to a boil once again as tit-for-tat verbal salvos between the U.S. and Iran have moved beyond tweets and declarations alone and are now shifting toward the realm of concrete actions and demonstrations of military force. On Thursday, U.S. officials reported that Iran’s Islamic…

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Can Iran’s New Cryptocurrency Aid the “Resistance Economy” in Looming Sanctions Storm?

    Can Iran’s New Cryptocurrency Aid the “Resistance Economy” in Looming Sanctions Storm?

TEHRAN, IRAN — As Iran reels from the economic war the U.S. is waging on it, the country is hoping to avoid further damage from fast-approaching sanctions by launching a new digital currency, according to Iranian media reports. The plan to put the new “indigenous cryptocurrency” in circulation was announced by Alireza Daliri, the deputy…

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Trump Administration Gives Iran a Choice: Defiance or Humiliating Surrender

  Trump Administration Gives Iran a Choice: Defiance or Humiliating Surrender

Trump’s constant hostility to Iran has made it politically impossible for anyone in the Iranian government to consider negotiating with the U.S.: But even reformers accept that national pride dictates that Mr Trump tirades against Iran makes it ever more difficult for the government to even consider talks with the US. It is poisonous to negotiate with…

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May’s Syria Policy Gets Thumbs Down from Bipartisan Group of UK Pols

  May’s Syria Policy Gets Thumbs Down from Bipartisan Group of UK Pols

LONDON – The Global Network for Syria, which includes a bipartisan group of several British policymakers and former British ambassadors to Syria, has slammed the U.K. government’s current foreign policy on Syria, Saying that current efforts of “prolong suffering” in the country by funding “so-called moderate armed opposition forces” that are “dominated by Jihadist militants.”…

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While US Seeks to Up the Ante on Pressure on the DPRK, Russia Proposes Easing Sanctions

  While US Seeks to Up the Ante on Pressure on the DPRK, Russia Proposes Easing Sanctions

The United States last week accused the DPRK of violating refined petroleum caps imposed as a part of UN nuclear sanctions dating back to 2006, and is therefore submitting a proposal to cut all petroleum product sales to North Korea. The Trump administration is keen on not only preserving pressure on North Korea over its…

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No, Putin Didn’t Agree to Play Lackey Against Iran to Appease Trump & Netanyahu

  No, Putin Didn’t Agree to Play Lackey Against Iran to Appease Trump & Netanyahu

TEHRAN, IRAN – Little of real substance seems to have resulted from the infamous Helsinki meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, with even a joint communiqué from the two heads of state failing to materialize. Yet much of the talk about a possible “Helsinki pact” discussed between the two leaders has focused on…

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European Powers Prepare to Scrap Dollar in Iran Trade as Disgust With “America First” Policies Mount

  European Powers Prepare to Scrap Dollar in Iran Trade as Disgust With “America First” Policies Mount

VIENNA, AUSTRIA — While the White House’s frenzied anti-Iran campaign has entailed unprecedented attempts to twist the arms of the United States’ traditional European allies, the pressure may be backfiring – a reality made all the more clear by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claims that Europe’s three major powers plan to continue trade ties…

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If Trump Does It, It’s Atrocious — But Hasn’t the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades?

  If Trump Does It, It’s Atrocious — But Hasn’t the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades?

The numbers have long been a matter of dispute but, generally, experts believe that the United Nations’ blockade of Iraq between April of 1990 and August of 2003 was responsible for the deaths of more than a million Iraqis, roughly 567,000 of them children. This was no accident. Designed by the United States and the…

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