Apr 17, 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan's sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions. Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in March ...

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

Apr 14, 2015

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

The United States voiced concern Monday about the possible sale of sophisticated Russian air defense missiles to Iran after Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on such shipments. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised Washington’s concerns about the end of the sales ...

North Korea slams Mexico over ship seizure, threatens action

Apr 9, 2015

North Korea slams Mexico over ship seizure, threatens action

North Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take “necessary measures” to release the vessel, which United Nations sanctions monitors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm. The 6,700-ton freighter Mu ...

Apr 3, 2015

Iran nuclear framework deal triggers oil price fall

Crude-oil prices fell Thursday after six world powers and Iran announced they had agreed on a framework to curb Iran’s nuclear drive. The U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for May delivery, shed 95 cents to close at $49.14 a barrel on the New ...

Mar 19, 2015

Iran plays down likelihood of nuclear deal this week

Marathon talks to draw up the outlines of a landmark Iran nuclear deal by March 31 looked set Wednesday to go down to the wire as Tehran’s foreign minister played down chances of finishing the job this week. Mohammad Javad Zarif, in talks in ...

Mar 5, 2015

Japanese linked to North Korean shipper under U.N. sanctions

A Hong Kong-based company headed by a Japanese man is believed to have been among the foreign business partners of a North Korean shipping firm under U.N. sanctions, a U.N. report said Wednesday. The man also serves as chief executive of a separate company ...