Jul 30, 2014

U.S., Europe slap Russia with toughest sanctions yet over Ukraine

The United States and Europe targeted Russia’s key financial, arms and energy sectors Tuesday with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow’s intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Announcing the measures, U.S. President Barack Obama denied that the West had begun a new Cold War ...

Jul 21, 2014

Overuse weakens sanctions

by John Kemp

As the U.S. becomes more cautious about military intervention, financial sanctions are being seen as an increasingly attractive alternative in the pursuit of national security and foreign policy goals. But their overuse could spur a major effort to reroute financial transactions away from the ...

Jul 4, 2014

Japan finalizes decision to ease sanctions on N. Korea

Japan on Friday finalized its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea after assessing Pyongyang’s preparation to tackle the abduction issue as sincere. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet formally approved the decision made a day earlier by him and his ...

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

Jul 4, 2014

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

The United States offered a tacit approval Thursday to Tokyo’s easing of some sanctions on North Korea, saying it can “understand” Japan’s efforts to resolve abductions of its nationals. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on ...

Jul 3, 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea, says Abe

Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister said Thursday, as talks on the kidnapping of Japanese nationals are showing signs of progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo judged Pyongyang had shown sufficient willing in resolving the ...

Rocky start for Japan-North Korea talks on abductions

Jul 1, 2014

Rocky start for Japan-North Korea talks on abductions

Senior Japanese and North Korean officials discussed specifics Tuesday of Pyongyang’s promised establishment of a new body that will look into its past abductions of Japanese nationals. During the first part of their meeting in Beijing, Song Il Ho, North Korea’s top negotiator, said ...