Apr 4, 2014

Hague: EU must ready tougher Russia sanctions

The European Union must have stronger sanctions ready to impose against Russia if they “become necessary,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday, as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Athens. The crisis in Ukraine tops the agenda at the ...

Russia stands firm on Crimea standoff despite sanctions

Mar 7, 2014

Russia stands firm on Crimea standoff despite sanctions

Russia stood firm Friday in its standoff with the West over Ukraine’s flash point peninsula of Crimea despite sanctions over the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The heads of Russia’s two houses of Parliament indicated President Vladimir Putin’s resolve by announcing that ...

Iran nuke deal doesn't end debate over sanctions

Jan 14, 2014

Iran nuke deal doesn't end debate over sanctions

The weekend deal spelling out how Iran will roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief buttresses the Obama administration’s claim that Tehran may be prepared for a grand diplomatic compromise that would avert the potential for war. But it seems that ...

Dec 4, 2013

Keep low economic profile in Iran, Einhorn urges

A former U.S. State Department official who had been tasked with overseeing sanctions on Iran is urging Japan to refrain from engaging in economic activities there for now in line with steps aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear activities. “I think for this six-month period, ...

Australia central bank subsidiary in Hussein link

Sep 30, 2013

Australia central bank subsidiary in Hussein link

The Reserve Bank of Australia on Monday admitted that staffers from a subsidiary had visited Iraq at the height of U.N. sanctions after it was accused of attempting to strike an illegal deal with Saddam Hussein. A joint investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. ...

Obama, Rouhani speak in historic call

Sep 28, 2013

Obama, Rouhani speak in historic call

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart hold the first direct contact between leaders of their estranged nations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. to seize NYC tower allegedly tied to Iran

The United States is set seize control of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper that prosecutors claim is secretly owned by Iran, the Justice Department said Tuesday, though the ruling is to be appealed. The seizure and sale of the 36-story building, in the heart of ...

Aug 27, 2013

North Korea 'tried to send gas masks to Assad'

North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, Japanese media said Tuesday, as the United States threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack. A Libyan-registered vessel, identified as Al En Ti ...

Jun 29, 2013

Sony: Sanctioned Iran firms got gear it sold via Dubai

Sony Corp. said it sold almost $13 million (¥1.3 billion) in video and medical equipment to dealers in Dubai who resold it in Iran, including to groups under official U.S. sanctions. In a U.S. filing Thursday, Sony said it sold broadcast equipment, security cameras ...