Sanctions and embargoes

U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
July 20, 2018 - 4:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Friday that the U.N. Security Council is united on the need for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, and he urged all countries — especially Russia and China — to strictly enforce U.N. sanctions to achieve that goal...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2018, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin talks with reporters about trade with China outside of the White House in Washington. Countries and businesses that continue to import Iranian oil could avoid penalties by making “significant reductions” as Washington re-imposes sanctions on Tehran later this year, according to top U.S. officials. “We want people to reduce oil purchases to zero, but in certain cases if people can’t do that overnight, we’ll consider exemptions,” Mnuchin told journalists as he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned to the U.S. from Mexico late last week. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
July 16, 2018 - 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Countries and businesses that continue to import Iranian oil could avoid penalties by making "significant reductions" as Washington re-imposes sanctions on Tehran later this year, according to top U.S. officials. "We want people to reduce oil purchases to zero, but in certain...
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, right, and Evelina Christillin in the stands prior to the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
July 16, 2018 - 12:01 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Italy's populist government is hoping to convince the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia but won't rule out using its veto if diplomacy fails. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Italy planned to use "good manners, the art of diplomacy, numbers and evidence" to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, trucks cross the friendship bridge connecting China and North Korea in the Chinese border town of Dandong, opposite side of the North Korean town of Sinuiju. China's imports from North Korea plunged 92.6 percent in June, 2018, compared with a year earlier under U.N. sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, the customs agency said Friday, July 13, 2018.(AP Photo/Helene Franchineau, File)
July 13, 2018 - 1:41 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's imports from North Korea plunged 92.6 percent in June compared with a year earlier under U.N. sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, the customs agency said Friday. Exports of Chinese oil and other goods to the North fell 40.6 percent, a customs...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, walks through the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, July 8, 2018. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi and Brussels. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
July 08, 2018 - 10:57 pm
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday extolled improved relations with Vietnam as a model for rapprochement with North Korea. Pompeo met with senior Vietnamese officials, including the prime minister and foreign minister in Hanoi, after weekend stops in Japan and North...
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July 02, 2018 - 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is suggesting some countries continuing to import Iranian oil could avoid sanctions after restrictions are set to be re-imposed in November. The restrictions follow the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Director for policy planning Brian Hook says...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, second from left, with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera reviews an honor guard before their meeting at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, June 29, 2018. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
June 29, 2018 - 4:58 am
TOKYO (AP) — For the second time in two days, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is trying to assuage an Asian ally's worries about America's commitment to the region amid the ongoing denuclearization negotiations with North Korea. Mattis met Friday with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera,...
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People bicycle past a giant TV screen broadcasting the meeting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Kim is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
June 19, 2018 - 9:48 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can fully implement the outcome of last week's nuclear summit at which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization in exchange for U.S. security guarantees. State...
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, a Yemeni soldier allied to the country's internationally recognized government unslings his machine gun on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen's yearslong war between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition backing its exiled government has escalated with an assault on the insurgent-held port city of Hodeida. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)
June 15, 2018 - 4:40 am
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has urged the United Nations Security Council to warn parties to the Yemen war that they will face sanctions if they fail to provide civilians access to desperately needed aid. The call from Human Rights Watch comes as a Saudi-led coalition tries to retake...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens a question from a reporter during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
June 14, 2018 - 1:27 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The United States will not ease sanctions against North Korea until it denuclearizes, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, as he reassured key Asian allies that President Donald Trump had not backed down on Pyongyang's weapons program. Pompeo, meeting in Seoul with top South...
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