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    Republicans are criticizing President Biden’s move to give up on a Trump-era push to reimpose United Nations sanctions on Iran, as the administration takes a warmer tone toward Tehran. "This is outrageous and dangerous. Biden just legalized Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping selling arms to Iran," Rep Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said. "Why?" POMPEO, OTHER CRITICS PAN BIDEN WH OFFER TO RESTART IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS "I agree Joe," responded Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., who is on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees. "Why is Biden lifting U.N. sanctions banning Putin from selling arms to Iran? Seems to warrant an investigation…" The reaction comes to a move by the Biden administration to end the Trump administration’s position on the "snackback" of U.N. sanctions on Tehran. The Trump administration triggered the "snapback" mechanism in August, which would restore all U.N. sanctions that expired under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. That move came after...
    More On: iran Pompeo slams White House over desire to restart Iran nuclear talks US ready to talk about rejoining Iran nuclear deal Iranian skier makes appeal for women’s rights in her country Contractor killed, service member wounded in rocket strike near US base in Iraq Israel warned that the Biden administration’s willingness to restart negotiations with Iran about rejoining the 2015 nuclear accord “will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal,” according to a report. “Israel remains committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and its position on the nuclear agreement has not changed,” the Prime Minister’s Office said, the Jerusalem Post reported.“Israel believes that going back to the old agreement will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal. Israel is in close contact with the United States on this matter,” it added. On Thursday, the State Department said Washington would accept an invitation to meet with...
    VIDEO2:5002:50U.S. sanctions on Myanmar could hurt efforts to counter China, says analystSquawk Box Asia SINGAPORE — U.S. sanctions on Myanmar following this week's military coup could open the door for China to extend its influence in the Southeast Asian country, said an analyst from geopolitical consultancy Stratfor. President Joe Biden has threatened sanctions and condemned the military takeover that occurred on Monday. Citing election fraud, Myanmar's military detained several elected officials including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and declared a one-year state of emergency.A soldier stands guard in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw after the country's military seized control and detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.STR | AFP | Getty ImagesWhile the U.S. doesn't have a large economic interest in Myanmar, its Asian partners such as Japan, South Korea and India have expanded business and military presence there, said Rodger Baker, senior vice president for strategic analysis at...
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    The Trump administration and Congress are racing to stop Russia from finishing the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany. With bipartisan backing, Congress will pass expanded sanctions as part of its annual defense policy bill to prevent Russia from restarting the $11 billion pipeline. The nearly completed pipeline faced a round of sanctions approved by Congress in last year's National Defense Authorization Act, which has helped to halt construction for the past year. It is roughly 100 miles short of completion. Construction on the underwater pipeline in the Baltic Sea is set to restart on Dec. 5, a spokesman for the project recently said. Russia is likely to stop at nothing to finish it. But opponents intend to keep the pressure on and expect President-elect Joe Biden to continue opposition to the pipeline because of its potential to increase Europe's reliance on Moscow. "Even if...
    By Robin Emmott and John Irish BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - France is leading a push for European Union sanctions on Turkey next month to follow through on a threat made by the bloc in October, but has yet to win support from EU governments beyond Greece and Cyprus, officials and diplomats said. Paris says Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has not heeded EU leaders' warnings on Oct. 1 to back down in a dispute over gas exploration in the Mediterranean or face consequences. The European Parliament on Thursday is expected to call for sanctions, decrying Erdogan's visit earlier this month to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the island of Cyprus. "Turkey knows what it needs to do," France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a French parliamentary hearing this week. "Confrontation or collaboration, it's up to them."  The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticised the EU for discussing sanctions, saying such debate...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency arrived in Iran on Monday to press for access to sites where authorities are thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material. The visit comes as the U.S. is pushing to “snapback” U.N. sanctions on Iran for allegedly violating its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from more than two years ago. Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the other signatories to the deal, have declared the U.S. action illegal, saying it can’t withdraw from a deal and then use the U.N. resolution that endorsed it to re-impose sanctions. Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will meet with Iranian officials on Tuesday and Wednesday. The IAEA repeatedly found Iran in compliance with the agreement until last year, when Tehran started openly exceeding some of the deal’s limits...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday that an upcoming visit this week by the head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency to Tehran has nothing to do with a U.S. push to impose so-called “snapback” sanctions on Iran. The Trump administration last week dismissed near-universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure. The U.S. argues that Iran has violated the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal, a charge Tehran has dismissed. Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted on Sunday Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, Kazem Gharibadadi, as saying that the visit this week is “neither related to the...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States has no right to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, the Iranian foreign minister said in a letter to the United Nations, calling on members of the Security Council to reject Washington's push. "The letter has been submitted to the head of U.N. Security Council by Iran's envoy," state TV quoted the foreign ministry as saying. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger 'snapback' of all U.N. sanctions on Iran at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he would be going to the United Nations "soon" to begin the process of triggering snapback sanctions on Iran, setting up a likely clash with other members of the UN Security Council.The US wants to reimpose sanctions related to the Iran nuclear deal after suffering an embarrassing loss Friday in the Security Council trying to extend an arms embargo on Tehran that expires in October.The process is expected to be messy, as China and Russia openly oppose the effort to snap back sanctions, and other parties to the deal -- Germany, the UK, France -- are also against the move. All of them question the legality of the US trying to reimpose sanctions under the 2015 nuclear pact, which the Trump administration announced it was leaving in May 2018. "This will be a fully valid, enforceable UN Security Council resolution," said Pompeo...
    The Greek government is preparing to push the European Union to introduce sanctions against Turkey if the country’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean continue. The Greek and Turkish governments are expected to renew talks on August 24th. But Greece is wary that the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not halt its planned seismic research in the Greek exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to raise the issue at an EU leaders conference this week. But according to a report from newspaper Kathimerini, the government is waiting until an informal foreign ministers summit later this month to push for sanctions. Macron Backs Potential Sanctions Against Turkish Action in the Mediterranean https://t.co/MGnOGgZPlz — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 24, 2020 The paper notes that the 27th is the deadline for a Turkish government response to a request from the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) which wants to conduct...
    Any unilateral move by the US could cause a diplomatic crisis among the UN Security Council – Sarah Silbiger /Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump said that he intended to push through a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran, a day after the UN Security Council rejected a U.S. effort to extend a UN arms embargo on Tehran. “We’ll be doing a snapback,” Trump said during a news conference at his New Jersey golf club on Saturday. “You’ll be watching it next week.” The U.S. president was apparently referring to the contentious argument that the U.S. remains a “participant” in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – despite having withdrawn from it in 2018 – and can therefore unilaterally force a return to sanctions if Washington considers that Iran has violated the terms of the deal. The nuclear deal, which was signed in July 2015, has been under massive pressure since the U.S....
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council resolution. In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord reached by the Obama administration, dubbing it "the worst deal ever." WHY DOES THE UNITED STATES WANT TO EXTEND...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council resolution. In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord reached by the Obama administration, dubbing it “the worst deal ever.” WHY DOES THE UNITED STATES WANT...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. efforts to get the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Tehran would fail, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Wednesday, a day after U.S. officials circulated a revised proposal. Washington streamlined its bid on Tuesday to win more support in the 15-member Security Council but it is unlikely to overcome opposition by veto powers Russia and China to extending the weapons embargo that ends in October under Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers. "Until today, the U.S. has failed politically, and it will fail again...if such a resolution is passed...Its initiators will be responsible for the consequences,” said Rouhani, without elaborating on what Tehran's reaction could be. The new U.S. resolution would extend Iran's arms ban "until the Security Council decides otherwise," stating it is “essential to the maintenance of international peace and security”. The previous U.S....
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed “great hopes” Wednesday that a US bid to extend an arms embargo on his country will fail, warning of consequences if the UN Security Council backs it. Rouhani’s remarks came after Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said the US would have to redraft its proposed resolution on the issue after being “rebuffed” by Security Council members. The ban on selling weapons to Iran is set to be progressively eased from October under the terms of Resolution 2231, which blessed the Iran nuclear deal that world powers agreed in July 2015. But a UN embargo on materials and technology that Iran could use for its ballistic missile programme is to remain in place until 2023. The European Union has said it will continue to enforce its own embargo against Iran after the lifting of the first UN embargo. Under the accord officially known as the...
    (Reuters) - France will push for financial sanctions under the EU's 750 billion euro ($880 billion) coronavirus recovery fund against states that undermine fundamental human rights, its junior European affairs minister told the Financial Times newspaper https://on.ft.com/33iEmzj. "(We can't tell) French, Polish, Hungarian and European citizens that (we) can have financial solidarity in Europe and not care how the basic rules of democracy, free media, and equal rights are respected," Clement Beaune said in an interview published late on Sunday. The European Union is struggling to respond to what many in western Europe see as creeping authoritarianism on its eastern flank. The European Commission, EU lawmakers and activists have said freedoms are notably under threat in Poland and Hungary. Beaune told the newspaper that the EU must be tougher on breaches by those countries. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, warning that the Middle East’s stability was at risk, but he faced wide skepticism over US threats to trigger sanctions. The United States is adamant about prolonging the ban on conventional arms sales to its adversary which expires in October and has threatened to use a disputed legal move to force a return of UN sanctions on Iran. Russia and China, which stand to gain major arms contracts from Iran, oppose an extension of the embargo which was established for five years under a 2015 resolution that blessed a nuclear accord with Iran negotiated under former US president Barack Obama. Taking his case to the Security Council, Pompeo — an outspoken opponent of the nuclear accord — said that ending the ban would lead...
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