Sanctions

WASHINGTON | Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

WASHINGTON  — A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions. The Justice Department says Kassim Tajideen appeared in court Thursday in Washington. The 63-year-old is accused of violating sanctions that barred him from doing business with Americans and U.S. companies because of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

MOSCOW | The Latest: Polish president backs new sanctions on Russia

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Polish President Andrzej Duda says his country would support international initiatives to enhance sanctions on Russia following its seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships. Duda, who arrived on an official visit to Bulgaria on Tuesday, said he had no doubt … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Polish president backs new sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS | EU calls for sanctions against Italy over budget

BRUSSELS — The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday that its budget plans are in serious breach of the rules underpinning the euro single currency and said that the country should face sanctions. The European Union’s executive arm, which supervises national budget plans, has invited eurozone countries to examine its assessment in two weeks and, … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU calls for sanctions against Italy over budget

WASHINGTON | US announces new sanctions over Russia’s action in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on three individuals and nine entities over what it said was Russia’s “malign” activity in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement Thursday that the sanctions “target Russian actors for serious human rights abuses” and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US announces new sanctions over Russia’s action in Ukraine

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran officials mock, warn US over renewed sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran — The “largest-ever” U.S. sanctions list targeting Iran drew mockery from Iranian officials on Tuesday for including mothballed Boeing 747s, a bank that closed years earlier and a sunken oil tanker that exploded off China months ago. However, the new list of sanctions, which also aims to cut Iran’s vital oil industry off … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran officials mock, warn US over renewed sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: Japan please to be spared sanctions penalties

TEHRAN, Iran  — The Latest on the situation in Iran after the re-imposition of all American sanctions on the country (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Japan says it is pleased to be temporarily spared from penalties as the U.S. resumes sanctions on Iran. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, however, told reporters Tuesday that Japan will … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: Japan please to be spared sanctions penalties

WASHINGTON | Pompeo to meet with NK counterpart Thursday in New York

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be traveling to New York on Thursday to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol. The State Department says the top U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will join Pompeo and Kim to discuss efforts toward what it calls “achieving the final, fully verified … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pompeo to meet with NK counterpart Thursday in New York