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N Korea: US ‘hell bent’ on hostility and ‘obsessed with sanctions’

N Korea: US ‘hell bent’ on hostility and ‘obsessed with sanctions’

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North Korea says the US is "hell bent" on hostile acts and "obsessed with sanctions" – three days after Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met in what Pyongyang called an "amazing event".A press statement from Pyongyang's UN Mission accused the US of trying to exert "overt pressure" and have the world's nations implement UN sanctions. It said the US and 23 other countries sent a letter to the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea demanding urgent action "under the absurd pretext of 'excess in the amount of refined petroleum imported"'. Image: North Korea says the US is obsessed with sanctions The US and the other countries accused North Korea of violating UN sanctions by importing more refined petroleum products
Trump signs off sanctions targeting Iran’s supreme leader

Trump signs off sanctions targeting Iran’s supreme leader

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US President Donald Trump has signed off "hard-hitting" sanctions against Iran which he says will target the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.The moves comes amid escalating tensions between the two countries after Tehran shot down an American drone last week. Speaking in the Oval Office at the White House, Mr Trump said he was signing an executive order to impose fresh financial sanctions due to Iran's "increasingly provocative actions". Image: Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran The president said Iran's supreme leader was responsible for "the hostile conduct of the regime" and the sanctions will deny him and his office "access to key financial resources and support"."Never can Iran ...
US-Iran: Trump announces ‘major’ sanctions amid tensions

US-Iran: Trump announces ‘major’ sanctions amid tensions

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The US will impose "major" additional sanctions on Iran in a bid to prevent the country obtaining nuclear weapons, President Donald Trump says.He said economic pressure would be maintained unless the leadership in Tehran changed course."We're putting additional sanctions on," he told reporters. "In [some] cases we are moving rapidly."It comes after Iran announced it would exceed internationally agreed limits on its nuclear programme.The limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium was set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. In return, relevant sanctions were lifted, allowing Iran to resume oil exports - the government's main source of revenue.But the US pulled out of the deal last year and re...
Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

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Iran is facing "unprecedented" pressure from international sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani has said.Renewed US sanctions had led to worse economic conditions than during the country's 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq, Mr Rouhani said.His comments came amid rising tensions with the US, which last week deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf.Mr Rouhani, who has come under domestic political pressure, called for political unity to face down sanctions."During the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases," Mr Rouhani told political activists in the capital, Tehran."The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our Islam...
Australia steps up surveillance to enforce sanctions against N. Korea

Australia steps up surveillance to enforce sanctions against N. Korea

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April 26 (UPI) -- Australia's defense ministry announced a maritime patrol to conduct surveillance enforcing sanctions against North Korea. A P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined surveillance operations in Japan, where the guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne is already deployed with international partners, the ministry said in a statement on Friday. Australia deployed maritime patrol aircraft to the Sea of Japan, which separates Japan from the Korean Peninsula, three times in 2018. The Australian deployment enforces United Nations sanctions against North Korea. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously passed resolutions condemning North Korea for its ongoing nuclear weapons program. The measures include a ban on sales of military equipment and any property convertible to military use, a fre...