Sanctions and embargoes

FILE - In this Thursday, March 1, 2018 file photo, Nikos Christodoulides speaks after taking the oath of office as Cyprus' new foreign minister during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus. Cyprus' foreign minister says on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, he's optimistic that the US will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation's contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
January 18, 2019 - 9:31 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' foreign minister says he's optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation's contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nicos...
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January 14, 2019 - 5:34 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump's threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey's economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America's commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands as they pose for a photo before talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. A special train believed to be carrying Kim Jong Un departed Beijing on Wednesday after a two-day visit by the North Korean leader to the Chinese capital. (Li Xueren/Xinhua via AP)
January 10, 2019 - 3:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly told the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula during a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The comments, contained in Chinese state media...
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A TV screen shows the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Moon has suggested he'll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with North Korea. The slug reads: "Basic pension expansion."(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 09, 2019 - 9:34 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's President Moon Jae-in urged North Korea to take firmer disarmament measures and the U.S. to reward them, suggesting Thursday he'll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with the North. Some experts say the sanctions...
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A sedan which is believed to carry North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves a train station with a convoy in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a four-day trip to China, the North's state media reported Tuesday, in what's likely an effort by Kim to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump that could happen early this year. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 08, 2019 - 4:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to meet Tuesday with China's president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim's trip, announced earlier by...
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In this undated image from video distributed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, by North Korean broadcaster KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim says he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans' patience with sanctions and pressure. (KRT via AP)
December 31, 2018 - 10:22 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans' patience with sanctions and pressure. During his televised New Year's speech, Kim...
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Protesters set up a barricade in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni Thursday Dec. 27, 2018. Police in eastern Congo have fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse dozens of people protesting a presidential election delay that means more than 1 million votes will not count. The protesters in Beni say the delay announced by Congo's electoral commission makes no sense. The delay of Sunday's election until March for Beni and Butembo city is blamed on a deadly Ebola outbreak. The rest of the country will vote on time. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
December 27, 2018 - 1:22 pm
BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's march toward Sunday's election took a nasty turn on Thursday as the government ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours after the EU prolonged sanctions against the ruling party's presidential candidate. Elsewhere, police fired live...
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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, center left, speaks to the media with South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon, center right, at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed optimism about the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis, a day after the North issued a surprisingly blunt statement saying it will never disarm unless the U.S. removes what it calls a nuclear threat. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 21, 2018 - 12:26 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed optimism about the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis, a day after the North issued a surprisingly blunt statement saying it will never disarm unless the United States removes what it...
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Israeli soldiers stand around the opening of a hole that leads to a tunnel that the army says crosses from Lebanon to Israel, near Metula, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Israel's prime minister Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it over attack tunnels it has dug into Israel. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
December 19, 2018 - 5:34 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday urged a special session of the U.N. Security Council to condemn the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and designate it a terrorist organization following the discovery of cross-border tunnels stretching into Israel. Following a stormy session, the council took...
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December 19, 2018 - 4:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say customs officials have arrested a Russian man on suspicion of exporting goods suitable for missile construction to "military recipients" in his home country. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday the 68-year-old man, identified only as Vladimir D. because of German...
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