Iran and EU say Vienna nuke talks will summarize in coming days

TEHRAN, Iran — The European Union and Iran agreed on Saturday to resume negotiations in Vienna in the coming days over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. The agreement could help relieve tensions after the talks stalled for months, while Iran enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels under decreasing international oversight. At … Read more

Iran allows exchange stores to trade in foreign currency

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Central Bank is allowing licensed exchange offices to resume buying and selling foreign currency, days after traders protested over the worsening economic situation and the country’s currency dropped to its lowest value ever, state-run media reported Thursday. Since 2018, when Iran announced a ban on all trading by individuals at private … Read more

Venezuela president praises Iran fuel shipments during visit

TEHRAN, Iran — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on his first visit to Iran said the Islamic Republic helped his nation by sending badly needed fuel despite US sanctions and threats. In an interview with Maduro late Friday after his arrival, Iranian state media reported that Maduro hailed Iran’s move to send fuel tankers to his … Read more

US official vows ‘forceful response’ if N. Korea tests nuke

SEOUL, South Korea– US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Tuesday warned of a forceful response if North Korea carries out its first nuclear test explosion in nearly five years as she traveled to Seoul to meet with South Korean and Japanese allies and discuss the escalating standoff. US and South Korean officials have … Read more

West African leaders put off further post-coup sanctions

ACCRA, Ghana — West African heads of state put off further punishing the leaders of Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso at a regional summit Saturday, as coup leaders in all three countries continue to insist that it will take years before new elections can be held. The 15-nation regional bloc known as ECOWAS will agree … Read more

US goes after more Russian yachts linked to Putin in expanded sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council involving the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EAEU) heads of states via a video link in Moscow, Russia May 27, 2022. Sputnik | Reuters The Treasury Department on Thursday said it expanded its Russian sanctions to further crack down on Moscow’s access to yachts … Read more

US to seek new UN sanctions if North Korea holds nuke test

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said Tuesday it will push for additional sanctions on North Korea if it conducts a new nuclear test explosion. US, South Korean and Japanese officials have said North Korea could soon conduct its first nuclear test in nearly five years. On Thursday, China and Russia vetoed a UN resolution … Read more

China’s Russia dealings irk US, but don’t breach sanctions

BEIJING — China’s support for Russia through oil and gas purchases is irking Washington and raising the risk of US retaliation, foreign observers say, though they see no sign Beijing is helping Moscow evade sanctions over its war on Ukraine. Beijing’s importance as a lifeline to Russian President Vladimir Putin rose Monday after the 27-nation … Read more

Russia slams sanctions, seeks to blame West for food crisis

KYIV, Ukraine– Moscow pressed the West on Thursday to lift sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, seeking to shift the blame for a growing food crisis that has been worsened by Kyiv’s inability to ship millions of tons of grain and other agricultural products due to the conflict. Britain immediately accused Russia of … Read more

US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the US-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro By REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press May 17, 2022, 4:12 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article … Read more