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October 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Pyongyang's recent pledge to give up its nuclear weapons program was a giant step, but it is now time to implement the agreement, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said before arriving in North Korea for three days of negotiations. Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said he would push for specifics on how Pyongyang planned to dismantle its arms program and a commitment to allow outside verification. He spoke during a refueling stop at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- An FBI affidavit alleging that state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) offered to set up an arms deal paints a starkly different picture of Yee than his public persona as a supporter of gun control and advocate against gun violence. In 2006, Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns to be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.
November 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono will seal a controversial arms sale to Venezuela despite U.S. opposition, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said. Bono will attend next week's signing in Caracas of an agreement to supply military aircraft and patrol boats to the South American country, she said. The U.S. ambassador to Spain said this week that Washington was still considering whether to allow the sale because the military goods contain U.S. technology.
September 18, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The ambitious U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough just days ago, hit its first delay Wednesday with indications that the Syrian government will not submit an inventory of its toxic stockpiles and facilities to international inspectors by this weekend's deadline. The State Department signaled that it would not insist that Syrian President Bashar Assad produce the list Saturday, the end of a seven-day period spelled out in the framework deal that Washington and Moscow announced last weekend in Geneva.
December 10, 1986 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
Jayne Ikard, a long-time Washington socialite and town observer, knew the Iranian arms deal had completely consumed the town when the gossip about it seeped into the city's one apolitical zone, the weight-lifting room at the YMCA. "You go there to do your quiet pumping of iron, and the next thing you know, these people who are into physical fitness and very me-oriented pause around the equipment and discuss the situation at the White House," said Ikard. "That is very unusual."
January 27, 1987 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan spent more than an hour Monday with the three-member investigative commission he appointed in the wake of the disclosure of the Iran- contra arms affair, reviewing his role in the operation, the growth of his Administration's policy toward Iran and U.S. foreign policy in general, the White House said.
January 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Swedish company A. B. Bofors and unidentified officials in the government of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were charged in New Delhi with bribery in connection with a $1.4-billion arms deal made in 1986. Bofors is accused of paying $50 million in kickbacks to win the contract.
December 10, 1986 | Associated Press
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said today that arms sales to Iran were America's idea and that Israel became involved only at Washington's request. His comment to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who was visiting Israel, was in line with an effort begun this week to dispel any impression that Israel initiated the operation, which has caused the most severe crisis of the Reagan Administration. President Reagan has said the arms deal was initiated by "a third country."
June 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Peruvian congressional committee accused the new armed forces chief of involvement in an irregular arms deal. In a final report after a seven-month investigation, the panel accused Gen. Miguel Medina of falsifying information about the 1996 purchase of Russian MIG-29 jets. Irregularities in the purchase generated an $80-million kickback, the report said. Medina allegedly said the jets were newer than they were.
February 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. and Russian negotiators are working "under pressure" to solve their differences and make a nuclear arms deal ready by a presidential summit in May, but they remain at odds over Russian cooperation with Iran, a U.S. diplomat said. U.S. and Russian negotiators face "a number of difficult issues, questions of how exactly to account for the offensive strategic warheads, measures of transparency, verification," U.S. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton said after two days of talks in Moscow.
September 15, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Clashes flared across Syria on Sunday, and mortar shells fell on Damascus, highlighting a violent and intractable reality: The nation's bloody civil war is no closer to resolution, despite a landmark U.S.-Russia deal designed to rid Syria of chemical armaments. Various officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, acknowledged that the chemical weapons accord, while significant, will probably do little in the short term to stop the killing, overwhelmingly the result of conventional weapons - bullets and artillery shells, bombs and rockets.
December 3, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Hoping to salvage his arms control legacy, President Obama called Monday for the renewal of a major post-Cold War agreement between the United States and Russia to secure and dismantle nuclear weapons left over from the former Soviet Union. In an appeal aimed at Moscow, Obama offered to renegotiate terms of the 20-year-old threat-reduction initiative known for its chief sponsors, former Sen. Sam Nunn and outgoing Sen. Richard G. Lugar, and use it as a template for future U.S. cooperation with Russia.
October 19, 2011 | By Richard Bush
The Obama administration informed Congress last month that it would proceed with the upgrade of Taiwan's fleet of 145 F-16 jet aircraft. The decision is controversial. China firmly opposes any U.S. effort to assist Taiwan militarily. Although Taiwan expressed gratitude for the decision, it had sought 66 new F-16s in the more advanced C/D models (it now has the A/B models). Taiwan's friends in Congress and defense contractors had argued for the C/Ds. Taipei's disappointment belies the fact that this decision constitutes a real contribution to Taiwan's security and underscores the U.S. commitment to Taiwan.
October 21, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of plans to sell Saudi Arabia as much as $60 billion worth of arms in a deal aimed at bolstering regional defenses against an ascendant Iran. The agreement, which will stretch out as long as 20 years, would be the largest U.S. arms sale ever, if Saudi Arabia buys all that has been authorized. It would make the kingdom's aging jet fighter fleet among the most capable in the world, without adding so much long-distance attack capability as to worry Israle that the weapons could be used against it. Israeli officials have not objected to the sale.
February 11, 2010 | By Richard Bush
Not surprisingly, China is responding badly to the Pentagon's $6-billion arms sale to Taiwan. The Beijing government has suspended security exchanges with the Pentagon and promised to sanction American defense companies. Chinese scholars and other commentators see nefarious motives in the U.S. action and warn of negative consequences. Some call for tough retaliation. High dudgeon is in season. In Washington, some worry that Beijing will withdraw its cooperation on matters of real importance to the United States, such as Iran and North Korea.
October 29, 2009 | Devorah Lauter
Convicted of profiting from illicit arms sales to Angola, a former French interior minister is roiling the political establishment by accusing other officials of knowing about the deal and demanding that the government open secret files to prove him right. Charles Pasqua, the former minister who now is a member of France's Senate, and Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, son of a former president, were among 36 people found guilty Tuesday of knowingly profiting from or facilitating the unauthorized $790-million sale in the 1990s.
February 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Helmut Kohl's government withheld records about an arms deal under scrutiny for possible kickbacks, a German prosecutor told parliamentary investigators Thursday. The contract for tank sales to Saudi Arabia is among several deals being examined by a parliamentary committee set up to determine whether political donations influenced decisions under Kohl, whose 16-year tenure as Germany's chancellor ended in 1998.
June 5, 1996 | From Washington Post
The Clinton administration is close to completing a three-cushion arms-export shot that would deliver F-16 combat jets to Indonesia and give the money from the sale to Pakistan, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Completion of the transaction would go a long way toward ending a long-standing dispute between Washington and Islamabad, but it is drawing criticism from human rights advocates, who oppose military sales to Indonesia because of that country's occupation and repression of East Timor.
April 7, 2009 | Tony Perry
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October 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Taiwan's president welcomed a U.S. decision to sell the island up to $6.5 billion in advanced weaponry, while China warned that the move would damage relations between Beijing and Washington. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei summoned U.S. diplomatic representatives to make a strong protest, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry's website. The White House announced the package, which includes Apache helicopters and Patriot III missiles, in a notification to Congress on Friday.
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