July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House voted 400-20 Wednesday to hit Iran with the toughest sanctions yet over its nuclear program, in a forceful rejection of arguments that Congress should refrain from new penalties pending international negotiations with the new Iranian government. The lawmakers adopted a bill that would basically block Iran from selling any oil abroad, after a year in which its exports have already been cut in half by international sanctions. Lawmakers said they wanted to send Tehran a strong signal before the negotiations, and didn't believe statements by Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, that he wants a better relationship with the West.
January 22, 2013 |
The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to freeze assets and ban travel for officials of North Korea tied to its December rocket launch, tightening sanctions on the isolated nation. The unanimous vote came more than a month after the successful launch. Though North Korean officials said the launch was lofting a satellite into space for peaceful purposes, South Korea and Western nations suspect that it was a way to test ballistic missile technology. The decision piles more penalties on what is already the most heavily sanctioned nation on Earth, adding to restrictions approved in 2006 and 2009.
August 4, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, said Sunday that his nation would not be intimidated by threats and demanded “respect” from the global community. “If you want the right response, it should not be through the language of sanctions, it should be through the language of discourse and respect,” Rouhani said in a pointed message to outside nations during his official swearing in at the parliament here. “Iran does not pursue war.” Rouhani, 64, a moderate cleric who was a surprise victor in June's elections, officially assumed office on Saturday but took the formal oath of office Sunday for his four-year term.
February 20, 2014 |
MOSCOW -- Russian officials and Kremlin-influenced media stepped up their accusations Thursday that Western countries were fomenting the violence in Ukraine and warned that sanctions imposed by the United States and under consideration by the European Union were tantamount to “blackmail.” A truce between the Ukrainian government and opposition protest leaders fell apart hours after it was reached late Wednesday. Renewed fighting between police and protesters took at least 22 lives Thursday, bringing the death toll from three days of fiery clashes in Kiev to about 50 and possibly more, opposition sources reported.
December 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration added 17 foreign companies and individuals to a federal blacklist Thursday for allegedly helping Iran evade economic sanctions, a move intended both to maintain pressure on Tehran during upcoming nuclear negotiations and to persuade skeptics in Congress that no more sanctions are needed. The State and Treasury departments announced the joint action shortly before Wendy Sherman, the chief U.S. diplomat at nuclear talks with Iran, appeared on Capitol Hill and vowed to "vigorously enforce" existing sanctions.
March 26, 2010 |
U.S. and European officials considering new sanctions against Iran have decided to set aside some of the harshest of the measures as they seek broader international agreement in United Nations Security Council negotiations, said diplomats involved in the talks. In particular, U.S. officials and their allies have decided to drop any attempt to impose a ban on the export or import of refined petroleum products, concluding that such a measure would be rejected by Russia, China and possibly other members of the Security Council, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
March 19, 2014 |
In 1919, after allied sanctions on food shipments had starved the Kaiser's Germany into submission, President Wilson endorsed the continued use of sanctions to settle international disputes as an "economic, peaceful, silent, deadly remedy. " Almost a century later, the weapon is more popular than ever, mostly because of a wholly mistaken belief that it makes the targets do what we want. Currently, the United States is enforcing no fewer than 24 separate sanctions regimes directed at targets ranging from the Balkans to Zimbabwe.
March 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry, denouncing what he called Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an “incredible act of aggression,” said the United States is considering an array of economic sanctions to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course or to punish him if he refuses. The decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to send troops to Crimea, a region of Ukraine, “is really a stunning willful choice by president Putin to invade another country,” said Kerry, speaking on CBS' “Face the Nation,” one of several Sunday morning public affairs shows on which he appeared.
January 3, 2013 |
One of Jerry Sandusky's victims in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal announced through his attorney on Wednesday that he was unhappy with the sanctions the NCAA placed on the school as punishment for its role in covering up the abuse. "Victim No. 4 was very disappointed when he learned of the NCAA sanctions several months ago," attorney Benjamin D. Andreozzi told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. "He was particularly upset the sanctions were so broad that they impacted people who had absolutely nothing to do with the abuse or the failure to properly report the abuse.
March 20, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Russian presidents imposed sanctions on each other's top aides and other government officials Thursday as the dispute over Crimea intensified and the White House worried publicly that Moscow might be positioning its military to seize more of Ukraine. Denouncing Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama said the Treasury Department would freeze any U.S. assets of 20 prominent Russians - including several officials close to President Vladimir Putin, some of the country's wealthiest businessmen - and a Moscow bank that gives financial support to the Russian leadership.