Abe and Putin agree to strictly apply U.N.’s latest sanctions against North Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting in Danang, Vietnam, on Friday. | KYODO DANANG, VIETNAM – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to strictly implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea. Abe told reporters about the agreement just after meeting with Putin…

Resolving the Political Crisis in DR Congo

Testimony at the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Ida Sawyer, Director, Central Africa Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the invitation to testify. I appreciate your ongoing and bipartisan interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is at…

How Companies and Their Investors Pay Lip Service to UN Sanctions

by Enrico Carisch November 5, 2017 South Korean soldiers guarding the Panmunjom demilitarized zone  between South Korea and North Korea, to the rear. UN Security Council sanctions against entities doing business with North Korea have been selective. HENRIK ISHIHARA/CREATIVE COMMONS     If an investment, shareholding, credit or other financing tool benefits an enterprise or…

NZ aircraft maker pleads guilty to breaching U.N. sanctions on North Korea

  Reuters Staff WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand aircraft manufacturer Pacific Aerospace Ltd has plead guilty in a New Zealand court to indirectly exporting aircraft parts to North Korea, according to Fairfax Media. New Zealand Customs charged the Hamilton-based manufacturer earlier this year with unlawfully sending aircraft parts to North Korea, in breach of 2006…

Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest

Anne Gearan October 5 President Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) President Trump plans to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the…

A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer

By Joby Warrick October 1 at 9:24 PM North Korean soldiers carrying packs marked with a radioactive symbol take part in a 2013 military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea has been selling small arms around the world to bring in the hard currency it needs to survive. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)   Last August, a secret…

European ambassadors to U.S. back Iran nuclear pact

September 25, 2017 Patricia Zengerl WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The ambassadors to Washington from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union all strongly backed the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Monday, as long as Tehran continues to comply with the pact. U.S. President Donald Trump is weighing whether the 2015 deal serves U.S. security interests…

Trump’s UN speech in breach of UN charter, says Swedish FM

2017-09-20 Editor: Mu Xuequan STOCKHOLM, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s first United Nations (UN) address as “bombastic and nationalist,” saying the speech was “in breach of the UN charter.” Wallstrom commented on the speech soon after Trump stepped off the podium at the UN headquarters,…