Do Sanctions Really Work?

U.S. passes new sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran, but history shows a mixed record of success By Ian Talley and Brian McGill Published Aug. 2, 2017 at 11:16 a.m. ET Washington is moving ahead with new sanctions against Russia for interference in the 2016 U.S. election. North Korea and Iran also face more…

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Iran’s UN Envoy Tells Haley: Stop Ranting

Financial Tribune Sunday, August 20, 2017 The hardline positions adopted by senior US officials against Iran could further exacerbate instability in the region The hardline positions adopted by senior US officials against Iran could further exacerbate instability in the region The US envoy’s rhetoric represents the latest example of provocative words, outright threats and irresponsible…

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Diplomatic effort on DPRK nuclear issue “first and foremost”: U.S. top diplomat

Xinhua Editor: Lu Hui 2017-08-18 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd R) attends a joint press conference with visiting Japanese officials at the State Department in Washington D.C., the United States, on Aug. 17, 2017. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed on Thursday that diplomatic effort was “first and foremost” choice in solving…

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Dual suspension initiative “solution to Korean Peninsula issue”: Foreign Ministry

Xinhua Editor: Yang Yi 2017-08-17  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying (Photo source: fmprc.gov.cn) BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The “suspension for suspension” initiative is the most reasonable, fair and practical way to resolve the Korean Peninsula issue, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Thursday. Hua Chunying said the initiative, proposed by China, can…

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Neue Schmuggelroute zwischen Russland und dem Iran

Welt am Sonntag Von Christina Brause, Julia Smirnova, Walter Wolowelsk 14.08.2017 Satellitenaufnahme der iranischen Boeing auf dem Flugplatz von Khmeimim Quelle: privat Nach Erkenntnissen westlicher Geheimdienste umschifft Russland das Iran-Embargo. Teile für schwere, offensive Waffensysteme werden aus dem Iran via Syrien offenbar zur Wartung nach Russland gebracht. Russland und Iran verstoßen gemeinsam gegen die UN-Resolution…

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North Korea’s New High-Performance Missile Engines Likely Weren’t Made in Russia or Ukraine

However, U.S. intelligence has a good idea of the kind of engine North Korea is using in its new long-range missiles.  Ankit Panda August 16, 2017   The first stage of North Korea’s new intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasong-14 (KN20), and intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM), the Hwasong-12 (KN17), both use a variant of…

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Iran will go to pre-nuclear deal stage ‘in hours’ if sanctions return: Rouhani

TEHERAN TIMES August 15, 2017 TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran will quit nuclear agreement “in hours” and return to the previous stage if sanctions are re-imposed on the country. “They [Trump’s administration] must know that the defeated experience of sanctions dragged their former governments to the negotiating table and if…

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