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U.S. will aim to block Russia, China from violating Iran sanctions – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2020. (AP) August 21, 2020 The United States is prepared to block Russia and China from any attempts to violate sanctions on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on [...]

By |August 21st, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Pompeo warns Russia, China against ignoring move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (REUTERS) August 20, 2020 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday. Pompeo will [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

UN crisis looms as US readies demand for Iran sanctions

Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, July 20, 2015. (AP) August 19, 2020 After a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the United States is poised to call for the United Nations to reimpose sanctions on Iran [...]

By |August 19th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

China welcomes Putin’s proposed summit on Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Nov. 23, 2015. (Reuters) August 18, 2020 China welcomed on Monday to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposed summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran. The United [...]

By |August 18th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Tehran welcomes Russian, Chinese support

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (AP) August 17, 2020 Iran welcomed the Russian and Chinese stances which hindered the Security Council from extending the arms’ embargo imposed on Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was the first time that a US-drafted resolution at the UN Security Council was turned down as he described [...]

By |August 17th, 2020|East Asia, Russia|

Russia has enough influence to get Iran out of Syria

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. (AP) August 15, 2020 James Jeffrey, the US envoy for Syria, said on Thursday that Russia had enough leverage to bring the Assad regime to the negotiating table and push Iran-led forces out of the country. Mr Jeffrey, the White House point man for the [...]

By |August 15th, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Putin suggests seven-way virtual summit to avoid ‘confrontation’ over Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during a signing ceremony after the talks in Tehran, Nov. 23, 2015. (Reuters) August 14, 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proposed holding a seven-way online summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council together with Germany and [...]

By |August 14th, 2020|Russia|

UN Security Council starts Iran arms embargo vote

UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, New York, May 22, 2018. (UN) August 14, 2020 The UN Security Council kicked off voting Thursday evening on a US resolution that would indefinitely extend the UN arms embargo on Iran, a measure strongly opposed by Russia and China. [...]

By |August 14th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

Guns, glory and plausible denial: How Russia armed Hezbollah in Syria

Souvenir mugs featuring Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah are seen for sale in old Damascus, Syria, Febr 8, 2016. (AP) By Hannah Somerville August 13, 2020 In early 2015, at the height of the Syrian civil war, a quiet ripple went through some quarters of [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Lebanon, Russia, Syria|

Iran nuclear deal at risk as U.N. council prepares to vote on arms embargo

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (Reuters) August 11, 2020 The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and [...]

By |August 11th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, USA|