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18th May 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

Further indictments “almost certain” in Zarrab case – Analyst

Aykan Erdemir

Further Turkish officials are highly likely to be indicted for involvement in the Iran sanction-breaking scheme led by Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, according to an article by Washington-based researcher and former Turkish deputy Aykan Erdemir.

18th May 2018 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Deconstructing the complex, yet sanguine, relations between Israel and the Czech Republic

Benjamin Weinthal

The transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 has spurred interest from several countries considering similar moves. Guatemala followed suit just two days later on May 16, and Paraguay and reportedly Honduras are planning to join their lead.

18th May 2018 - Quoted by Erik Rosales - CBN

Trump to Kim Jong Un: You’re Safe if You Deal, You’re Gone if You Don’t

Anthony Ruggiero

President Trump is addressing the latest tensions after plans for a historic summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un hit a setback this week.

18th May 2018 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

European Union ‘forbids companies from complying’ with US sanctions on Iran

Richard Goldberg

European leaders on Friday agreed on a plan that “forbids EU companies from complying” with U.S. sanctions on Iran, as part of an effort to blunt the effect of President Trump’s withdrawal from the pact.

17th May 2018 - Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Blutige Proteste gegen das Mullah-Regime

Saeed Ghasseminejad

In der Stadt Kazerun (900 Kilometer südlich von der Hauptstadt Teheran) sind am Mittwoch und Donnerstag hunderte Menschen auf die Straßen gegangen und haben gegen das Mullah-Regime demonstriert.

17th May 2018 - Quoted by Ilhan Tanir - Ahval

Turkish banker Atilla sentenced to prison: What’s next in the Zarrab case?

Jonathan Schanzer

A U.S. federal judge sentenced Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla to 32 months in prison for his part in a complex scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran that added to tensions between the United States and Turkey, but said he had been only a cog in the much wider plot.

17th May 2018 - Quoted by Jan Martinez Ahrens - El Pais

Trump responde a la amenaza de Corea del Norte sobre la cumbre: “Tendremos que ver si sigue”

Anthony Ruggiero

El horizonte se oscurece. Corea del Norte amenaza ahora con cancelar la cumbre entre su líder supremo, Kim Jong-un, y el presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, en Singapur el 12 de junio.

17th May 2018 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Senators: Turkey’s anti-Israel plot will fizzle in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Key senators are predicting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to generate Islamic hostility toward Israel will fail, in part because countries in the Middle East still see Iran as a greater threat to guard against.

17th May 2018 - Quoted by George Thomas - CBN

North Korea ‘Playing Hardball’ with Trump, Trying to Extort More Concessions Ahead of Summit

Mathew Ha

To many observers, North Korea's threat to cancel the upcoming historic summit between Kim Jong Un and president Donald Trump is another reminder of how untrustworthy the communist regime is.

17th May 2018 - Quoted by Sam Fleming, Philip Stafford, and Jim Brundsen - Financial Times

US and EU head for showdown over shutting Iran off from finance

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The US and EU are heading for a showdown over how to handle one of the linchpins of the global financial system following Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran.

16th May 2018 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen, Sophie Jeong, Yoonjung Seo - CNN

North Korea warns US as it suspends South Korea talks over military drills

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea has threatened to cancel the planned summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, saying the US should carefully consider the fate of the upcoming meeting, in view of what it calls "provocative military disturbances with South Korea,"...

16th May 2018 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

6 Big Issues on Trump’s Plate for UN and NATO Leaders

Bill Roggio

In a defining stretch of his presidency, Donald Trump will spend the next two days meeting with leaders of two international bodies he has criticized—the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

16th May 2018 - Quoted by Haley Britzky - Axios

U.S. further sanctions Hezbollah in retaliation against Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. joined six other countries on Wednesday in imposing additional sanctions against the senior leadership of Iranian-backed Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem.

16th May 2018 - Quoted by Michael Gordon, Nancy Youssef, and Jonathan Cheng - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Brushes Off Pyongyang’s Tough Talk, Proceeds With Planning for Summit

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump is still planning to hold a summit meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. officials said, brushing off sharp comments by one of Pyongyang’s senior diplomats that caught the Trump administration by surprise.

16th May 2018 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

North Korea buying time to hide nukes with threat to cancel U.S. summit, intel officials say

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s abrupt threat this week to pull out of the upcoming summit with President Trump was highly calculated, according to intelligence officials who say Pyongyang wanted to harden its negotiating position against a quick “Libya-style” surrender of its nuclear programs sought by...

15th May 2018 - Quoted by Josh Lederman - Associated Press

US intensifies pressure on Iran, sanctioning central banker

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The United States intensified its financial pressure on Iran on Tuesday, slapping anti-terror sanctions on the head of its central bank and barring anyone around the world from doing business with him.

15th May 2018 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Trump’s Cave to China’s ZTE Hurts His Iran Strategy

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

When President Donald Trump announced America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last week, he emphasized a broader message to foes and friends about U.S. credibility: "The United States no longer makes empty threats."

15th May 2018 - Quoted by Kyle Rempfer - Air Force Times

Air Force A-10s called in to hold off Taliban attack on major Afghan city

Air Force A-10 Warthogs were called in over Farah city, Afghanistan, Tuesday, in an attempt to prevent the city’s fall to Taliban forces during the first major assault against a provincial capital since the Taliban began their annual fighting season.

15th May 2018 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Qatar seeks ownership stake in conservative website ‘Newsmax’

Jonathan Schanzer

The Qatari government is seeking to acquire a $90 million stake in the conservative media outlet Newsmax, which is owned by U.S. President Donald Trump’s close friend Chris Ruddy, according to Politico. The development brings to light a recent change in Newsmax’s coverage of Qatar.

15th May 2018 - Quoted by Tom Davidson - Mirror

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over South Korea-US military drills

Olli Heinonen

North Korea has threatened to cancel the much anticipated Trump-Kim summit over the South Korea-US military drills.

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