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19th December 2017 - i24 News

The Rundown

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses Iranian attempts to evade US sanctions on i24's The Rundown.

4th December 2017 - Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Accuses Chinese Banks, but Treads Lightly

The Trump administration is locked in a diplomatic quandary as it tries to pressure North Korea: How to sanction Pyongyang’s top ally and patron—China—without alienating an economic powerhouse that is arguably the best hope to slow its rogue nuclear-weapons program.

1st December 2017 - Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

‘Major sanctions’ coming against North Korea

Trump didn't specify what country would impose additional sanctions. "Perhaps more restrictions can be placed on [North Korean] laborers [working in China] or they can be banned completely", he said. Newburgh Gazette...

1st December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Calls for Oil Ban and Complete Diplomatic Isolation of North Korea

Mathew Ha

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday following North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the thirteenth meeting of the Security Council this year. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for the body to isolate...

30th November 2017 - Quoted by Nirmal Ghosh - Straits Times

As time runs out, analysts doubt harsher sanctions can stop Pyongyang

The United States has responded to North Korea's third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, its most powerful yet, with a call for all nations to cut off diplomatic and trade ties with Pyongyang.

30th November 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Shane - CNN Money

North Korea’s economy: What’s left for Trump to sanction?

President Trump says he's getting ready to turn up the heat on North Korea again. But after a heavy clampdown on Kim Jong Un's regime this year, what options are left?

29th November 2017 - Fox News

It’s time to ramp up the pressure on North Korea and China after latest missile test

North Korea’s third successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday should prompt President Trump to quicken the pace of his policy of putting “maximum pressure” on the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

24th November 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

North Korean economy keeps humming despite ever-tighter sanctions

Despite years of ever-tighter international sanctions, North Korea's economy has proven resilient and seems to have fended off the suffering President Trump has sought to halt the country's nuclear program.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Hamish Macdonald - NK News

North Korea responds to state sponsor of terrorism listing

Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls SSOT listing a "provocation," vows to hold onto nuclear weapons.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Donna Borak - CNN Money

Trump administration slaps more sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration intensified pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to disband his nuclear weapons program by imposing another round of sanctions -- this time, on one Chinese businessman and several North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels.

21st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Qods Force counterfeit cash operation

The US Treasury Department designated a counterfeit ring that has procured material and equipment to help finance the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) operations in Yemen. This announcement answers an important question about at least one of force's method of financing its...

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Jesse Johnson - The Japan Times

U.S. relisting of North Korea as state sponsor of terror seen as symbolic step with limited impact

The decision by the United States to relist North Korea’s “murderous regime” as a state sponsor of terrorism hands Washington and Tokyo a symbolic victory, but will do little to solve the nuclear crisis roiling the Korean Peninsula, experts say.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Dan Merica, Jeremy Diamond and Zachary Cohen - CNN

Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Joel Schectman and David Brunnstrom - Reuters

U.S. sanctions 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations Washington accused of helping evade nuclear restrictions against Pyongyang and supporting the country through trade of commodities like coal.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Leandra Bernstein - Sinclair Broadcasting Group

‘Maximum pressure’: Trump sanctions North Korea, China after state visit

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his administration's "maximum pressure campaign" this week by re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and imposing new economic sanctions on four Chinese shipping companies and over a dozen North Korean entities and shipping vessels. The...

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Jackie Northam - NPR

U.S. To Impose More Sanctions On North Korea, But How Effective Will They Be?

When President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. intends to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, he said the U.S. will also announce the imposition of additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Pennington and Zeke Miller - The Associated Press

President Trump Declares North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader’s half brother in February.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Hamish Macdonald - NK News

U.S. designates North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism

The U.S. has re-designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (SSOT), President Donald Trump announced on camera at a cabinet meeting on Monday. Trump added that the U.S. Department of the Treasury will announce further financial measures against North Korea on Tuesday, accompanying...

15th November 2017 - Quoted by Valentina Pasquali -

Iranian Finances Targeted Again by US Legislation

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a pair of bills to increase visibility on certain Iranian assets and transactions, the latest of a series of congressional measures against the Islamic Republic after global sanctions against the country were lifted last year.

13th November 2017 - The Hill

Thanks to US pressure, Maduro’s reckoning is coming

On Thursday, the U.S. used its latest round of sanctions on 10 current and former government officials to emphasize its commitment to denouncing fraudulent elections in Venezuela as well as promoting the human rights of those suffering under Maduro’s corrupt regime. By continuing to...


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