When world powers agreed in 2015 to lift sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program, the deal’s supporters in the United States, Europe, and Tehran hoped renewed trade and investment could boost Iran’s private sector and weaken the state’s hold on the economy.
Two of the five Russians who the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Monday for human rights abuses are suspected by Britain of poisoning former Kremlin spy official Alexander Litvinenko with polonium a decade ago.
The State Department imposed sanctions on the son of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Thursday.
The U.S. Treasury Department is expanding sanctions to more Russian individuals and entities in connection to the conflict in Ukraine.
President Obama allowed legislation renewing sanctions against Iran to become law without his signature in an effort to assure Tehran the U.S. is not straying away from last summer’s comprehensive nuclear deal.
The United States has warned China it will blacklist Chinese companies and banks that do illicit business with North Korea if Beijing fails to enforce U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang, according to senior State Department officials.
Iran is threatening to walk away from the nuclear deal with the United States and pursue forms of retaliation, including a national boycott of American goods, as a result of Congress’s overwhelming vote on Thursday to level new sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, according to multiple comments by senior Iranian officials.
The United Nations Security Council voted on Wednesday to impose new sanctions against North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test in September.
Russian tankers have smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters, bolstering military supplies to a war-torn country where Moscow is carrying out air strikes in support of the government, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.