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US pledges to strengthen Ukraine army, Russia sanctions to stay

US pledges to strengthen Ukraine army, Russia sanctions to stay

"Mr President, we continue to support Ukraine and remain committed to building the capacity of your armed forces," Mattis said after meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warns of quitting nuclear agreement

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warns of quitting nuclear agreement

Rouhani also criticszed US President Donald Trump for threatening to break the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

China appoints new envoy for North Korea issue

China appoints new envoy for North Korea issue

Kong Xuanyou, 58, is an ethnic Korean from the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang, who has overall responsibility for Asian affairs at the foreign ministry, according to his resume. 

 

3.5 million North Koreans sign up to fight against US

North Korea has a population of 25 million, with an army of between 700,000 and 1.3 million members.

 

US President Donald Trump wants elimination of nuclear weapons from world

US President Donald Trump wants elimination of nuclear weapons from world

Donald Trump said his administration will be increasing military budget by many billions of dollars because of the North Korean threat and other reasons.

 

North Korea ready to teach US 'severe lesson'

North Korea ready to teach US 'severe lesson'

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North Korea condemns UN sanctions, says no nuclear negotiations: Korean Central News Agency

North Korea condemns UN sanctions, says no nuclear negotiations: Korean Central News Agency

"If the US... Believes that it would remain safe because its mainland is an ocean away from us, nothing would be a bigger misjudgment than that," Pyongyang said.

South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-Wha open to meeting North Korean counterpart

Seoul last month proposed military talks with Pyongyang but the North refused to respond. Had they gone ahead, they would have been the first official inter-Korean talks since 2015.

 

UN Security Council to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

UN Security Council to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

If implemented by all countries, the ban would strip Pyongyang of roughly a third of its export earnings estimated at USD 3 billion per year, according to a diplomat familiar with the negotiations.

Iran says US breaching nuclear deal as President Hassan Rouhani starts new term

The mounting crisis creates a difficult position for  President Hassan Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who won re-election largely thanks to his efforts at repairing relations with the West.

US sanctions are 'trade war' on Russia: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Writing on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the sanctions package "ends hopes for improving our relations with the new US administration".

Iran boosts oil production, condemns new sanctions

Iran boosts oil production, condemns new sanctions

Iran announced a major boost in oil production Monday after the lifting of sanctions under its nuclear deal, while condemning new US measures against its missile programme.

India looks to raise oil imports from Iran as sanctions lifted

India looks to raise oil imports from Iran as sanctions lifted

With crippling international sanctions against Iran ending, India is looking to increase crude oil imports from the Persian Gulf nation and get oilfield contracts but faces an immediate USD 5.8 billion payout in past oil dues.

EU adds 11 people to Ukraine sanctions blacklist

The European Union on Thursday slapped a travel ban and asset freeze on 11 people allegedly linked to separatist violence in eastern Ukraine.

EU signs trade pact with Ukraine, threatens sanctions on Russia

The European Union signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.

France says proposed US fine on BNP Paribas 'unreasonable'

France's foreign minister on Tuesday labelled as "unreasonable" a USD 10-billion-dollar fine the US is reportedly seeking from BNP Paribas bank on charges of violating sanctions on Iran, Sudan and Cuba.