Posts tagged as US

Three US diplomats held near Russian test site where mystery blast killed five

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Three American diplomats were briefly detained in Russia near the military test site where a mysterious explosion released radiation in August, several Russia state news agencies have reported. The US embassy has confirmed the incident, the Interfax news service reported, but said the three diplomats had filed the proper paperwork to travel in the area. The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomats had named a different city as their destination…

US delegation seeks Syria ceasefire after Trump undercuts mission

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A senior US delegation faces the mammoth task of pressuring Turkey to halt its offensive in north-east Syria or face sanctions, hours after Donald Trump said his country had no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as the US’s partners against Islamic State. The US vice-president, Mike Pence, is leading the delegation to Ankara, along with the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the White House…

Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight US sanctions

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to surmount U.S.-led sanctions on his country in state media reports Wednesday alongside evocative propaganda images of him riding a white horse seen as foretelling significant decisions as his own deadline for U.S. movement on nuclear talks is nearing. The images in his country’s official media showed a bespectacled Kim, wearing a long, light-brown coat and riding up snow-covered Mount Paektu on horseback.…

US Commerce Secretary praises Australia, criticizes China

Thursday, October 10, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross slammed China’s trade practices and trumpeted America’s economic relationship with Australia amid the festering trade war with Beijing. Ross told a business gathering in Sydney on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not want to use tariffs to get China to change its ways but felt it was necessary. The comments came as U.S. and Chinese officials prepared to resume trade talks in Washington…

Good luck? US, China to begin 13th round of trade talks

Thursday, October 10, 2019

U.S. and Chinese negotiators are scheduled to begin a 13th round of talks Thursday aimed at ending a 15-month trade war that is worrying global investors and weighing on the world economy. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will lead a delegation into meetings in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The world’s two biggest economies are deadlocked over U.S. allegations that China steals technology…

North Korea and US Diplomacy: Toward a New Paradigm

By Nicolas Jouan on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To the despair of international observers and amidst overwhelming international condemnation, North Korea is making its way toward a capable nuclear deterrence. On Thursday October 3, Pyongyang announced the successful testing of a long-range ballistic missile from an underwater platform, raising the prospect of an operational sea-based component to the country’s growing nuclear capabilities (which have so far been limited to the ground leg of the traditional triad). This new…

US sanctions squeezing Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

By Bassem Mroue on Friday, October 4, 2019

The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis. The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting…

North Korea says it will resume nuclear talks with the US this weekend

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

North Korea and the United States will resume nuclear negotiations this weekend, Pyongyang said Tuesday, a move that would break a seven-month long diplomatic deadlock. The two sides have been teasing plans to restart working-level talks since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met on the Korean border on June 30. But efforts remained stalled after the leaders failed to reach agreement in their previous summit…

US military to present several options to Trump on Iran

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. In a White House meeting, the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses, and he also will be warned that military action against…

US diplomat tells Lithuania not to glorify Holocaust collaborators

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cherrie Daniels, a US diplomat, has warned that the glorification of Holocaust collaborators in Lithuania undermines the country’s reputation and the memory of its true heroes, and promotes anti-Semitism. “Lithuania has been shaped into the proud democracy it is today because of the valiant actions of countless heroes throughout its history,” Cherrie Daniels, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues at the US Department of State, tweeted on Monday. “But every country has its…