Sanctions and embargoes

In this Tuesday, July 2, 2019 photo, motorists pass by a Popular Mobilization poster of volunteer militants who were killed in Iraq fighting Islamic State militants in Basra, Iraq. The Iraqi government's move to place Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces is a political gamble by a prime minister increasingly caught in the middle of a dangerous rivalry between Iran and the U.S., the two main power brokers in Iraq. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
July 04, 2019 - 3:55 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 12:25 a.m. A European diplomatic official says that talks at all levels with Iran are in progress. But the official says if nothing changes, they could decide to trigger a dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear accord...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2018 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark "National Nuclear Day," in Tehran, Iran. As Iran prepares to break through limits set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, each step narrows the time its leaders would need to have enough highly enriched uranium for an atomic bomb -- if they chose to build one. By Thursday, June 27, 2019, Iran says it will have over 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium in its possession, which would mean it had broken out of the atomic accord. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)
July 01, 2019 - 9:34 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran said Monday, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from...
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President Donald Trump talks during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 1, 2019, with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. The president signed a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 01, 2019 - 7:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With North Korea, President Donald Trump puts on the charm. But with Iran, he cranks up the pressure with economic sanctions and a stronger military presence in the Persian Gulf. He warned its leaders Monday they are "playing with fire." Nuclear weapons are at the heart of the...
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In this Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas after their talks in Tehran, Iran. Zarif acknowledged Monday, July 1, 2019, Iran had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
July 01, 2019 - 1:01 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Efforts by world powers to preserve a 2015 landmark nuclear deal with Iran grew more complicated Monday with confirmation that Tehran had breached the pact's limitations on stockpiles of low-enriched uranium. The announcement by Iran, later verified by the United Nations' nuclear...
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People watch a TV screen showing the U.S. President Donald Trump, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center right, at the border villages of Panmunjom, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 30, 2019 - 7:03 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans watched the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday with a mixture of hope and skepticism, wondering whether it will be enough to relieve their biggest security concern — North Korea's nuclear weapons...
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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun sits during a meeting with South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 28, 2019. Biegun arrived Thursday for a four-day visit ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
June 28, 2019 - 4:59 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea reaffirmed Friday that Washington is ready to hold talks with the North, South Korea's government said, as North Korea escalates its calls for the U.S. to make new proposals to resolve the impasse in their nuclear diplomacy. Stephen...
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Brian Hook , the U.S. special envoy for Iran, gestures during an interview in Paris, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Brian Hook is meeting with top French, German and British diplomats in Paris for talks on the Persian Gulf crisis at a time when European powers are trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)
June 27, 2019 - 3:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — The United States does not want a full-blown war with Iran, although it still is seeking to build up international defenses in the region just in case of a conflict, President Donald Trump's special envoy to the country said Thursday. The big question is whether other countries are...
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, speaks with acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper during a meeting of the coalition to defeat Islamic State militants at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
June 27, 2019 - 12:38 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies gave the U.S. no firm commitments that they will participate in a global effort to secure international waterways against threats from Iran, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, wrapping up his first alliance meeting. Esper said the U.S. will come back next...
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In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019, photo, South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul listens to a question during a group interview at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. and North Korea both feel the need to resume diplomacy and are trying to narrow their differences for new summit talks, Kim said as he contrasted their efforts with the tensions surrounding Iran's collapsing nuclear accord. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 27, 2019 - 2:16 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and North Korea feel the need to resume diplomacy and are trying to narrow their differences for new summit talks, a top South Korean official said Wednesday as he contrasted their efforts with the tensions surrounding Iran's collapsing nuclear accord. Unification...
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Acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper, right, greets Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar prior to a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
June 26, 2019 - 5:29 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made it clear to Turkey on Wednesday that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, as the standoff between the two NATO allies dragged on. Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister...
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