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FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. North Korea on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, says it is rethinking whether to abide by its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests and other steps aimed at improving ties with the U.S. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 16, 2019 - 6:55 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry...
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, talks to Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell during a European Foreign Affairs meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Monday, July 15, 2019. European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 15, 2019 - 1:03 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the...
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This undated Ministry of Defence handout shows the HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, which will relieve HMS Montrose in the region as Iran threatens to disrupt shipping. Iran on Friday, July 12, 2019 demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a “dangerous game” and threatening retribution. British media reported a second warship, the destroyer HMS Duncan, was being sent to the Persian Gulf to operate alongside the Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose frigate and American forces, and would be there in a few days. The British Ministry of Defense refused to comment. (Ben Sutton/Ministry of Defence via AP)
July 14, 2019 - 7:58 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said late Saturday. The comments by Jeremy Hunt could help de-escalate...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club event at the British Embassy in Washington. Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday, July 10, 2019, just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump caused embarrassment to two countries that often celebrate having a "special relationship." The resignation of Kim Darroch came a day after Trump lashed out at him on Twitter describing him as "wacky" and a "pompous fool" after leaked documents revealed the envoy's dim view of Trump's administration. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
July 14, 2019 - 6:01 am
LONDON (AP) — A U.K. newspaper published more leaked memos from Britain's ambassador in Washington on Sunday, despite a police warning that doing so might be a crime. In one 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. ambassador Kim Darroch says President Donald Trump pulled out of an...
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, right, holds a press conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
July 13, 2019 - 12:27 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The European Union supports an Iraqi proposal to hold a regional conference amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, the group's foreign policy chief said Saturday. Iraq is an ally of the two rival nations, which are on a collision course as the Iran nuclear deal...
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-we, seated second from left, pose with participants at the U.S. Taiwan Business Summit, Friday July 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 13, 2019 - 1:56 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Saturday defended a proposal to purchase $2.2 billion in arms from the U.S., following a Chinese announcement that it would sanction any American companies involved in the deal. U.S. weapons help strengthen Taiwan's self-defense in the face of a growing military...
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In this July 8, 2019, photo, acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon. The Pentagon says that Esper expects to be formally nominated for the top job very soon, setting off a complicated leadership replacement shuffle at top Army, Navy and senior Defense Department levels(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 12, 2019 - 5:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America's most advanced fighter jet...
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July 12, 2019 - 10:13 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday that it will refrain from signing a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, with the foreign minister arguing that the treaty "in its current form is not ready." Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the text has "no clear definition of nuclear...
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Kim You-geun, deputy chief of South Korea's presidential national security office, speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 12, 2019. South Korea proposed an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea. (Lee Yun-chung/Newsis via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 2:15 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it wants an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea. Kim You-geun, deputy chief of South Korea'...
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The Iranian flag waves outside of the UN building that hosts the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, office inside in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
July 11, 2019 - 2:49 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling for "maximum restraint" in the Persian Gulf region and warning all parties that a new confrontation "would be a...
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