Disarmament

FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference in Cincinnati. The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so. That’s according to an investigation by Senate Republicans released June 6. “The Obama Administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Portman, the subcommittee’s chairman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, file)
June 06, 2018 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After striking an elusive nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration found itself in a quandary in early 2016: Iran had been promised access to its long-frozen overseas reserves, including $5.7 billion stuck in an Omani bank. To spend it, Iran wanted to convert the money...
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June 06, 2018 - 7:25 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain, France and Germany have joined forces to urge the United States to exempt European companies from any sanctions the U.S. will slap on Iran after pulling out of an international nuclear agreement. In a letter dated Monday to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary...
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June 05, 2018 - 4:03 am
GENEVA (AP) — The United States is snubbing a session of the U.N.'s main disarmament body to protest Syria's turn to hold the rotating presidency. The move by Robert Wood, the U.S.'s ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, comes a week after he temporarily walked out as Syria kicked off its...
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President Donald Trump talks with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as they walk from their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 04, 2018 - 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barreling toward a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump has his sights set on a nuclear deal, leaving allies and advocates worried that he may give short shrift to human rights abuses and regional security concerns. With a week to go before the...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, address the media during a joint press conference as part of a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
June 04, 2018 - 1:45 pm
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she condemns a tweet from Iran's top leader saying that Israel is a "cancerous tumor" that needs to be removed and pledged to increase pressure on Tehran to scale back its military influence in the region. Speaking alongside Israeli Prime...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem Sunday, June 3, 2018 (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
June 04, 2018 - 3:07 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to Europe to rally support from key allies for amending the nuclear deal with Iran and for pushing Iranian forces out of neighboring Syria. He is to meet with leaders from Germany, France and Britain, beginning with German...
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, right, prepares to shake hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, June 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
June 01, 2018 - 6:07 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and China say they will do their utmost to keep afloat an international agreement to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons despite the U.S. abandoning the pact. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday that "we will be unswerving in upholding it." Speaking...
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South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, left, and North Korean delegation head Ri Son Gwon exchange documents signed an agreement during their meeting inside the Peace House at the southern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone Friday, June 1, 2018. North and South Korea on Friday resumed senior-level peace talks Seoul sees as an important step in building trust with Pyongyang amid a U.S.-led diplomatic push to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)
June 01, 2018 - 6:04 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold military and Red Cross talks later this month on reducing tensions and resuming reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The rivals also agreed at a meeting of senior officials at the border village of Panmunjom...
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In this image made from video, Kim Yong Chol, right, a former military intelligence chief who is now Kim Jong Un's top official on inter-Korean relations, walks through Beijing airport after his arrival Tuesday, May 29, 2018. He was at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s side at the table in last weekend’s North-South summit, and had been a prominent senior official in other important talks. It was not possible to confirm the reason for his visit to Beijing, or if he would be traveling on to another destination. (AP Photo)
May 29, 2018 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on preparations for a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Japan's U.N. ambassador says "maximum pressure" should be maintained on North Korea until it takes concrete actions toward eliminating its...
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Syria's Ambassador Houssam-Eddin Ala, President of the Conference on Disarmament, delivers his statement at the Conference on Disarmament at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
May 29, 2018 - 5:53 am
GENEVA (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the United Nations-hosted Conference on Disarmament says that Syria's presidency of the Geneva-based body is a "travesty." Referring to killings and chemical weapons attacks allegedly committed against civilians by the Syrian government, Robert Wood said Tuesday "...
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