Latest Sanctions and embargoes News

US says anyone who 'touches' Iran tanker risks US sanctions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone who "touches," supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks U.S. sanctions. He told reporters Tuesday that if an Iranian supertanker that left Gibraltar on Sunday again heads to Syria, "we'll take every action we...

Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

Aug. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, with its next destination reported to be Greece. The Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1,...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela's socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 18, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official has told The...

The Latest: US unveils seizure warrant for Iranian tanker

Aug. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The U.S. government says it has a warrant to seize an oil tanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff because of violations of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes. The U.S....

UN probing 35 North Korean cyberattacks in 17 countries

Aug. 12, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country....

Venezuela's moribund economy shows a pulse amid US sanctions

Aug. 12, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Errol Irausquin is carving out a profitable niche with his burgeoning Fat Panda restaurant business in Venezuela's capital, despite an economic collapse that has driven millions from their crumbling homeland. Capitalizing on his success selling from a food truck, Irausquin brought...

Turkey criticizes US freeze on Venezuela assets

Aug. 9, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has voiced its disapproval of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, saying the move will make matters worse for ordinary Venezuelans who have suffered years of economic hardship. The United States this week froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S., putting the country on a...