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Elliot Abrams, U.S. special representative for Iran, talks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Abrams insisted Thursday a pressure campaign of sanctions targeting Iran would persist into the administration of Joe Biden, even as the incoming president has pledged to potentially return America to Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

US envoy insists pressure on Iran will persist under Biden

Nov. 12, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. special representative for Iran insisted Thursday that a pressure campaign of sanctions targeting Iran would persist into the administration of Joe Biden, even as the president-elect has pledged to potentially return America to Tehran's nuclear deal with...

In this Aug. 5, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Air Force, an F-35 fighter jet pilot and crew prepare for a mission at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The Trump administration has formally notified Congress that it plans to sell 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a broader arms deal worth more than $23 billion. (Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US plans sale of F-35 fighter jets to UAE in $23B arms deal

Nov. 10, 2020 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration formally notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to sell 50 stealth F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a broader arms deal worth $23 billion aimed at deterring potential threats from Iran despite concern in Israel. Secretary of State Mike...

China vows 'proper' response to US arms sale to Taiwan

Nov. 4, 2020 4:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China vowed Wednesday that it will make a “proper and necessary response” if the U.S. proceeds with its latest planned arms sale to Taiwan. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the sale of $600 million in armed drones to the island “brutally interferes in...

Taiwan's defense ministry spokesperson Shih Shun-wen speaks during a briefing in Taipei, Taiwan on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Taiwan said Tuesday that recent proposed of U.S. sales of missiles and other arms systems will boost the island's ability to credibly defend itself, amid rising threats from China. (AP Photo/Wu Taijing)

US approves Taiwan drone purchase as arms sales escalate

Nov. 3, 2020 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has notified Congress that it has approved the sale of $600 million in armed drones to Taiwan, the latest in a series of arms transfers for the island. The State Department said Tuesday it had Ok'd Taiwan’s purchase of four “weapons ready" remotely...

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump for re-election wave an American and an Israeli flag from a car headed for a rally outside of the U.S. Embassy, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

US allows Jerusalem-born citizens to put Israel on passports

Oct. 29, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The move came a day after the United States amended science accords signed with Israel to apply to...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference in Jerusalem.  Israel says, Friday, Oct. 23,  it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli leader confirms consent to US arms sales to UAE

Oct. 24, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday appeared to confirm that Israel has given its consent for the United States to sell F35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates following a recent agreement establishing diplomatic relations between the Mideast countries. The expected...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference in Jerusalem.  Israel says, Friday, Oct. 23,  it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel drops objection to US sale of 'certain' arms to UAE

Oct. 23, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Friday it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East. The statement released by Prime...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

Oct. 18, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States, which insists the ban remains in place. While Iran says it...