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A woman uses her phone as she passes by the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing, China, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

Aug. 7, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their lowest levels in decades. President Donald Trump and his...

Iran indifferent to Trump envoy's quitting amid embargo push

Aug. 7, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry on Friday expressed indifference to the change in the Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran, alleging that the new U.S. official in the post would be no different from his predecessor. The envoy, Brian Hook announced his departure on Thursday, a day...

US ambassador says Iran is world No. 1 sponsor of terrorism

Aug. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called Iran “the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism” on Thursday and warned Russia and China that they will become “co-sponsors” if they block a resolution to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, Hook told journalists Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump's Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

Aug. 6, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran is stepping down just as the United States tries to moves ahead with a major diplomatic effort that would extend a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran in the face of widespread international opposition. Brian Hook announced his departure...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Pompeo: US to call UN vote on Iran arms embargo extension

Aug. 5, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will press ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. The decision sets the stage for a potential crisis at the U.N. Security...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech before war veterans in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, July 27, 2020, marking the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim said his country’s hard-won nuclear weapons were a solid security guarantee and a “reliable, effective” deterrent that could prevent a second Korean War, state media reported Tuesday. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

UN experts: North Korea flouts sanctions on nukes, missiles

Aug. 4, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program and by exporting coal and illegally importing refined petroleum products in excess of its annual quota. The experts said in key sections of a report obtained Tuesday...

Iran hits hawkish US expert with symbolic sanctions

Aug. 2, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday imposed symbolic sanctions on a hawkish former expert with the White House National Security Council, Iranian state media reported. A statement from Iran's Foreign Ministry said the sanctions on Richard Goldberg were implemented because of his role in what it called...

In this picture released by an official website of the Office of the Iranian Supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, July 31, 2020. Khamenei said Friday his country will not negotiate with the United States because America would only use talks for propaganda purposes. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Supreme leader says Iran won't negotiate with US

Jul. 31, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday his country will not negotiate with the United States because America would only use talks for propaganda purposes. The Trump administration has said it is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions,”...

First-ever EU cyber sanctions hit Russian, Chinese, NKoreans

Jul. 30, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed its first-ever sanctions over cyberattacks, slapping them on alleged Russian military agents, Chinese cyber spies and organizations including a North Korean firm. The six people and three groups hit with sanctions include Russia’s GRU military...

EU prolongs North Korea nuclear sanctions for a year

Jul. 30, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday prolonged sanctions against dozens of North Korean officials and agencies for a year over Pyongyang’s continued efforts to develop nuclear missiles and other weapons of mass destruction. EU headquarters said in a statement that the asset freezes and...