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Rouhani sees Iran, Iraq expanding trade despite U.S. sanctions

Rouhani sees Iran, Iraq expanding trade despite U.S. sanctionsIran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $ 20 billion from the current $ 12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, despite concerns over the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Rouhani’s remarks, after a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, came two weeks after the United States restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry as well as its banking and transportation sectors. “… through bilateral efforts, we can raise this figure (for bilateral trade) to $ 20 billion in the near future,” Rouhani said in comments broadcast live on state television.



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U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis over killing of journalist Khashoggi

U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis over killing of journalist KhashoggiAmong those sanctioned were Saud al-Qahtani, who has been removed from his position as a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi and members of a 15-person team Turkey has identified as being involved in Khashoggi’s death. The announcement was unusual for Washington, which rarely imposes sanctions on Saudi nationals. It also allows President Donald Trump’s administration to stop short of any action that might affect lucrative U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia that he has vowed to preserve.



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U.S. imposes sanctions for Khashoggi killing, Saudis seek death penalty

U.S. imposes sanctions for Khashoggi killing, Saudis seek death penaltyThe U.S. Treasury Department sanctions were the first concrete response by the Trump administration to Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October. Among those sanctioned were Saud al-Qahtani, who has been removed from his position as a top aide to the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi and members of a 15-person team Turkey has identified as being involved. The measure was unusual for Washington, which rarely imposes sanctions on Saudi nationals.



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U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis over killing of journalist Khashoggi

U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis over killing of journalist KhashoggiThe U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing last month of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the first concrete response by the Trump administration to the journalist’s death. Among those sanctioned were Saud al-Qahtani, who has been removed from his position as a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi and members of a 15-person team Turkey has identified as being involved in Khashoggi’s death.



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The Latest: Turkish envoy calls US sanctions on Iran unwise

The Latest: Turkish envoy calls US sanctions on Iran unwiseDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Iran after the re-imposition of all American sanctions on the country on Monday (all times local):



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U.S. doesn't want to harm friends, allies with Iran sanctions: Bolton

U.S. doesn't want to harm friends, allies with Iran sanctions: BoltonU.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday the Trump administration wants sanctions on Iran’s crude exports to strain Tehran, but does not want to harm countries that depend on the oil. The United States is preparing to impose the new sanctions on Iran’s oil industry after Washington withdrew from a nuclear deal between Tehran and other global powers earlier this year, but is also considering offering waivers to some allies that rely on Iranian supplies. “We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don’t want to harm friends and allies either,” Bolton said in a talk at the Hamilton Society.



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Punishing U.S. sanctions against Iran kick in Sunday

Punishing U.S. sanctions against Iran kick in SundayPunishing new U.S. sanctions against Iran take effect this weekend. The measures are aimed at quashing the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions, as well as its missile programs and influence in Syria. Elizabeth Palmer reports from Tehran.



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Macron says any Khashoggi sanctions should be at 'European level'

Macron says any Khashoggi sanctions should be at 'European level'French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained at odds on Saturday over the issue of halting lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The disagreement led to a rare dispute between the close European allies on Friday, when Macron implied that Berlin was engaging in “pure demagoguery” after Merkel announced a freeze on arms sales to Riyadh. The suspension would remain in place until the circumstances of the dissident’s murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul were clarified, she said.



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Rouhani Braces for Sanctions With New Ministers in Key Posts

Rouhani Braces for Sanctions With New Ministers in Key PostsIt’s drawn its sword from the sheath and points it in the faces of the people of Iran, and we have to battle and we have to fight and we have to be united,” Rouhani said in a speech to lawmakers ahead of the parliamentary vote aired on state TV. Rouhani is under mounting pressure to contain a currency crisis brought on by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.



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Trump’s Pressure on Kim Fades as Ally Floats Sanctions Relief

Trump’s Pressure on Kim Fades as Ally Floats Sanctions ReliefLately, though, there’s been more talk about relieving sanctions on Kim Jong Un’s regime. The latest sign came Wednesday after China said it had agreed with North Korea and Russia “it was time to start considering the adjustment” of United Nations sanctions. The same day, President Donald Trump tersely dismissed a suggestion by U.S. ally South Korea that it was reviewing the repeal of one unilateral package of economic restrictions against its neighbor.



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