Weapons proliferation

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019 file image from video, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang speaks during a media briefing. China is calling on Washington to “correct” sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program. The foreign ministry spokesman on Friday, July 19, said U.S. pressure on Iran and its “long-arm jurisdiction” against companies in third countries is the “root cause” of tension with Tehran.(AP Photo/File)
July 19, 2019 - 4:16 am
BEIJING (AP) — China urged Washington on Friday to "correct" sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program. U.S. pressure on Iran and its "long-arm jurisdiction" against companies in third countries is the "root cause" of tension with...
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, talks to Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell during a European Foreign Affairs meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Monday, July 15, 2019. European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 15, 2019 - 10:03 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about foreign policy at The Graduate Center at CUNY, Thursday July 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 11, 2019 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised on Thursday to end "forever wars" and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump. Biden outlined his foreign policy vision in a speech in...
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In this image from file video provided by UK Ministry of Defence, British navy vessel HMS Montrose escorts another ship during a mission to remove chemical weapons from Syria at sea off coast of Cyprus in February 2014. The British Navy said it intercepted an attempt on Thursday, July 11, 2019, by three Iranian paramilitary vessels to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel just days after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. A U.K. government statement said Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from the HMS Montrose accompanying the commercial ship through the narrow Strait of Hormuz. (UK Ministry of Defence via AP)
July 11, 2019 - 6:01 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran's president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. Iran's...
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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Rouhani warned European partners in its faltering nuclear deal on Wednesday that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "any amount that we want" beginning on Sunday, putting pressure on them to offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions targeting the country. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 4:26 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it's in contact with signatories of the Iran nuclear agreement and will discuss with them what steps to take should the country ramp up uranium enrichment this weekend. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "...
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President Donald Trump talks during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 1, 2019, with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. The president signed a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 01, 2019 - 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With North Korea, President Donald Trump puts on the charm. But with Iran, he cranks up the pressure with economic sanctions and a stronger military presence in the Persian Gulf. He warned its leaders Monday they are "playing with fire." Nuclear weapons are at the heart of the...
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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk together at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, in North Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 30, 2019 - 1:26 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Asia (all times local): 1:55 a.m. Monday Democratic lawmakers in the United States, including some running for the White House, say there's little in President Donald Trump's diplomatic track to convince them that his meeting...
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, pose for a photo during a visit to the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Trump is making a quick trip to Seoul after attending the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 29, 2019 - 9:33 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local): 1:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's looking forward to meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the Korean Demilitarized Zone later Sunday. Trump is telling reporters at a joint press...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for an expanded meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)
June 29, 2019 - 9:25 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump will meet Sunday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone separating the North and South, a day after he issued an unprecedented invitation and expressed willingness to cross the border for what would be a history-making photo op...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. U.S. President Donald Trump is inviting North Korea's Kim Jong Un to shake hands during a visit to the demilitarized zone with South Korea. Trump is scheduled to visit South Korea later Saturday after meetings at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)
June 28, 2019 - 10:42 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday President Donald Trump's offer to meet leader Kim Jong Un at the Korean Demilitarized Zone is a "very interesting suggestion," brightening prospects for a third face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. The North's First Vice Foreign Minister...
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