The Trump administration on Friday restored U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, but carved out exemptions for eight countries that can still import oil from the Islamic Republic without penalty. The sanctions take effect Monday and cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. They are the second batch the administration has reimposed since Trump withdrew from the landmark accord in May. The 2015 deal, one of former President Barack Obama's biggest diplomatic achievements, gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, which many believed it was using to develop atomic weapons. Trump repeatedly denounced the agreement as the "worst ever" negotiated by the United States and said it gave Iran too much in return for too little. But proponents as well as the other parties to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — have vehemently defended it. The … [Read more...] about US Restores Iran Sanctions Lifted Under Obama Nuclear Deal
Sanctions were lifted
On 16 January 2016, the United States and the EU lifted certain sanctions against Iran in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed among Iran, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. January 16, 2016 was the day on which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had met certain milestones set forth in the JCPOA toward dismantling the military aspects of its nuclear program. On the same day, the United States and the EU announced the lifting of sanctions consistent with the announcement of Implementation Day.How does the lifting of sanctions affect the international aviation sector? The relevant changes are outlined below. 1. Overview of EU changes As of January 16, 2016, all nuclear-related economic and financial EU sanctions against Iran have been lifted by the EU. The decision was taken by the EU following the presentation of the report by the Director-General … [Read more...] about US and EU Iran Sanctions Lifted: How to Proceed in Aviation Sector?
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday morning that one important outcome of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is that Russia “has agreed to help with North Korea.” On the very same morning, Russia’s envoy to North Korea called on the U.N. Security Council to relax sanctions against Pyongyang, even though the United States is pushing for even tougher sanctions on oil.President Trump issued his comments on Twitter, as is his custom: Perhaps Russian Ambassador Alexander Matsegora has yet to open a Twitter account. He was quoted by Russian media on Wednesday declaring that “positive change on the Korean peninsula is now obvious” and calling on the U.N. Security Council to relax sanctions. He even offered Russian assistance with modernizing North Korea’s energy infrastructure after sanctions are relaxed. Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. blocked a Chinese effort to “adjust the measures on the DPRK” in light of … [Read more...] about Trump Says Russia ‘Agreed to Help with North Korea’ but Envoy Wants Sanctions Lifted
This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com North Korea plays hardball to get sanctions lifted North Korea – South Korea reunification talks continue North Korea plays hardball to get sanctions lifted Now that the U.S. midterm elections have taken place, there is no longer any reason to pretend that North Korea is ever going to denuclearize, so North Korea’s child dictator may be taking hard new steps to pressure the Trump administration to get what he wants: Lifting the sanctions with no requirement to denuclearize. Last week, North Korea’s lead negotiator Kim Yong-chol refused to show up for a scheduled meeting on Thursday with the U.S. chief negotiator, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. This cancellation was apparently unexpected and the State Dept. scrambled to say that the meeting had been postponed and would take place “when our respective schedules permit.” President Trump himself kept up the pretense last week by saying: … [Read more...] about World View: North Korea Plays Hardball to Get Sanctions Lifted
A federal judge is allowing six Qualcomm lawyers sanctioned for discovery violations in patent litigation to testify about privileged client communications.U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster of San Diego lifted the sanctions yesterday and returned the case to the federal magistrate who imposed them, the Recorder reports. Brewster said the lawyers should be allowed to testify under a self-defense exception to the attorney-client privilege.Five of the lawyers are from Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder, and one is from Heller Ehrman.Brewster had previously held the privilege prevented the lawyers from testifying, but he changed his mind because Qualcomm had filed declarations in advance of the sanctions hearing that criticized the advice and services of the outside lawyers, the Wall Street Journal reports (sub. req.).“The attorneys have a due process right to defend themselves under the totality of circumstances presented in this sanctions hearing where their alleged conduct … [Read more...] about Qualcomm Lawyers Get Sanctions Lifted, Privilege Pierced in Discovery Fiasco