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World needs to keep 'maximum pressure' on Iran, Panetta saysupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

The United States won't let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, "period," but sanctions remain the best tool to keep Tehran off the nuclear path, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday in Israel.

Israel's possible attack on Iran nukesupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

In an exclusive interview, CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with Secretary Panetta about his talks with Israel on Iran's nukes

U.S. eases sanctions on Myanmarupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 13:56:00

The United States announced Wednesday that it is easing sanctions on Myanmar, also known as Burma, allowing American companies to conduct business in the Southeast Asian nation.

Venezuelan diesel shipments to Syria fuel controversyupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 10:03:00

While many world leaders have condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the embattled leader has found an ally in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Netanyahu: Iran sanctions a mixed bagupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 21:16:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Erin Burnett that sanctions against Iran are delivering mixed results.

Australia softens sanctions on Myanmar; UK favors suspensionupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 02:06:00

Australia said Monday that it was relaxing sanctions on Myanmar, responding to the Southeast Asian country's political reforms by significantly reducing the number of government officials and lawmakers subject to travel restrictions.

Celebrate Aung San Suu Kyi's victory -- ease sanctions on Myanmar updated: Mon Apr 02 2012 07:31:00

Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's victory in Myanmar's by-elections on Sunday represents the nascent return of opposition politics to the country after nearly half a century of military rule. It also has created an opportunity for the United States to begin easing economic sanctions that are hindering reform.

EU steps up banking sanctions against Iranupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 19:05:00

The organization that facilitates bank transactions around the world said Thursday it has been instructed to discontinue its communications services to Iranian financial institutions that are subject to European sanctions, effectively cutting them off from the global financial system.

Israel defense minister calls for tighter Iran sanctionsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 13:04:00

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Saturday for even tougher sanctions on Iran to force the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Russia and China: Sabotaging U.N. with vetoesupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:23:00

When the Arab League asked for U.N. Security Council endorsement of its call for a new government in Syria and sought the imposition of sanctions to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Russians went toe-to-toe with the United States, publicly and behind closed doors.

Syrian activists are 'blaming Russia'updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:23:00

CNN's Ivan Watson explains why those opposed to Bashar al-Assad are so angry with Russia for blocking a U.N. resolution.

A summary of sanctions against Iranupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 14:13:00

The history of U.S. sanctions against Iran dates as far back as 1979, when hostages were held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Over the years, the U.S. government has approved other sanctions. In 2010, amid increasing tensions of Iran's nuclear program, the United States instituted sanctions that U.S. officials described as "unprecedented."

How Iran sanctions can impact US economyupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 06:25:00

CNN's Barbara Starr looks at whether more Iran sanctions could hurt the U.S. economy.

Sanctions fail to change Iran's behavior, White House concedesupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 18:19:00

While international sanctions continue to mount against Iran and its nuclear program, the Obama administration acknowledged Tuesday that the steps have done little to change Iran's behavior.

Sources: U.S. to slap new sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industryupdated: Sat Nov 19 2011 02:04:00

The Obama administration plans to impose fresh sanctions against Iran's petrochemical industry, diplomatic sources familiar with the plans said Friday.

IAEA report to detail efforts by Iran to develop a nuclear weaponupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 01:33:00

The upcoming report by the International Atomic Energy Agency will make the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, several Western diplomats briefed on the report told CNN.

IAEA report due on Iran's nuclear programupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 01:33:00

The upcoming report by the IAEA will make the case that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development.

Administration vows 'toughest sanctions' against Iran updated: Thu Oct 13 2011 19:08:00

Testifying before senators infuriated by reports of an alleged Iranian assassination plot, top Obama administration officials insisted Thursday that economic sanctions on Iran are working and vowed to continue tightening pressure on Tehran.

Iran blasts U.S. sanctions, calls for U.N. backingupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 07:03:00

Iran has sharply condemned new American sanctions on the country's national airline and other companies and people, calling them an effort to advance Washington's "hegemonic policies in the Middle East region."

Israel approves economic sanctions against Iranupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 11:35:00

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday decided to expand economic sanctions against Iran, aligning its policies with the United States and Europe on trade with the Islamic republic.

U.S. government targets Iranian airline, alleged military suppliersupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 20:54:00

The U.S. government levied a raft of new accusations aimed at Iran and its supporters Thursday, including fresh sanctions on Iran's national airline and indictments against international business executives accused of illicitly building up Tehran's military.

Israel to join sanctions against Iranupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 08:32:00

Citing the need to bring its policies in line with the United States and Europe, the Israeli government indicated Thursday that it will move to join international sanctions against Iran.

Iran talks: Good eats, but little progress on nuclear divideupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 22:46:00

There was one silver lining in the two days of talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear activities.

Diplomats gather in Turkey to tackle Iran's nuclear programupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 13:05:00

Diplomats have gathered in a 19th century Ottoman palace on the banks of the Bosphorus to discuss one of the thorniest issues of the 21st century: Iran's nuclear program.

Iran has grown stronger from sanctions, finance minister saysupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 01:08:00

During a rare news conference in the United States, Iran's finance and economic minister held up a copy of U.S. News & World Report from 1980.

US sanctions Swiss company for Iran dealingsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 13:19:00

The United States is imposing economic sanctions on Swiss-based Naftiran Intertrade Company for engaging in energy trade with Iran, according to Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

U.S. sanctions Iran for human rights abuseupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 15:09:00

The Obama administration announces new sanctions against Iran aimed at officials and members of the Revolutionary Guard.

Obama signs new Iran sanctions into lawupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 22:52:00

During a White House signing ceremony, President Barack Obama signs into law new U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Ahmadinejad: U.S. sanctions attempt to hinder Iran's progressupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 22:52:00

New U.S. sanctions on Iran show the West does not understand the Islamic republic and "are aimed at preventing Iran from becoming an industrial pole and achieving its rightful place," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech Saturday, according to Iranian media.

Reports: Iranian officials dismiss latest U.S. sanctionsupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 22:27:00

Iranian officials are dismissing newly passed U.S. sanctions against their country, with one parliament member saying that the measures will only backfire against the United States, according to state-run media reports Saturday.

U.S. announces new sanctions on Iranupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 03:58:00

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner details the first steps the U.S. is taking to implement sanctions on Iran.

U.S. expects Iran sanctions vote this weekupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 17:40:00

The United States expects to bring a new resolution on increased sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program to a vote in the United Nations Security Council this week, and a U.S. official is warning that two key allies who do not support the resolution will "have to explain their vote."

Obama administration tries to dampen dispute with allies over Iranupdated: Sat May 29 2010 01:32:00

Even as the United States pushes at the United Nations for sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, three senior administration officials, in a hastily scheduled briefing for reporters, tried late Friday to tamp down a dispute with two allies over the Islamic Republic.

Reluctant Russia, China have agreed on Iran sanctions, Clinton saysupdated: Tue May 18 2010 11:30:00

The United States, Russia, China and other key nations have reached agreement on a "strong" Iran sanctions resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

Obama, Chinese leader discuss possible Iran sanctionsupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 02:22:00

President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao held a private meeting Monday before the start of a nuclear security summit, with the focus on Iran -- and its opposition to the nuclear nonproliferation agreement.

Obama prepares for nuclear summitupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 02:22:00

President Obama meets with world leaders ahead of a summit on nuclear security and threats.

China reluctant to impose Iran sanctionsupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 22:26:00

China hopes negotiations will avert new sanctions against Iran. CNN's John Vause reports.

China agrees to discuss sanctions against Iranupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 20:44:00

China has agreed to negotiate possible sanctions against Iran over Tehran's failure to comply with international regulations involving its nuclear energy program, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations said Wednesday.

Sarkozy visits the U.S.updated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:02:00

France's president discusses a wide range of topics during a speech in New York. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Obama, Sarkozy discuss Iran sanctions, global economyupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:02:00

President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday pledged mutual support for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran over Tehran's refusal to comply with international regulations regarding its nuclear energy program.

Iran policy: Clinton styleupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 23:03:00

As heat builds for tougher sanctions against Iran, CNN's Jill Dougherty looks the administration's policy of engagement.

U.S., Israel sanctions on Iranupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 01:44:00

Ehud Barak tells Christiane Amanpour that Israel and the U.S. are on the same page about putting new sanctions on Iran.

Senate OKs sanctions on Iranupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 02:22:00

The Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow President Obama to expand sanctions against Iran to pressure the Islamic republic to drop its nuclear weapons ambitions.

Clinton pushes for new sanctions on Iran over nuclear programupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 21:19:00

The United States is pushing world powers to consider a tough new round of sanctions against Iran for its continued global defiance over its nuclear program.

U.S. plans 'serious' sanctions if Iran diplomacy failsupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 12:12:00

The Obama administration is working on a substantial sanctions package against Iran in case current diplomatic efforts to curb its nuclear program fail, top officials told Congress on Tuesday.

Will Wen's visit bring North Korea back to the table?updated: Tue Oct 06 2009 00:07:00

Can Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao persuade North Korea to return to the six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program?

Commentary: Huge risks in Iran sanctionsupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 16:34:00

In a recent congressional hearing, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman called the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act "a sword of Damocles over the Iranians" that will soon come down if President Obama's diplomatic overture did not show signs of success by the fall.

Webb: New push to secure Suu Kyi's releaseupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:22:00

There is a new push to free Myanmar's pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Sen. Jim Webb told CNN's "American Morning" Monday.

American freedupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:22:00

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, speaks about his trip to Myanmar and the release of American prisoner John Yettaw.

U.S. announces sanctions on North Korean corporationupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 17:04:00

The United States on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on a North Korean company that the United Nations said is linked to the country's nuclear weapons program.

China backs U.N. sanctionsupdated: Sat Jun 13 2009 07:21:00

U.N. Security Council members agree to expand and tighten sanctions on North Korea. CNN's John Vause reports.

U.S. warns of 'punitive' action on Iranupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 17:33:00

Iran may face "punitive" measures because of its insufficient response to an incentives package offered in return for a cutback in its nuclear program, a senior White House official said Wednesday.

Bush orders easing of sanctions against North Koreaupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 14:38:00

President Bush on Thursday ordered the lifting of some sanctions against North Korea, a move the administration called "symbolic" and one that leaves many restrictions in place.

Sanctions lifted against Cubaupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 18:49:00

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the EU's decision to lift political sanctions against Cuba.

Time.com: EU Agrees to Lift Cuba Sanctionsupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 12:00:00

The European Union on Thursday agreed to lift its diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, but imposed tough conditions on the communist island to maintain sanction-free relations

Time.com: Bush Prepares a Messy Iran Handoff updated: Wed Jun 18 2008 14:00:00

Analysis: The President can't end Iran's nuclear program in the time he has left. So he's passing the problem on

U.N. sanctions on Iranupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 08:34:00

CNN's Terrence Burke reports on the U.N. Security Council's move to sanction Iran again.

U.S. predicts quick vote on Iran sanctionsupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 00:44:00

The United States predicted a quick vote on a third resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program as it begins to build a case against Iran's central bank for proliferation activities, senior State Department officials and European diplomats said.

U.S. presses China over Iran updated: Thu Jan 17 2008 02:32:00

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte sought Chinese backing Thursday for new U.N. sanctions against Iran, warning that Tehran's alleged uranium enrichment and missile development programs remained a threat, the Associated Press reported.

Iran: 'One step forward'updated: Tue Dec 11 2007 13:43:00

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says appropriate conditions would be required for Iran to hold talks with the U.S.

Iran becoming new Iraq on campaign trailupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 17:39:00

When it comes to presidential politics, Iran appears to the next Iraq.

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iranupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 13:54:00

The United States imposed stiff sanctions against Iran on Thursday, targeting two Iranian military groups and a number of Iranian banks and people it accuses of backing nuclear proliferation and terror-related activities.

Israel: Iran nukes are world issueupdated: Tue Oct 23 2007 13:42:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that Iran's controversial nuclear program is "a major issue for the entire world" and called for stronger sanctions against Tehran.

Putin's trip to Iranupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 07:19:00

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran. CNN's Aneesh Raman reports.

Threat of more sanctions on Iranupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 11:21:00

Representatives of world powers Friday announced that unless a November report shows a "positive outcome" of talks with Iran about its uranium enrichment program, they will move ahead with plans for a resolution imposing additional sanctions on the country.

CNNMoney: Oil climbs on supply concernsupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 04:02:00

Oil and other petroleum futures surged Thursday amid supply concerns sparked by a decline in crude inventories at a key Oklahoma terminal and the confrontation between the West and Iran.

Cutting your heating billupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 04:02:00

CNN's Gerri Willis has some tips on how to save some money heating your home this winter.

Rice tells nuke watchdog to butt out of Iran diplomacyupdated: Wed Sep 19 2007 12:36:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned the U.N. nuclear watchdog group Wednesday not to interfere with international diplomacy over Iran's alleged weapons program.

Ahmadinejad rejects U.N. sanctionsupdated: Sun Mar 25 2007 15:26:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is rejecting new United Nations sanctions as illegal, according to IRNA, the state-run Iranian news agency.

North Korea links talks to moneyupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 07:14:00

After walking away from the negotiating table nearly a year ago, North Korea has agreed to return to six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program.

U.S. envoy lauds support on NKupdated: Mon Oct 23 2006 02:34:00

The U.S. diplomatic envoy to Asia lauded nations for their support for U.N. sanctions against North Korea during U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the region.

U.S. officials: N. Korea may be planning 2nd nuclear testupdated: Tue Oct 17 2006 02:38:00

North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test, a U.S. official with access to intelligence information said Tuesday.

Vote on North Korea sanctions expected Saturdayupdated: Fri Oct 13 2006 01:19:00

The U.N. Security Council has agreed to vote Saturday on whether to slap sanctions on North Korea over its purported nuclear test, said John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

U.S. calls for sanctions against North Koreaupdated: Mon Oct 09 2006 01:38:00

The United States has vowed to press for tough international sanctions against North Korea over its claimed nuclear test, while scientists have raised questions about whether the test was a success.

World powers seek Iran sanctionsupdated: Fri Oct 06 2006 04:45:00

Foreign ministers seeking to defuse the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions agreed Friday to consult on possible U.N. sanctions, expressing disappointment at Tehran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

Scholar: N. Korea speeds up nuclear bomb planupdated: Sat Sep 23 2006 07:06:00

A senior North Korean official said his country plans to unload fuel rods from its nuclear reactor and "reprocess the fuel into plutonium to make nuclear weapons" as a way to leverage a return to bilateral talks with the United States, American scholar Selig Harrison told reporters at a Beijing news conference Saturday.

Chirac urges no sanctions on Iranupdated: Mon Sep 18 2006 04:09:00

French President Jacques Chirac has said he believes a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis can be found without resorting to U.N. sanctions.

Rice skeptical of Iran's motivesupdated: Wed Sep 13 2006 21:22:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed skepticism that Iran is serious about suspending its uranium enrichment program and said the United States expects to "make some movement forward" on a sanctions resolution when U.N. diplomats convene in New York next week.

Iran president refuses to budgeupdated: Fri Sep 01 2006 02:08:00

Iran's president argued for his country's pursuit of nuclear technology Friday in an address to residents of Maku city, stating peaceful nuclear energy use is "an inalienable right of the country," according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency.

Iran's president calls for TV debate with Bush updated: Tue Aug 29 2006 05:48:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on U.S. President George W. Bush to participate in a "direct television debate with us," so Iran can voice its point of view on how to end problems in the world.

U.S. says it won't yield on Iranupdated: Tue May 02 2006 18:16:00

The United States will seek economic sanctions on Iran if the U.N. Security Council does not "fulfill its responsibilities" in pressing the Iranians to suspend its nuclear program, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

Iran 'moves financial holdings'updated: Fri Jan 20 2006 09:02:00

Amid the threat of possible U.N. economic sanctions, Iran announced Friday it is transferring its foreign exchange accounts out of U.S. and European banks, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Q&A: What next in Iran crisisupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 08:18:00

After a meeting in London with representatives from China, Russia and the U.S., the so-called Euro Three (Britain, France and Germany) say they will seek Iran's reference to the United Nations Security Council at an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on February 2/3.

Europe pushes Iran towards U.N.updated: Mon Jan 16 2006 03:22:00

A possible referral of Iran to the U.N. Security Council over the resumption of its nuclear research program has moved closer after Britain, France, Germany said they will call for an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

N. Koreans seek asylum in schoolupdated: Thu Dec 16 2004 22:43:00

Seven would-be defectors from North Korea are being questioned at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing after a security guard found them on the grounds of a Japanese school there.

N. Korea threat over sanctionsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 23:32:00

North Korea has warned Japan that it would treat economic sanctions against the nation as a "declaration of war" as a row brews over the remains of abductees.

Fortune: Economic sanctions' discouraging recordupdated: Mon Oct 13 1986 00:01:00

Do economic sanctions work? Not against South Africa, says President Reagan, so he will probably veto a bill Congress has sent him that would impose sanctions -- mainly bans on certain imports and ...

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