TEHRAN : ‘ SANCTIONS WILL BE LIFTED GRADUALLY BY US & ROUHANI SAYS NO DEAL ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:IRAN:April.09: Iranian President said Tehran won’t sign a final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions against the country are lifted first. The comments contradict Washington’s statement that sanctions would be lifted gradually, subject to Iran compliance.

' Tweets over Sanctions by Rouhani '

‘ Tweets over Sanctions by Rouhani ‘

“We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day … We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks,” Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday.

The President’s comments come as a blow to US President Barack Obama’s efforts to sell the deal to its opponents, both in the US and abroad.

Supporters of the deal, which was negotiated last week at marathon talks in Switzerland and is to be finalized in June, say the sanctions relief for Iran would be gradual, and implemented in response to Iran’s moves to scale down its nuclear program. They could be reversed in case of non-compliance, they argue. Obama has called the plan the best deal possible at the moment.

The UN Security Council, the US, the EU and several other countries had imposed several rounds of sanctions against Iran due to its controversial nuclear program.

Lifting of the sanctions in exchange for a scaling-down of nuclear enrichment activities and a degree of international control over the Iranian nuclear industry is at the core of the deal. Agreeing exact terms on how quickly the sanctions will be lifted and how the program will be curtailed was a tough task for the nuclear negotiators.

“Our goal in the talks is to preserve our nation’s nuclear rights. We want an outcome that will be in everyone’s benefit,” President Rouhani said in a ceremony to mark Iran’s National Day of Nuclear Technology.

Khamenei added that Tehran would not consider a postponement of the June 30 deadline for reaching a final nuclear deal “the end of the world.” He also said that Iran would not allow international inspections, which the deal is expected to include, as these could compromise its military secrets.

“Based on past experience, I was never optimistic about negotiating with the United States,” Khamenei said.

Previously, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif questioned on his Twitter account the statements from Western leaders that claimed the sanctions would be lifted gradually.

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ SLAMS SANCTIONS AS HOSTILE TOWARD DPRK IN STATEMENT ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA:Jan.04: North Korea has slammed as hostile fresh US sanctions against Pyongyang and has denied any involvement in a cyber-attack on Sony. The persistent and unilateral action taken by the White House to slap ‘sanctions’ against the DPRK [North Korea] patently proves that it is still not away from inveterate repugnancy and hostility toward the DPRK,” Reuters cites the North Korean Foreign Ministry as saying Sunday in a statement, reported by KCNA news agency.

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday authorizing the imposition of new sanctions against three North Korean businesses and 10 individuals in the wake of the recent Sony hack the White House blames on Pyongyang.

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BRUSSELS: ‘ EU LEADERS PLANNING TO IMPOSE MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – Nov.14 – The decision on whether to impose more economic sanctions against Russia will likely be made by EU leaders in mid-December, rather than by foreign ministers who are meeting in Brussels on Monday, Reuters quoted diplomats as saying.

The foreign ministers may produce a list of Ukrainian rebel figures and possibly some Russians to be added to the list of personal sanctions already in place, according to an internal paper seen by the news agency.

They will be required to keep in mind “that the main separatist leaders are already listed…and the fact that the targeted separatists could be at some point agents in the implementation of the peace plan.”

RT 

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YEMEN: ‘ GOVERNMENT IS SET TO BE SWORN INTO POWER DESPITE GPC OPPOSITION ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.09 – A new Yemeni government is set to be sworn in Sunday, despite opposition from the General People’s Congress (GPC), the ruling party in the country’s parliament led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the Houthis, a powerful Shia rebel group that controls much of south Yemen.

'President Ali Abdullah Saleh '

‘President Ali Abdullah Saleh ‘

After President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced his new government on Friday, the Houthis and GPC rejected it, with Saleh criticizing it as “unrepresentative.” GPC leaders announced they would pull their members out of the new cabinet, and have ousted President Hadi from the party leadership.

' General People's Congress in Benghazi '

‘ General People’s Congress in Benghazi ‘

Saleh, who is thought to have tacitly supported the Houthi insurgency, accused Hadi of soliciting UN sanctions against him and two Houthi leaders for attempting to destabilize the country.

After seizing the capital, Sanaa, in September, the Houthis demanded that Hadi appoint a new government, criticizing the regime for its close cooperation with a conservative Sunni Islamist party.

Meanwhile, sectarian violence between Houthis and Sunni Al-Qaeda militias continues to ravage the country.

On Saturday, Al-Qaeda took responsibility for killing dozens of Houthis in twin attacks in central Yemen.

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CANADA: ‘ Cancels Sanctions Against Russian Banks Citing Banks Divorced From Events in Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – CANADA – September 19 – Canada has cancelled sanctions against two small Russian banks, Expobank and RosEnergoBank, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed on Thursday.

The sanctions were dropped quietly on Tuesday, at the same time that Canada rolled out new sanctions against Russia.

After being asked why the sanctions were withdrawn at the House of Commons, Baird explained that the government received new information that influenced its decision.

“They [the banks] are deemed to be sufficiently divorced from events in Ukraine and Russian aggression against Ukraine,” he said, without elaborating why they were put on the sanctions list in the first place.

The sanctions against the two banks were imposed earlier this year.

RT  

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‘ Report on MH17 Delayed By Pressure From Some Western Powers That Lead to Sanctions’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 It seems that the international commission on the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine less than two month ago intentionally drags out the investigation as a result of pressure from some Western powers, Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday Itar-Tass reported. 

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We point out that the process of the [report’s] publication and the process itself is delayed on purpose by the international commission,” Lukashevich said. “The presented report does not hold any convincing information on the circumstances of the airliner’s crash and the most important expertize was not conducted.”

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane (Flight MH17) crash was used for pushing through the sectoral sanctions against Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Thursday.

We very attentively follow the investigation of the tragic catastrophe of the Malaysian Boeing that not only claimed many lives, but also was used for purposeful exacerbating international tensions, increasing pressure on the state and pushing through the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia,” he told a briefing.

We strongly urge all the sides to abstain from hasty and groundless public accusations that not only undermine the international relations foundations, but also are outrageous facts of interference in an independent investigation,” the official added.

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#AceWorldNews MOSCOW April 12 In an interview with…

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 12 – In an interview with the CrimeaInform news agency, Crimean Information Minister Dmitry Polonsky said Friday
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The new US sanctions against the leaders of Crimea will not be able to harm the republic and are like “mosquito bites”.

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` One Hundred Russian Businessmen and Politicians allegedly targeted for ` EU Sanctions ‘ – Media Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews A list has surfaced containing the names of more than 100 Russian businessmen and politicians allegedly targeted for European Union Economic Sanctions. German newspaper Bild reported Igor Sechin, CEO of the world’s largest-listed oil company is on the list.

Alexey Miller, head of state-owned Gazprom and Vladimir Yankunin, who runs Russian

Railways, are both rumoured to be on the ‘list’.

“This is stupid, petty and obvious sabotage of themselves most of all,” Rosneft spokesman Mikhail Leontyev said by phone, Reuters reports.

Rosneft’s official comment echoes that of Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, who warned any sanctions against Moscow will have a “boomerang” effect.

“I hope this all ends up as being empty rhetoric,” Leontyev said in response to the Bild’s report that Sechin is on the list of key targets.

The US and EU have warned that Russia’s actions in Crimea will be followed by economic sanctions, and it won’t be “business as usual” with Russia.

More precise actions are expected on March 17, following a referendum vote in Crimea taking place this Sunday.

Reuters – RT – News Sources

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`UN :` Security Council ‘set to `Adopt Sanctions’ aimed at those `Obstructing,Undermining `Political Transition’ in Yemen’

#AceWorldNews says the UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution ordering sanctions against figures seeking to undermine Yemen’s state-building drive, AFP reported, citing diplomats.

Sanctions would be aimed at those who are found to be “obstructing or undermining the successful completion of the political transition” in Yemen.

The measures will also concern those who commit “attacks on essential infrastructure or acts of terrorism” and who violate human rights and international humanitarian law.

The draft resolution hits offenders with a travel ban and an asset freeze “for an initial period of one year.”

#afp, #sanctions, #un-security-council, #yemen

`EU to Embargo of Arms Supplies to Ukraine’

#AceWorldNews says the EU backs embargo on arms supplies to Ukraine, says the draft ministerial statement.

The statement also outlines sanctions on those responsible for violence in Ukraine.

#embargo, #eu, #sanctions, #ukraine

`Threats of Sanctions against Ukraine look like Blackmail according to Sergey Lavrov’

AceWorldNews – Threats of sanctions against the Ukrainian government look like blackmail, and a demand for early elections is a way to force Kiev towards the EU, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

The sanctions will only encourage extremists, he added.

RT

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`US Wants to see all `Sanctions Lifted ‘saying this can only happen after `Deal is reached on `Tehran’s Nuclear Programme’

AceWorldNews says the US wants to see all sanctions on Iran lifted but that can only happen “in total” after a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program is reached, Reuters quoted a senior US official as saying on Thursday.

Iran and six world powers earlier agreed a framework for negotiations on the nuclear dispute in the coming months.

Most US and other sanctions on Iran remain in place despite a limited easing under an interim agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in November.

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#Iran :” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Orders Creation of `Economy of Resistance’ to counter Western Sanctions”

#AceWorldNews says Iran’s Khamenei orders creation of ‘economy of resistance’ Iran’s supreme leader has ordered the government to create an “economy of resistance” to counter Western sanctions. In comments posted on his website on Wednesday,

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the sanctions “a full-fledged economic war,” adding that Iran is determined to force the West to retreat.

The program requires the government to diversify Iran’s exports, reduce dependence on sales of raw materials and promote high-tech industries.

#ayatollah-ali-khamenei, #economy, #exports, #high-tech, #iran, #irans, #raw-materials, #resistance, #sanctions, #war