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US proudly admits to bribery & extortion of Iranian oil tanker captains after open piracy fails

The US State Department is openly using organized crime tactics, including bribery and extortion, in an effort to bend Iran to its will after its usual allies refused to get sucked into a coalition to ‘police’ the Persian Gulf.

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US praises sanctions for killing Iran’s economy, then blames Tehran for people’s suffering

The US State Department can’t seem to make up its mind about the cause of Iran’s economic woes, claiming Tehran’s “Marxist economy” is to blame even as it celebrates the devastation US sanctions have wrought on the country.

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While All Sides Decry War Possibility, US Has ‘Set Up’ Persian Gulf Region For One

The US continues to “strangle” Iran’s economy by imposing sanctions on Tehran as well as other countries that attempt to trade with Iran, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the peace group Code Pink, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Friday.

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Europe needs to back Iran nuclear deal & stop kowtowing to US

Iran is right. The way to save the international nuclear accord on Iran is for all parties to honor it and to implement normal trading relations. That would also permit de-escalation of dangerous war tensions in the Gulf.

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Special EU channel to allow trade with Iran, circumvent US sanctions is now operational – statement

A special trade channel that will allow European firms to bypass American sanctions on Iran is operational – that was the outcome of the meeting between the countries who signed the nuclear deal ditched by US.

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‘We’ll Do What’s In Our National Interest’ – Indian Minister on Sanctions Over S-400 Sale

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has stressed that part of being good partners is to “comprehend and appreciate the national interests of each other”.

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S-400 a Pretext to Exclude Ankara From US F-35 Program – Retired Turkish General

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has warned Turkey about the “very negative consequences” their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems will have if it goes ahead. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence systems will seriously affect the defence relations of the United States and NATO with Turkey, she said.

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‘Stupid economics’: Attack on Huawei tells world to avoid doing business with US – Prof. Wolff

The US has underestimated the consequences of the attack on Chinese telecom giant Huawei as it sends a strong signal for the rest of the world to avoid dealing with such an unstable partner, professor Richard Wolff believes.

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US sanctions boosted Chinese investment in Russia, Pentagon admits

The Russian economy has enjoyed increased Chinese investment as Western sanctions have pushed Beijing closer to Moscow, according to a report released by the US Department of Defense. Despite the 136-page document dedicated to China’s armed forces and Washington’s concerns over Beijing’s growing clout, including its economic strength, the US military did not forget to […]

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EU vows to trade with Iran, denounces US decision not to extend waivers to purchase Tehran’s crude

A year after President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, its European signatories, who still honor the agreement, have expressed concern over the US decision not to extend waivers on oil trade with Tehran.

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US Envoy to Germany Threatens Nord Stream 2 Firms With Sanctions AGAIN

Washington has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on all parties related to or working on Nord Stream 2, with President Donald Trump accusing Germany of being a “captive” of Russia and urging Berlin to halt its cooperation on the $11-billion project.

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US Faces ‘Test of Power’ in Trying to Enforce Iran Sanctions – Ex-EU Consultant

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo face an uphill struggle to force other nations to abandon their oil trade with Iran, former European Union consultant Paolo von Schirach told Sputnik.

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US Hopes Strangling Iran’s Oil Trade Sparks Insurrection – Ex-UK Ambassador

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US government is ending sanctions waivers for Iranian oil importers to provoke a violent insurrection or establish a casus belli for an external invasion, former UK Ambassador Peter Ford told Sputnik.

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‘Bees returned to honey’: Sanctions failed to stop Germany’s record investment in Russia

The fact that German investments in Russia hit a ten-year record high in 2018 shows that the pressure Washington has exerted on Europe failed to discourage German businesses from returning to the Russian market, analysts believe.

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WATCH Envoy Tell US to Stop Undercutting EU Interests With New Russia Sanctions

The US-European united transatlantic front on sanctions took a hit this week, with Brussels warning that it would retaliate if Washington moved forward with plans to impose a sanctions regime on foreign investments in Cuba which threatened European companies.

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