Category Archives: Sanctions

BREAKING: US Justice Department announces 13 criminal charges against Meng Wanzhou and Huawei

 

U.S. Formally Accuses Huawei Executive of Helping Evade Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department unveiled sweeping charges on Monday against the Chinese telecom firm Huawei, several subsidiaries and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, accusing the company of stealing trade secrets, obstructing justice and helping banks evade sanctions on Iran.

The pair of indictments shows the severity of the United States’ concerns about a Chinese telecom equipment maker the government has long suspected of working to advance Beijing’s global ambitions and undermine America’s interests.

The indictments claim that Huawei, its affiliate in Iran and Ms. Meng committed a host of crimes, including stealing trade secrets and obstruction of justice.

From Liberal Party Central at the CBC – U.S. announces 13 criminal charges against Huawei executives

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced 13 criminal charges against four executives from the Chinese telecom giant Huawei and its affiliate Skycom Tech.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is currently free on bail in Vancouver as the U.S. seeks her extradition, is among those charged.

Acting U.S. attorney general Matthew Whitaker announced that a grand jury in New York had recommended the charges.

He alleged the 13 counts of bank and wire fraud relate to Huawei’s claim that its affiliate in Iran, Skycom, was a separate, unrelated company. As a result of that claim, it was able to borrow money from U.S. banks.

We should know soon whose side Justin was told to support.

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‘No Difference’ Between Donald Trump And Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Says As New U.S. Sanctions Take Effect

Marking the reimposition of Washington’s sanctions on Monday, Tehran carried out air defense drills in a showing of military strength, with Rouhani classifying relations between the U.S. and his country as a “war situation.” He warned that his people must “win” against a “bullying enemy,” and vowed to continue selling oil in defiance of the punitive financial measures.

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Whiner Complains About Law That Seizes Iranian Assets

Poor babies:

The real reason the Liberal government hasn’t been able to re-establish relations with Iran is due to its adherence to a “stupid” Canadian law allowing the seizure of Iranian assets, says Canada’s recently expelled ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Dennis Horak, who was expelled from Saudi Arabia in August after its rulers were incensed by a tweet from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, offered that blunt assessment as he shed new light on another controversial moment in Canada’s Middle East relations.

Six years ago, the previous Conservative government abruptly severed its diplomatic relations with Iran, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada.

The current Liberal government campaigned in 2015 on re-establishing diplomatic relations with Iran but it has been unable to deliver on that foreign policy promise because Iran appears unwilling to re-engage.

Horak, who retired recently, said one obstacle is standing in the way: the passage in 2012 of Canada’s Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, which allows victims of terrorism to sue countries that are listed as supporters of terrorism.

Among other things, the law paved the way for last year’s Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that upheld the seizure of US$1.7 billion in private Iranian assets by a group of American plaintiffs whose loved ones were killed in terrorist attacks sponsored by the Iranian regime.

“It was a stupid law. And it’s still a stupid law,” Horak told a meeting of the Canadian International Council in Ottawa this week.

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Iran Plotting With U.S. Allies to Skirt Trump’s New Sanctions

Iranian officials are plotting with U.S. allies across the globe to develop a series a measures meant to counter new sanctions by the Trump administration following its abandonment of the landmark nuclear deal, setting up a global economic showdown between America and its allies over their future business dealings with the Islamic Republic.

Don’t bet against Trump. He may not always win but the odds are in his favor.

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President Trump Strikes a Death Blow to Obama and Kerry’s Iran Nuclear Deal

The people of true United States of America were betrayed by Barack Obama, who not only gave Iran hundreds of millions of dollars in cold, hard cash but turned a blind eye to the crimes the Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei allowed to happen under his brutal regime’s watch.

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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

Han said North Korea, whose population is 26 million, is a “people-centered socialist country… where protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of the child are given top priority … There is room for improvement.”

But Han said that new sanctions imposed by the United States and the U.N. Security Council over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests were hampering the production of nutritional goods for children and provision of textbooks.

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US Adds New Sanctions on Iran

The United States on Tuesday unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions and said it was deeply concerned about its “malign activities across the Middle East.

The announcements came a day after President Donald Trump’s administration warned Tehran that it was not following the spirit of its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.

The U.S. Department of Treasury said in a statement it was targeting 16 entities and individuals for supporting what is said was “illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity.”

Those sanctioned had backed Iran’s military or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuring electronic components, it said. Others had “orchestrated the theft of U.S. and Western software programs” sold to Iran’s government, the Treasury Department said.

The U.S. State Department had also designated two Iranian organizations involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, according to the Treasury Department.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity,” the State Department said in a statement.

It said the activities “undercut whatever ‘positive contributions’ to regional and international peace and security were intended to emerge” from the nuclear agreement.

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