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.
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.
Trump has made the decision to withdraw – and his announcement Tuesday afternoon starts a 90-day countdown to the restoration of sanctions. Once sanctions are back on, the US effectively would be out of the deal.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, subjecting the regime to additional sanctions and reinforcing that nation’s status as an international pariah.
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.
The North’s statement, carried by state media, said the sanctions were caused by a “heinous US plot to isolate and stifle” North Korea.
President Vladimir Putin ordered on Sunday that 755 US diplomats leave Russia, and warned ties with Washington could be gridlocked for a long time following tough new American sanctions.
“Whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, we will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces which was chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory.”
Moscow will retaliate over the Canadian government’s support of legislation that would impose sanctions on officials from Russia and other nations deemed guilty of human rights violations, a Russian official said on Thursday.
One might even say this about China: socialism for thee but not for me. Unless there is serious political reform, a little more spending power for the masses means nothing:
Yesterday, I questioned the premises of economic engagement with Pyongyang — that Pyongyang is socialist, that trade is capitalism, that capitalism inexorably erodes socialism, and that capitalism (least of all, state capitalism) is inherently liberal and peaceful. I argued that Pyongyang adopted state capitalism decades ago, and that it has grown steadily more menacing and repressive ever since. It feigns socialism to feed our false hopes of reform and arguments against sanctions, to tempt investors, to recruit apologists who embrace its socialist pretenses, and to justify the economic totalitarianism it uses to starve and isolate the vast majority of its subjects. Pyongyang doesn’t practice socialism; it imposes it on the underclasses. The underclasses are the only ones who can change that. …
We now have evidence that regime-controlled trade funds the oppression that isolates North Koreans, retards change, and helps Pyongyang repress the people who would listen to the broadcasts Ha supports. If the world wants North Korea to change, it has to give free markets — North Korea’s only independent institutions, on which most North Koreans depend for their survival — a fighting chance to survive. As long as Pyongyang’s oligarchy has unrestricted access to our financial system, it will use it to isolate and repress its people. We should seek to shift North Korea’s internal balance of power away from the ones with the guns and food toward those without. That means giving North Korea’s people information and access to markets. That, in turn, means blocking the funds that pay for Pyongyang’s policy of isolation and oppression.
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Even though the investigation into the Sony hack is incomplete, Obama decided to impose sanctions on North Korea.
I like a little cowboy diplomacy and I don’t particularly care whether North Korea did it or not (this is a regime that experiments with chemical weapons on people, whether they hacked a film studio is low down on the atrocity scale) but it seems odd coming from the guy who always warns us not to jump to conclusions when a Muslim terrorist attack happens.
Here he’s fine with jumping to conclusions. Meanwhile a Muslim driving a flying camel filled with explosives into a 4th of July parade while shouting, “I’m doing this because I’m Muslim and hate non-Muslims” would just result in another lecture about jumping to conclusions…