Sanctions

China Opens Bridge to North Korea After Three-Year Delay

China opened a bridge to North Korea on Monday, sending four buses from the North Korean city of Manpo across the Yalu River to the Chinese city of Jian. The bus rides inaugurated a span built three years ago but never crossed until now.

North Korea's Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

North Koreans Resume Diplomacy After Trump Reverses Sanctions… Except He Didn’t

North Korean diplomatic staff returned to the joint liaison office in Kaesong on Monday, three days after withdrawing in apparent anger over new U.S. sanctions against Chinese companies that conducted illegal business with North Korea. The return was seemingly inspired by President Trump ordering the sanctions withdrawn… but the White House said over the weekend that he was referring to different sanctions that have not been imposed yet.

KAESONG, NORTH KOREA - DECEMBER 26: Officials from South and North Korea stand in front of a road sign during the ceremony for a project to modernize and connect roads and railways over the border between the Koreas at Panmun Station on December 26, 2018 in Kaesong, North Korea. South …

U.N. Reports North Korea Evading Sanctions on a Massive Scale

The U.N. Security Council will receive a report this week outlining North Korea’s remarkable success at evading sanctions against its nuclear missile program. According to the report, Pyongyang has been able to import petroleum, export coal, and sell weapons in spite of the toughest sanctions ever imposed against it.

Students march past a balcony from where North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un was watching, during a mass rally on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 9, 2018. - North Korea held a military parade to mark its 70th birthday, but refrained from showing off the intercontinental ballistic …

‘Business as Usual’ at North Korea’s Primary Nuclear Weapons Reactor

Judging by satellite images of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, North Korea’s primary reactor for creating weapons-grade nuclear material might be up and running. There is clearly activity at the plant, although skeptical analysts say it is difficult to ascertain precisely what the reactor is doing without a ground-level inspection.

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China Teams Up with Iran to Preserve Nuclear Deal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi welcomed his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to Beijing on Tuesday, stressing the importance of China’s relationship with Iran and telling Zarif he became a “famous person” in China with his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after a joint press conference in Beijing, on December 5, 2016

China Urges the World to Undermine U.S. Sanctions

China’s state-run Global Times on Friday applauded the launch of a European system to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, pleased by the damage it could inflict upon U.S. sanctions against China, Venezuela, North Korea, and other countries.

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Russia Comes Out Swinging Against Venezuela Sanctions

Russia strongly denounced U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s national oil company PDVSA on Tuesday, slamming the sanctions as an illegal attempt to overthrow what Moscow views as the legitimate government.

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Report: North Korea Investing Heavily in Beachside Resort

Analysts at 38 North on Wednesday reviewed evidence of extensive construction at the Wonsan-Kalma resort, possibly indicating North Korea expects sanctions to end, engagement with the outside world to increase, and tourism to boom.

TOPSHOT - In this photo taken on July 21, 2017, swimmer Ri Song-Hui (21) poses for a portrait at the Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Enters Deep Recession, Admits 27% Unemployment

The government of Iran is prone to belligerent defiance about the resilience of its economy in the face of U.S. sanctions, but Radio Farda noted on Wednesday that even the dubious data officially released by Tehran depicts a country in “deep recession” with staggering unemployment rates.

Iran's saffron seeks global recognition