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WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea for their dangerous and belligerent actions that undermine America and its allies.

The Russia, Iran and North Korea sanctions bill was passed with a 419-3 votes in the lower house of the US Congress yesterday.

The bill is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the US presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. I ..

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This is pure ego.

I don't see any reason to overturn Obama's decision with regards to Iran.

It was a progressive step to actually move forward.

This sanction mentality is actually going to cost the West dearly in the coming years.

All the sanctioned countries have access to regimes opposed to US and that too in a very comparable area.
 

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This is pure ego.

I don't see any reason to overturn Obama's decision with regards to Iran.

It was a progressive step to actually move forward.

This sanction mentality is actually going to cost the West dearly in the coming years.

All the sanctioned countries have access to regimes opposed to US and that too in a very comparable area.
Lifting sanctions from Iran would also have helped US agenda of bringing the oil prices further down. Iran was planing on massive exports of oil once the sanctions were lifted. I have personally spoken to PEDCO officials about this. (PEDCO - Petro Iran Development Company) which is a direct subsidiary of the Iranian government.
 

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Russia hits back over sanctions, orders US diplomats to leave
Russia's response, announced by the Foreign Ministry, came a day after the US Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia.

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Russia told the United States on Friday that some of its diplomats had to leave the country in just over a month and said it was seizing some US diplomatic property as retaliation for what it said were proposed illegal US sanctions.

Russia's response, announced by the Foreign Ministry, came a day after the US Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.

President Vladimir Putin had warned on Thursday that Russia had so far exercised restraint, but would have to retaliate against what he described as boorish and unreasonable US behaviour.

Relations between the two countries, already at a post-Cold War low, have deteriorated even further after US intelligence agencies accused Russia of trying to meddle in last year's US presidential election, something Moscow flatly denies.


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Russia told the United States on Friday that some of its diplomats had to leave the country in just over a month and said it was seizing some US diplomatic property as retaliation for what it said were proposed illegal US sanctions.

Russia's response, announced by the Foreign Ministry, came a day after the US Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.

President Vladimir Putin had warned on Thursday that Russia had so far exercised restraint, but would have to retaliate against what he described as boorish and unreasonable US behaviour.

Relations between the two countries, already at a post-Cold War low, have deteriorated even further after US intelligence agencies accused Russia of trying to meddle in last year's US presidential election, something Moscow flatly denies.


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Russia has just signed a new deal with Syria to maintain Russian airbases in Syria for 50 more years. Rednecks ain't winning this one.
 

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Russia has just signed a new deal with Syria to maintain Russian airbases in Syria for 50 more years. Rednecks ain't winning this one.
Awesome. I just wish India doesn't get crushed or forced to pick a side here. We must stay neutral in this mess.


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Awesome. I just wish India doesn't get crushed or forced to pick a side here. We must stay neutral in this mess.


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A US that is busy with Russia is always good for us, because it lessens the probability of US war supplies to Pakistan in the event of a war with India. A Russia that is under pressure is also good for us because they become desperate to sell their high tech stuff to us at better rates to raise funds for the war efforts.

As a rising power, anything that unsettles the current status quo is good for us. We grow in spurts during events of global uncertainties.
 

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Awesome. I just wish India doesn't get crushed or forced to pick a side here. We must stay neutral in this mess.


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hasn't we already pick sides......

modi calling on trump at g20 meet , loud and clear " we are always together ."

 

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Scale back engagement with North Korea, US tells India


US President Donald Trump (R) talks with PM Modi as they attend a working session during the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017. (AFP Photo)

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  • Sources said the US wanted India to help to look for North Korean activity in the Indian sub-continent.
  • Responding to UN resolutions, the Indian govt banned all trade (except food and medicines) with N Korea.
  • Officials say they are being put on the defensive as India is the third largest trading partner for N Korea


NEW DELHI: While the US and China negotiate a new resolution on North Korea as Pyongyang flouts sanctions with impunity, countries like India are coming under American attention to "do more" to contain the reclusive nation.

A US delegation from the State Department visited New Delhi this week to discuss how India could plug all exposure to North Korea. Among the "suggestions" to India are to limit and scale back its diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang.

North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday that it claimed has the range to hit major US cities, prompting a fresh round of condemnation from the US and other countries.

India's exports to North Korea is about $110 million and in 2016, officials said, there was an over 30% drop in bilateral trade. China, North Korea's largest trading partner, on the other hand, registered a rise in trade.

In April this year, responding to UN resolutions, the Indian government also banned all trade (except food and medicines) with North Korea.
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Through an official gazette on April 21, the Modi government prohibited Indian citizens or companies from supplying to Pyongyang arms, any nuclear-related material or technology, or any other material that would enhance its ballistic-missile capabilities.

India's relationship with North Korea is a remnant of its non-aligned past. But in recent years, India has highlighted the proliferation problem from North Korea.

New Delhi sees a complex web of sharing of nuclear and missile technology between China, Pakistan and North Korea, something that is well documented.

Officials say they are being put on the defensive as India is the third largest trading partner for North Korea. "If more than 95% of trade is by one country (China), others in the list don't really matter, do they?" said an Indian official. The US has had singular failure in getting China to act definitively on North Korea.

Sources said the US wanted India to help to look for North Korean activity in the Indian sub-continent, which could be illicit activity under the garb of legitimate trade and suspicious movements of its people.

The US is clearly coming up dry in terms of options to deal with this intransigent nation which has advanced its technological prowess despite being under UN and US sanctions. But the Trump Administration is looking at this differently.

Having imposed sanctions on a couple of Chinese entities, Washington is on a mission to get its partners like Germany, France and India to cut back on engagement with Pyongyang as also remain on the same page. This is becoming difficult because of China and Russia, neither of whom really want to cooperate with the US at present.

At the recent G-20 summit in Hamburg, which took place under the shadow of Pyongyang's ICBM test of July 4, sources said 18 out of 20 countries issued strong statements condemning the test.

India said it was a threat to international peace. "North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear & ballistic missile programmes and proliferation links pose grave threat to international peace.

They also impacted India's national security, call upon North Korea to refrain from such actions that undermine international peace," MEA said.

The two countries who did not condemn the tests were South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is one of Washington's closest allies. Recent reports suggest that there are thousands of North Koreans working in the Gulf states like UAE and Qatar.

Some other reports also point to UAE's purchases of weapons from North Korea. All these countries are very close to the US, despite the current crisis in the Gulf.

However, Indians have been alerted to the possibility that North Korean cyber-criminals (apparently under guidance of the state) might be targeting India's IT sector, in terms of hacking or inserting malware. Nobody seems to have detailed evidence.

But a private threat intelligence company called Recorded Future released a study recently in which it said, "There are significant physical and virtual North Korean presences in several nations around the world — nations where North Koreans are likely engaging in malicious cyber and criminal activities. These nations include India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Kenya, Mozambique, and Indonesia."

Its report said they had analysed internet activity of North Koreans from April to July 2017. "Patterns of activity suggest that North Korea may have students at least in seven universities around the country and may be working with several research institutes and government departments. Nearly one-fifth of all activities observed during this time period involved India."

The bottom-line as far as India is concerned is that both China and Pakistan should be called out for their past and present collusion with North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.
 

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hasn't we already pick sides......

modi calling on trump at g20 meet , loud and clear " we are always together ."

He's also said India remembers and respects relationship with Russia.


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He's also said India remembers and respects relationship with Russia.


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Sushma Swaraj's veiled attack on Pakistan, China amid tense stand-offs
She also stressed that strong Indo-US partnership is key to stability in the region.

"One of the main challenges confronting the world today is the evolving situation in the Indo-Pacific. Strong India-US partnership is critical for peace, stability and prosperity in this region," Swaraj said.

She added that the increasing strategic convergence between India and the US was also reflected in bilateral defence ties as two-way military exchanges have grown in range and complexity.

"The focus now is on co-production and co-development. The recognition by the US of India as its Major Defence Partner is an important development; and we hope that it will enable higher levels of technology partnerships," she said.
 

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US sanctions Chinese, Russians over NKorea support


The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting the North Korean nuclear program and attempting to evade US sanctions.

"It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The Treasury Department, which oversees US sanctions programs, said those targeted by the sanctions had helped people known to support the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, had dealt in the reclusive country's energy trade, had helped exploit North Korean workers or enabled North Korean entities to gain access to the international financial system.

The move follows a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korean missile tests that show it is capable of reaching the US mainland.


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