International Sanctions

UN imposes sanctions on Haqqani group and its leader Qari Zakir

An insurgent's body after 2011's US embassy attack. Photo: NYT

The UN Security Council has ordered global sanctions against the Haqqani militant group in Afghanistan and its suicide attack mastermind.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 4:29am

Iran probe widens to 2 more banks

RBS says it may face a material impact from the US probe. Photo: AP

US authorities are investigating Royal Bank of Scotland and Commerzbank over possible breaches of sanctions on Iran, in a widening crackdown which has already cost Standard Chartered a hefty fine.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:13am

Rude response exposes two world views

'You f-king Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we're not going to deal with the Iranians?'

4 Sep 2012 - 9:43pm

Channel hop

In Cuba, a research biologist gets paid US$25 a month. To do a simple scientific expedition, marine researchers have to get permission from 15 government departments, including the military. And to visit the small communist country is to step back 50 years. Aside from in the modern resorts that kiss the island's fringes, there are few modern conveniences. The cars are old and rusting.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Diplomacy the best way to handle Iran

No right-thinking government can oppose efforts to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. Proliferation by rogue nations endangers regional and global peace and security. Years of dialogue and sanctions have not worked, though, so a new international strategy is needed. Making Iran's people or those of its trading partners suffer is not the answer.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK shell firms helping Iranian shipper may escape penalty

Shell companies set up in Hong Kong to help Iran's national shipping line evade United Nations sanctions might not face punishment because 'they have no actual business operation' here, a senior official told lawmakers yesterday.

Hong Kong last month enacted the latest round of sanctions against Iran passed by the Security Council last June.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Japan, US foil Beijing push to end EU arms embargo

Japan and the United States appear to have thwarted a fresh push by China to end the European Union's long-standing embargo on arms sales to the PLA - for now at least.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Obama should end all sanctions on Cuba

US policy towards Cuba has been a failure. The Castro regime is no nearer to collapse than when the economic embargo was imposed 47 years ago. US President Barack Obama's executive order ending restrictions on Cuban-Americans' travel and remittances to the Caribbean island is a major break with an ineffective and unjust approach.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Now Washington must lift its Cuban embargo

Cuban President Fidel Castro's resignation may seem like the end of an era, but it means little for the people of the Caribbean island.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Iran sanctions gazetted

United Nations sanctions against Iran have been gazetted locally. The gazette implements sanctions against Iran imposed by the UN Security Council, which include prohibiting the supply, delivery, transfer and carriage of certain nuclear-related items, material, equipment, goods and technology to Iran.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Little progress expected on wen's european visit

Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Europe is unlikely to achieve anything substantial, with an arms embargo breakthrough unlikely, according to analysts.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

EU wants progress on rights

The European Union said yesterday it wanted progress from China including the signing of a human-rights treaty as it makes a final decision on whether to lift an embargo on selling weapons to Beijing.

8 May 2005 - 12:00am

New approach to old values

Premier Wen Jiabao, addressing the China-Europe Summit in The Hague on December 9, said: 'Countries with different systems can peacefully co-exist. China and Europe protect a variety of civilisations, promoting dialogue between different types.'

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Wishful thinking in Europe

China and the European Union will hold their seventh summit today in The Hague as both sides work to strengthen their already close relationship.

Important agreements, on science and technology, customs co-operation, non-proliferation and arms control, are expected to be signed.

8 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Arms embargo a 'sign of inequality'

Beijing says EU ban will affect ties but denies holding up Airbus order in retaliation

Beijing said yesterday it wanted to be treated as an equal by Europe as it again urged the EU to lift its decade-old arms embargo.

4 Dec 2004 - 12:00am