US blacklists Myanmar general over North Korea arms deals

Aung San Suu Kyi talks with Major General Thein Htay. Photo: AFP

The United States placed a Myanmar general on its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday for arms deals with North Korea that violated a UN Security Council embargo on buying weapons from Pyongyang.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 12:21am

Pyongyang glitters but most of North Korea still dark

Pyongyang commuters ride on a trolleybus as it passes propaganda posters. Photo: AP

Inside Pyongyang supermarkets where shopgirls wear faux French designer labels, people with money can buy Italian wine, Swiss chocolates, kiwifruit imported from New Zealand and fresh-baked croissants.

28 Apr 2013 - 3:12pm

Jilin plans to boost North Korea links after sanctions move

A Chinese border province has announced plans to beef up transport and trade links with North Korea, including new railways to the frontier, soon after pledges by Beijing to implement tough new UN sanctions.

27 Mar 2013 - 9:38pm

EU suspends most Zimbabwe sanctions after referendum

EU deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe Carl Skau announces the removal of 81 individuals and 5 entities from the EU sanctions list in Harare. Photo: AFP

The European Union suspended most sanctions on Zimbabwe on Monday after voters there approved a new constitution paving the way for an election to decide whether President Robert Mugabe extends his 33-year rule.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:11am

Pakistan's need for gas drives partnership with Iran on pipeline

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei talks with Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting for the gas pipeline project. Photo: AFP

Islamabad and Tehran are all set to begin work on a much delayed US$7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, a project that faces stiff opposition from the United States. The project can bring an economic bonanza for Iran, which faces sanctions from the United Nations, the US and the European Union over its nuclear programme.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

North Korea says sanctions will boost its nuclear deterrent

New South Korean military officers in Gyeryong, south of Seoul. Tensions in Korea have increased after North Korea responded to new UN sanctions with threats of nuclear war. Photo: AFP

North Korea said on Saturday that UN sanctions would only make its nuclear and missile programmes stronger, with the foreign ministry hinting at further nuclear tests to come.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:20pm

No deal with US on North Korea sanctions, says top Chinese envoy

Cui Tiankai. Photo: EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat who is poised to become China's next ambassador to the US said yesterday that Beijing and Washington have not struck a tentative deal on expanding sanctions on North Korea, describing a previous report as "inaccurate".

7 Mar 2013 - 9:36am

Briefs, February 24, 2013

Pakistani Shiites yesterday demanded that the leader of a banned Sunni militant group be put on trial, a day after his arrest following deadly sectarian attacks in the city of Quetta.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:58am

North Korea threatens ‘final destruction’ of South Korea

North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the UN Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the UN Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take “second and third steps” after a nuclear test last week.

19 Feb 2013 - 9:23pm

EU tightens sanctions against North Korea after nuclear test

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal in Brussels. Photo: EPA

The European Union agreed on a raft of new sanctions on Monday against North Korea in retaliation for the country’s nuclear test last week, EU officials said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Huawei in new Iran, EU setbacks

News for certain companies seems to come in waves, which has certainly been the case for embattled telecoms equipment giant Huawei these past couple of weeks. 

1 Feb 2013 - 12:38pm

Briefs, December 19, 2012

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou pledged not to interfere with freedom of speech or the media, and said he had called on Beijing to release Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. 

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

Limited options to punish N Korea rocket launch

A South Korean protester sits near defaced portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a rally denouncing North Korea's rocket launch in Seoul on Thursday. Photo: AP

With North Korea seemingly intent on going ahead with its planned rocket launch, the international community must decide how it can punish a country that has proved largely impervious to past sanctions.

11 Dec 2012 - 12:14pm

Russia anger at US linking of rights and trade

Russian officials are promising a tough response to US legislation that would impose sanctions on Kremlin officials if Congress finds them responsible for violating human rights.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Syrians forced to sell heirlooms just to survive

A woman examines gold rings in Damascus. Photo: SCMP Pictures

In a Damascus jewellery shop, the customer's jaw drops when he hears what he is being offered for his gold ring. Barely US$100. "Can't you do any better?" he asks timidly before accepting the deal.

After nearly 20 long months of conflict, many Syrians are now digging deep into their pockets, with many having to sell their jewellery - including family heirlooms - just to survive.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:01am