China the winner after pointless Canada-U.S. meeting on North Korea

By Charles Burton, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brock University. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak following a meeting on the security and stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward This week’s foreign ministers’ meeting on security and stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver… Please follow and like us:

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Moscow: US by Sanctions Want to Influence Russian Situation before Presidential Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said by drafting personal anti-Russian sanctions, the US is trying to influence the situation in Russia before the presidential election, as he commented on a report, in which the US is drafting a list of persons to undergo the sanctions. “By end of January, as we understand, will… Please follow and like us:

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Russia Denounces US Senate Report on Meddling as ‘Unfounded’

Russia has denounced a U.S. Senate report which accuses the Kremlin of election meddling with the intent to undermine democracies, saying it is “unfounded” and damaging for relations between the two countries. U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday warned that Russian operations to undermine democracy extend far beyond U.S. elections and accused President Donald Trump of failing… Please follow and like us:

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EU – IRAN – EU powers urge Trump to back Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to Donald Trump on Thursday to endorse a key nuclear deal with Iran as the US president mulls reimposing sanctions on Tehran. “The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check,” said EU foreign policy chief Federica… Please follow and like us:

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China covertly offering North Korea missiles, aid to halt nuclear program

China’s Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document. The document, labeled “top secret” and dated Sept. 15 – just 12 days after North Korea’s latest underground nuclear blast… Please follow and like us:

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Facebook, Twitter Threatened With Sanctions in Britain

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions in Britain if they fail to be more forthcoming in providing details about Russian disinformation campaigns that used their platforms in the run-up to last year’s Brexit referendum, the chairman of a British parliamentary inquiry committee warned. The companies have been given until January 18 to hand… Please follow and like us:

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Secretary of State: Americans Should Be ‘Encouraged’ with US Diplomatic Efforts

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has touted the diplomatic accomplishments of President Donald Trump’s administration this year, saying “Americans should be encouraged” by its dealings with the U.S.’ “greatest security threat,” North Korea, along with China and Russia. In an Op-Ed published Thursday in The New York Times, Tillerson wrote that Trump “abandoned the failed… Please follow and like us:

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State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have “agreed to continue to work toward a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula,” the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. A U.S. statement said the two spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss concerns related to North Korea’s “destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized… Please follow and like us:

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Is North Korea Stealing Bitcoin?

As the price of bitcoin continues to scale new heights (now over $19,000), it is also becoming increasingly attractive to hackers, and according to some security analysts’ reports, North Korea may be trying to steal the cryptocurrency. In a related development, the South Korean government announced Monday it was tracking its northern neighbor’s bitcoin-activity. Without confirming… Please follow and like us:

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EU puts UAE, Bahrain and Tunisia on tax haven blacklist

The European Union has released a blacklist of 17 countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Tunisia, which it says are tax havens. The bloc said on Tuesday that the countries the list, made public after months of screening of tax policies, were not doing enough to deal with offshore avoidance schemes. They will… Please follow and like us:

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Russia probe: Michael Flynn charged with lying to FBI

Michael Flynn, the former US national security adviser, has been charged with making false statements in relation to his conversation with the Russian ambassador before US President Donald Trump took office. He is expected to plead guilty to the charges later on Friday. The charges stem from an FBI probe into alleged Russia meddling in the… Please follow and like us:

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Report: Wells Fargo may face more federal sanctions

Wells Fargo & Co. may face new sanctions from a federal regulator over bad practices the bank has over the past last several months, including forcing auto loan customers into unneeded insurance policies and charging improper fees on some mortgage borrowers, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. The Journal said the Office of the Comptroller… Please follow and like us:

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Report: N. Korean Hackers Steal US-S. Korea Assassination Plan for Kim Jong Un

Computer hackers from North Korea are believed to have stolen a large number of classified military documents from South Korea, including plans to “decapitate” the North’s leadership. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday authorities believe hackers broke into a South Korean military data center in September 2016 and made off with the secret documents. Among… Please follow and like us:

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Bitcoin offers a way around economic sanctions

Bitcoin is a digital currency that exists only online. The value of each bitcoin unit is set by supply and demand in market transactions every day, just like most currencies are today. Since it was launched in 2009, bitcoin has been celebrated, especially by libertarians as a freedom-enhancing innovation potentially freeing people from government control. But… Please follow and like us:

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Analyst: Latest US Sanctions on North Korea Will Result in Full Trade Embargo

The latest executive order signed by President Donald Trump would, in effect, amount to a full trade and financial embargo, squeezing all the revenue channels North Korea maintains to finance its weapons programs, a former senior counterterrorism official said. On Sept. 21, less than two weeks after the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions, Trump turned… Please follow and like us:

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