Sanctions Articles


Rubio: Ratchet Up Russia Sanctions

4:08 PM, Apr 15, 2014

Marco Rubio is pushing President Obama to strengthen Russian sanctions. “Russia’s efforts to foment unrest in eastern Ukraine are tantamount to another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Assertions from Moscow that Russia is not involved hold little credibility, particularly in the wake of its unlawful annexation of Crimea," the Florida senator writes in a statement released by his office.

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John Kerry's Rules For the 21st Century

2:24 PM, Apr 03, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry believes that, 

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Sanctions Take Time

11:59 AM, Apr 01, 2014

The non-military measures taken against Russia for its actions in Crimea and against its threatened invasion of Ukraine has not, as yet, had any discernible military effect. Reuters reports that NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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A Way to Sanction the Russians

10:10 AM, Mar 22, 2014

Josh Gelernter on how to sanction the Russians:

Crimea has been annexed, and the Kremlin isn’t impressed by meager American Anschluss sanctions. More sanctions are evidently coming, and they present an opportunity.

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Iran ... Still in the Market

12:25 PM, Mar 18, 2014

As William Maclean of Reuters reports, Iran has not let deals and agreements get in the way of its effort to build a bomb. He interviewed:

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Obama Sanctions 'Individuals and Entities' Involved in Ukraine Crisis

7:38 AM, Mar 06, 2014

President Obama "has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine," according to the White House. 

White House spokesman Jay Carney explains in a statement:

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On Ukraine, America Has Good Options

1:02 PM, Mar 04, 2014

Vladimir Putin is aggressive, increasingly armed, and dangerous.

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The Collapse of Sanctions on Iran

The White House gets what it wants.
Mar 03, 2014

The economic news from Tehran is good—good, that is, if you are a state sponsor of terror moving toward a nuclear weapons program. If on the other hand you were hoping that sanctions might persuade the Iranians to cease and desist, the news is disastrous.

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Of Mullahs and Lawyers

Iranian success in European courtrooms.
Feb 24, 2014

In a recently leaked private phone call, an EU foreign policy official, Helga Schmid, grumbled to the EU’s ambassador to Kiev that it was “very annoying” that the United States had criticized the EU for being “too soft” to impose sanctions on Ukraine. Criticism may be annoying, but EU softness is a fact of life, and the transatlantic trouble over sanctions goes beyond Ukraine. For the past year, British and European Union sanctions against Iran have faced a string of legal challenges and lost nearly every round.

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Iran to Get More than $20 Billion in Sanctions Relief

4:31 PM, Feb 14, 2014

Over at the Washington Free Beacon today, Adam Kredo’s report confirms what THE WEEKLY STANDARD has been reporting since the November meeting in Geneva where the P5+1 came to an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program: the 

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Kristol: Will the Pro-Israel Community Choose Bipartisanship Over Stopping Iran?

10:37 AM, Feb 07, 2014

In response to various media reports on the Iran sanctions bill, the chairman of the Emergency Committee for Israel, William Kristol, released this statement:

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Iran Foreign Minister: WH Wrong About Deal, 'We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything'

5:44 PM, Jan 22, 2014

Foreign Minister Zarif of Iran said on CNN that the White House is getting the nuclear deal wrong -- and that they don't have to give up anything: 

Said the Iranian foreign minister, "The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitment. And I'm not interested in that. I'm simply saying, why don't we all stick to what we agreed? Why do we need to produce different texts?"

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Condemnation Without Consequence

2:14 PM, Jan 14, 2014

Lest the American people be put off by the chortling, boasting, and provoking of the Obama administration's Iranian negotiating partner, the administration has tried to deflect domestic political pressure by putting out a statement "condemning" the wreath-laying by the Iranian foreign minister at the grave of a Hezbollah terrorist leader with much American blood on his hands.

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Yoko Ono vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

12:46 PM, Jan 14, 2014

President Obama yesterday uttered words about Iran we know come from the heart: “What we want to do is give diplomacy a chance, and give peace a chance.”

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Cantor: 'The Underlying Agreement Does Nothing to Reverse Iran's Nuclear Program'

10:52 AM, Jan 13, 2014

House majority leader Eric Cantor responds to the Iran deal:

“This expected and overdue implementation only furthers a deeply flawed agreement that legitimizes Iran's flagrant violations of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for the full suspension of its nuclear program. Although Congress still needs to investigate key details of this implementation plan, the underlying agreement does nothing to reverse Iran's nuclear program, allows it to continue industrial-scale enrichment of uranium and fails to address critical aspects of Iran's weaponization research.

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Harry Reid Blocks Iran Sanctions Vote

Obama tougher on Congress than Iran.
7:07 AM, Jan 13, 2014

The Iran nuclear deal is in place. And Senate majority leader Harry Reid is preventing the Senate from voting on Iran sanctions to be implemented in case the Iran deal fails. Reid is holding up the vote at the urging of President Obama.

The Emergency Committee for Israel is calling on Reid to allow a vote on the sanctions bill that's supported by many Democrats and Republicans, and well over half of the Senate.

"Who says President Obama isn't tough?" ECI asks in its statement.

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Ad Targets DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz for Opposing Iran Sanctions

4:00 PM, Jan 10, 2014

A new ad slated to start airing this weekend targets Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for opposing Iran sanctions:

The ad is being sponsored by the Emergency Committee for Israel.

"The ad contrasts Rep. Wasserman Schultz's very public pro-Israel rhetoric and tough talk on Iran with her behind the scenes obstruction of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill," ECI says in a press release accompanying the release of the ad.

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White House Defends Accusing Democrats of Wanting to Go to War With Iran

3:37 PM, Jan 10, 2014

A clip today of spokesman Jay Carney defending the White House's accusation that some Democrats (and Republicans) want to go to war with Iran:

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Report: DNC Chair Fighting Against Sanctioning Iran

12:42 PM, Jan 07, 2014

Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has become a major obstacle to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions measure, according to multiple sources on Capitol Hill and in Florida.

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ECI: Obama 'Harsher' to Members of Congress than Iran

5:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013

The Emergency Committee for Israel released this statement following the White House's threat to veto a bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill, which was introduced today in the Senate:

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We’re All Hardliners Now

New legislation shows Congress and American public are united in their distrust of Obama's Iran deal.
4:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013

A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue.

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Iranian Spokeswoman: 'Structure of Sanctions Has Cracked and Its Collapse Has Started'

3:36 PM, Dec 12, 2013

The Iranians are saying the nuclear deal means the beginning of the end of sanctions. At least that's what a foreign ministry spokeswoman told the Iranian press.

Via Farsnews:

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The Use and Abuse of Sanctions

The Iranian bomb is all that matters.
Dec 09, 2013

Last week’s interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear weapons program offers the regime sanctions relief even as U.S. lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, are demanding more and stricter sanctions. The White House counters that more sanctions will only narrow diplomatic channels, drive the Iranians away from the negotiating table, and lead to war. Critics of the deal argue that by providing sanctions relief Obama is simply feeding an Iranian beast hungry for more concessions.

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Abject Surrender by the United States

What does Israel do now?
8:50 AM, Nov 24, 2013

Negotiations for an “interim” arrangement over Iran’s nuclear weapons program finally succeeded this past weekend, as Security Council foreign ministers (plus Germany) flew to Geneva to meet their Iranian counterpart.  After raising expectations of a deal by first convening on November 8-10, it would have been beyond humiliating to gather again without result.  So agreement was struck despite solemn incantations earlier that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

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Senators to Push for Further Iran Sanctions

4:43 PM, Nov 21, 2013

A statement from a bipartisan group of senators pushing further sanctions on Iran:

“A nuclear weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security of the United States and its allies and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability. We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation as soon as possible.”

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'Don't Loosen Sanctions on Iran'

6:01 PM, Nov 20, 2013

A new web ad warns against relaxing sanctions "until the threat from Iran is totally dismantled": 

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What Happened to Bombing Iran?

How the “hardline” American position on the Islamic Republic got farmed out to Israel.
12:12 PM, Nov 19, 2013

It’s Congress’s fault if there’s a war with Iran, says the White House. Last week administration officials showed their frustration with lawmakers who seek to impose another round of sanctions on the Iranians. "It is important to understand that if pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options, then, do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?" said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "The American people do not want a march to war."

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Podcast: Obama's Iran Negotiations Represent A 'Revolution' In US Foreign Policy

Hosted by Michael Graham.
5:40 PM, Nov 08, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on President Obama's puzzling new Iran strategy.

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Kristol Podcast: The Winning GOP Mantra: No to Obamacare, No to Iranian Nukes

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:50 PM, Nov 07, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on his recent advance editorial.

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