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Patrick Wintour July 22, 2019
Britain seized an Iranian ship off Gibraltar for transporting oil to Syria before Iran seized a British ship, with a crew of mostly Indian nationals. Speaking on a US television channel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US has plans for a military convoy to protect international shipping off the Iranian coast and suggested the UK has a responsibility to protect its own ships....
Harriet Alexander and Chris Graham July 21, 2019
Iran seized one British-flagged oil tanker, claiming it had violated international maritime law, and briefly detained another, in what Harriet Alexander and Chris Graham, writing for the Telegraph, called “a major escalation of tensions in the Gulf.” Oil prices are rising. The first vessel had been headed for Saudi Arabia before sailing near an Iranian island and then stopped transmitting...
Laurence Norman July 15, 2019
Global influence is in the eyes of many beholders. Whether Iran complies with terms of the internationally negotiated nuclear arms deal could determine if Europe is the more influential global power or the United States. The challenge: Iran, anxious about the economic impact of US sanctions, has breached limits on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium since July 1. “European foreign ministers...
Kim Sengupta and Rob Merrick July 10, 2019
British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch resigned soon after release of his candid assessments describing the US president and his administration as inept and insecure. The UK is in the midst of a prime minister race after Theresa May failed to secure parliamentary agreement on Brexit plans. The candidates: Jeremy Hunt supported Darroch and Boris Johnson declined to do so: “it is understood [...
John Allsop July 9, 2019
Newspapers printed leaked diplomatic correspondence describing the Trump administration as “dysfunctional” and “diplomatically clumsy and inept.” The initial news report, acknowledging the US president is “notoriously thin-skinned, exposes concerns about the reliability of the United States as an ally, and the Trump administration responded that that it will no longer work with Ambassador Kim...
John Sudworth July 5, 2019
A parent’s love for a child is unconditional, and anxiety is intense during separations when parents can’t be sure of a child’s safety. In the western region of Xinjiang, China is placing Muslim adults in detention camps, sending children to boarding schools, and indoctrinating young and old to reject their faith and embrace Chinese culture and language. China imposes tight controls on the region...
Alexandra Ma July 1, 2019
Inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency confirm Iranian reports that the country has exceeded a limit on its enriched uranium hexafluoride as outlined in the 2015 nuclear deal. The United States withdrew from that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions. Iran initially abided by those limits as requested by the European Union, but announced a change of...