China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The financial hub has been rocked by nearly six months
The use of punitive sanctions to exert “maximum pressure” on Iran to capitulate to Trump administration demands has failed miserably. Iran not only refuses to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal but also rejects dialogue with the administration. The two sides stir tensions by sniping at each other although neither seeks war.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui travelled to Moscow on Monday, possibly to discuss North Korea’s efforts to negotiate an agreement with the United States,
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The bill, to be introduced by Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democrat Chris Van Hollen, would also impose secondary sanctions on banks that do business with entities found to violate the law guaranteeing Hong Kong's autonomy.