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Pompeo says US to impose tough sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if the country’s leadership did not change the course of its foreign and domestic policy. Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic that included working closely with the Pentagon and regional allies to contain Iran. Pompeo laid out 12 demands for Iran and said relief from economic…

US to impose sanctions on Russia ‘in the near future’: Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON:  The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia "in the near future," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday. The warning came as tensions heightened Tuesday between Moscow and Washington over possible punitive actions against Russian President Vladimir Putin's government for meddling in the US presidential election in 2016. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday declined to take new steps against Moscow under a law designed to retaliate for election interference, drawing criticism…