Posts tagged as Mike Pompeo

‘A significant shift’: US oil for Belarus reaches Lithuania

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The first shipment of US oil for Belarus reached Lithuania on Friday, marking a “significant shift” for Minsk as it seeks to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. Amid standoff with Moscow over tariffs, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko previously called for a third of the country’s oil exports to come via Baltic ports. Belarus has already imported oil shipments from Saudi Arabia and…

Iran categorically rejects ‘U.S. unfounded claims’ on attacks to oil tankers

Friday, June 14, 2019

Iran has categorically rejected claims that the country was behind the attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday, saying they are responsible for maintaining the security of the Strait of Hormuz where the incidents took place. But the Islamic Republic’s version of events is strongly disputed by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stated that intelligence pointed towards Iran being behind the attack. The U.S. military released images…

Mike Pompeo: the US “has not been treated fairly” by Europe

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Darren McCaffrey spoke to Mike Pompeo on a number of issues regarding the US and Europe. Trade tensions have risen ever since the Trump administration put tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports. The American president has been a vocal supporter of Brexit – something clearly damaging to the European Union. He’s also directed European countries to reject business from Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. On top of all this…

Cracks, confusion in US approach to North Korea as Trump openly defies advisers

By Conor Finnegan on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Three months after the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, cracks and confusion are starting to show in the administration’s approach. President Trump said he views recent missile launches by Kim’s regime “differently” than his advisers. The State Department declined to call those launches “ballistic missiles” or say they violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, even after the Pentagon used the term “ballistic missiles”…

U.S. foreign minister visits Russia

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

U.S. foreign minister Mike Pompeo has visited Russia to meet with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin after a special U.S. investigation documented extensive election meddling by Russia, in particular by manipulating social media. «Interference in American elections is unacceptable. If Russia engaged in that in 2020, it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been,» French news agency AFP cited U.S.…

Russia Sanctions Won’t Work If Trump Doesn’t Back Them Up

By Editorial Board on Monday, August 13, 2018

The Trump administration’s new sanctions against Russia, imposed last week in response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, are welcome. They are also confusing, contrasting as they do the words and behavior of President Donald Trump himself, who has repeatedly and publicly lavished praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin. One hopes the real U.S. strategy is to stand strong against Russia’s transgressions.…

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Says No War, No Negotiations With US

Monday, August 13, 2018

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned holding any direct talks with the United States, according to state television. “I ban holding any talks with America … America never remains loyal to its promises in talks… just gives empty words … and never retreats from its goals for talks,” Khamenei said. Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that its allies and partners should join with the United States to deny funding to the leaders…

Post Trump-Kim summit: US to give North Korea timeline with specific tasks soon, says official

Monday, June 25, 2018

The United States will soon present a timeline to North Korea with “specific asks” of Pyongyang after a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a senior US defence official said. The official, who spoke to a small group of reporters ahead of a trip to Asia this week by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, did not specify details but suggested that the timeline…

North Korea says may reconsider summit with Trump, suspends talks with South

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

North Korea threw next month’s unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearisation. The North’s official KCNA news agency said earlier on Wednesday Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in the first sign of trouble in what had been warming ties. Citing first vice minister…