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Jan 13, 2012

U.S. upgrades ties with Myanmar as reforms continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it would upgrade diplomatic relations with Myanmar after President Barack Obama called the release of 200 political prisoners a “substantial step forward” in the Southeast Asian country’s democratic reforms.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was ready to begin the process of exchanging full ambassadors after an absence of two decades, and would consider additional measures if the new civilian-led government’s reforms continue.

Jan 13, 2012

Obama orders more steps to “build confidence” with Myanmar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it would upgrade diplomatic relations with Myanmar after President Barack Obama called the release of 200 political prisoners a “substantial step forward” in the Southeast Asian country’s democratic reforms.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was ready to begin the process of exchanging full ambassadors after an absence of two decades, and would consider additional measures if the new civilian-led government’s reforms continue.

Jan 13, 2012

U.S. slaps sanctions on China state oil trader over Iran

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The United States on
Thursday imposed sanctions on China’s state-run Zhuhai Zhenrong
Corp, which it said was Iran’s largest supplier of refined
petroleum products, as it sought to impress on Beijing and
Tehran its resolve to increase economic pressure over Iran’s
nuclear program.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also imposed sanctions on
Singapore’s Kuo Oil Pte Ltd and FAL Oil Company Ltd, an
independent energy trader based in the United Arab Emirates, the
State Department said in a notice.

Jan 13, 2012

U.S. slaps sanctions on China state energy trader over

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on China’s state-run Zhuhai Zhenrong Corp, which it said was Iran’s largest supplier of refined petroleum products, as it sought to impress on Beijing and Tehran its resolve to increase economic pressure over Iran’s nuclear program.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also imposed sanctions on Singapore’s Kuo Oil Pte Ltd and FAL Oil Company Ltd, an independent energy trader based in the United Arab Emirates, the State Department said in a notice.

Jan 12, 2012

U.S. sanctions China state energy trader for Iran sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday sanctioned China’s state-run Zhuhai Zhenrong Corp, which it said was Iran’s largest supplier of refined petroleum products, as it sought to impress on Beijing and Tehran its resolve to increase economic pressure over Iran’s nuclear program.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also imposed sanctions on Singapore’s Kuo Oil Pte Ltd and FAL Oil Company Ltd, an independent energy trader based in the United Arab Emirates, the State Department said in a notice.

Jan 11, 2012

Top U.S. official meets Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number two official in the U.S. State Department met with a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday but chose not to see a more hardline Islamist group that has also fared well in Egypt’s first free legislative vote in decades.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met Mohamed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), in Washington’s highest level outreach to the Islamist group as part of a series of meetings with Egyptian political figures in Cairo, the State Department said.

Jan 7, 2012

U.S. weighs retaliation over Europe aviation law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for possible retaliation in response to a European law requiring airlines to pay for carbon emissions.

Discussions between key agencies have ramped up recently, although there is no consensus yet on what, if anything, the U.S. government should do unilaterally or in concert with other nations also upset with the law.

Jan 6, 2012

Analysis: U.S. weighs retaliation over Europe aviation law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for possible retaliation in response to a European law requiring airlines to pay for carbon emissions.

Discussions between key agencies have ramped up recently, although there is no consensus yet on what, if anything, the U.S. government should do unilaterally or in concert with other nations also upset with the law.

Jan 5, 2012

Analysis: Iran sanctions push is test for West diplomacy

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plunging rial. A ransacked embassy. A flurry of war games.

Evidence abounds of the unprecedented pressure on Iran wrought by a sharp escalation in sanctions intended to compel the Islamic Republic to rein in its nuclear program.

Jan 3, 2012

U.S. hopes new Iran sanctions more scalpel than axe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has armed itself with some of the toughest sanctions yet targeting Iran but must carefully assess how to avoid catching energy-importing allies such as Japan, South Korea and India in the crossfire.

President Barack Obama signed the law on Saturday imposing sanctions on financial institutions that deal with Iran’s central bank, the main clearinghouse through which OPEC’s No. 2 oil exporter deals with clients around the world.