Iran may be less likely to halt its nuclear weaponry program after the U.S. and Europe failed to stop Russia from annexing part of Ukraine, which 20 years ago gave up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, said former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen.
William Cohen, a former U.S. Defense secretary, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the threat posed by Russia to Ukraine -- which 20 years ago gave up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees -- may make Iran less likely to agree to forgo nuclear weapon development.
A 36-story office tower in midtown Manhattan worth more than $500 million and six other properties will be sold to provide funds for terrorism-related judgments against the Iranian government under a settlement announced by the U.S.
Saudi Arabia boosted crude exports by 3.5 percent in February to the highest in five months, while Iran’s shipments gained and Iraq sold the most oil for at least 12 years, the Joint Organisations Data Initiative said.
Forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool at U.S. President Barack Obama’s disposal if he wants to stop Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions, according to former government officials and sanctions specialists.
Angela Merkel wasn’t in a hurry to inflict economic pain on Russia. Cautious, pragmatic and mindful of German business ties to the country, the chancellor tried to defuse the Ukraine crisis through back-channel diplomacy and frequent phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin.