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Washington imposes new sanctions on Tehran and more news

posted onMay 11, 2018

Following U.S. president Donald Trump's move to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against six individuals and three companies it said had funneled millions of dollars to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Qods Force (IRGC).

The 2015 deal was made by Iran and the US, the UK, Russia, France, China, Germany and the EU to ensure Tehran's nuclear programme was "exclusively peaceful". 

“As I said following the President’s announcement on Tuesday” that America would withdraw from the nuclear pact, “we are intent on cutting off IRGC revenue streams wherever their source and whatever their destination”, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. 

Trump's decision has given grace periods of 90 days to six months for companies to wind down their trade with Iran. 

Historic Trump-Kim summit set for Jun 12 in Singapore

Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, the US president announced Thursday via Twitter. 

"The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th," Trump wrote on the social media platform. "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" 

Trump made the announcement hours after the arrival in Washington of three U.S. citizens who had been imprisoned in North Korea. The three men, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, were released during a visit on Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump praised their release as an act of good will by Kim. 

Trump says 'five most wanted ISIS leaders captured' 
US President Donald Trump has claimed that five “most wanted” leaders of ISIS had been captured. “Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!” Trump wrote on Twitter.  

No further details about where or when the members were arrested were provided. A statement from the US-led coalition against ISIS called the arrests a “significant blow to Daesh,” using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. It was reported that the five were captured after being lured by Iraqi intelligence services into crossing the border from Syria. None of the statements released Thursday from the president or the coalition named the IS fighters arrested. 

Merkel says US withdrawal hurts 'international order'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped up her criticism of U.S. unilateralism, saying President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal “damages trust in the international order”. 

"I believe it is not right that a deal which was agreed, which was voted upon in the UN Security Council and unanimously approved, should be unilaterally terminated. That damages trust in the international order,” Merkel said at an international conference in the northern German city of Munster. 

Pointing also to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change, Merkel added: "If we always say that, if we don't like things and we can't achieve a new international order, everyone will do what they feel like, that's bad news for the world." 

With reporting by Reuters, DW, CNN