US Defends No Decision Sanctions on '210 People Near the Kremlin'

The Trump Administration defended its decision not to immediately impose sanctions on the Russian people mentioned in the report detailing the wealth and political activities of Russian insiders and billionaires.

The report details financial links and politics of Russian politicians and the 96 so-called affluent "oligarchs" under Putin's control.

But the report does not mention the imposition of new sanctions against the Russian government or the people on the list and raises the question of whether Trump is too (19659003) When pressed before the Senate Banking Committee, Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions are being processed.

"Our sanctions require enormous intelligence work." There is an enormous effort to make this report , and that's what we're doing Now we'll use the report as a basis and decide d imana deserves to impose sanctions. So this should not mean that 'we do not impose sanctions on anyone in the report', "Mnuchin said.

In a statement accompanying the release of the report, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert explained there was no plan to immediately impose sanctions on Russia or those mentioned in the document.

Nauert said the report was already detrimental to Russian companies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the report "hostile action," but said Russia chose not to take immediate retaliation .

"What does this action mean? I do not understand. But of course this action is not friendly. This complicates the already difficult Russian-American relationship and is certainly detrimental to international relations as a whole, "Putin said.

The Democrats and many foreign policy analysts question Trump's reluctance to take action against Russia, given the evidence of Russian interference in the selection of Trump which brought him to power. [my/ii]

The decision of the Immigration Status of Syrians in the US to Be Announced Immediately

A Syrian resident living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will know on Tuesday whether the Trump government will extend or cancel the immigration status, as did three other countries in several (19659002) The decision scheduled for today, will affect the fate of some 6,000 Syrians.

TPS allows some foreign nationals who face natural disasters or extreme violence to stay and work legally in America.

Because the status of the TPS does not lead to the granting of permanent licenses or citizenship status, foreign nationals with TPS status which are then canceled, should be deported. In this case, they must return to Syria, where the warfarefalls into the seventh year.

In 2016, the last time the TPS status for Syria was renewed, the US Department of Citizenship and Immigration cited continued armed conflict, which meant that "the return of Syrians to Syria will pose a serious threat to their own safety. "

Syria is one of the newly added countries to the list of TPS countries. The country is set to be eligible for a polling station in 2012, before the rise of violence by ISIS.

Since the extremist group has been expelled from the de facto capital of Syria last year, "the country is now entering a dangerous new milestone, as the Syrian government continues to launch war to seize the territories of the country from opposition forces, "according to a January report released by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, a nonprofit group that provides legal aid to immigrants. [ps/jm]

EU looks forward to Trump decision related to Iran nuclear deal

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he expected the White House to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and its destabilizing actions in the Middle East. But he said the decision on whether America would abolish other sanctions under the 2015 nuclear agreement, called JCPOA, is entirely up to President Donald Trump. The deadline for the decision is Friday (1/12). Meanwhile, according to VOA reporter Henry Ridgwell in London, other JCPOA signatories have expressed their support for the deal.

Protesters in Brussels demonstrated against the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday to show their solidarity against anti-government demonstrations in Iran.

But soon after being inside the EU office there, Zarif received a warmer welcome from his colleagues in the European Union, who insisted that the 2015 nuclear deal was proceeding as expected.

Federica Mogherini, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs of the European Union, said, "The agreement reached its primary goal, namely ensuring Iran's nuclear program is controlled and monitored at close range."

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said other Iranian acts on The Middle East should not affect the nuclear deal.

"We should not say but at the same time we have to focus on what Iran can do to help overcome the crisis in Yemen, help to secure peace in Syria, and help solve other problems in the region. "

The meeting took place at night ahead of a deadline for US President Donald Trump to decide whether to abolish sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal.

Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin told reporters his decision was up to the president but he predicted there would be new sanctions from the White House. 19659003] "I estimate there will be new sanctions against Iran. We are still considering it. I think there will be new sanctions. "

The 2015 Agreement has put some sanctions against Tehran out after Iran halts its uranium enrichment activities. The UN nuclear agency, the IAEA, said Tehran abides by the terms of the deal.

But according to analyst Paulina Izewicz of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Europe and the United States have different views on the agreement.

perspective of the United States, the deal is more than just nuclear. There are concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and Iran's regional activities. The issues are not considered as important by Europe. "

While Europeans support the nuclear deal, Izewicz says the future of the deal depends on President Trump's decision.

" Although all parties have made great efforts to affirm that this is a deal multilaterally, the American decision is crucial to the deal. It's primarily concerned with loosening sanctions and the enormous influence of the United States. "

All attention is now pouring into Washington, precisely to Donald Trump, who is preparing to make a decision, which, according to some observers, of one of the most important foreign policies of the year his first presidential term. [ab/lt]

Trump's decision overshadows Iran's nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump meets with his national security team on Thursday to decide whether to impose sanctions on Iran, which will threaten a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

All European leaders ask Trump to renew a sanctions recovery sanctions as agreed by Washington at the time, but Trump denounced the deal as the worst deal of all time.

US officials estimate that although reluctant, Trump will sign off the sanctions. The elimination of the sanctions will expire this weekend. There are allegations that he will impose new sanctions on Tehran that are not related to Iran's nuclear issue.

But the anxiety that plagues Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris underscores what is at stake here: The US president who often changes his mind has the potential to deliberately sabotage the important deal.

American allies assess the agreement between the six world powers and Iran as the best way to prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons and a victory for multilateral diplomacy.

But Trump argues that his predecessor, Barack Obama is too much succumbed and gave Iran sanctions free, without forcing the Islamic Republic to end its ballistic missile program and also end aggressive support for the militant group. [ps/jm]

US Court Blocks Trump's Decision to End DACA

A US federal judge ordered the Trump government to defend a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who illegally entered the United States as children from deportation possibilities.

In September, President Donald Trump concluded a program called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and gave Congress a six-month time to bring a definitive legal decision to about 800,000 immigrants.

A US District Court in the state of California issued a decree supporting the group of individuals and institutions, including the University of California, who is suing the government not to end the DACA, the court judge said the program was still in effect before the legal issue was resolved.

The court said plaintiffs may show that they are likely to suffer serious harm and difficult to overcome if DACA terminated, and that interest pu bundle fulfilled if the program continues.

The court decision stipulates that those who have been included in the DACA program prior to the September Trump decision remain protected and may renew their contracts. However, the decision also allows the government not to process those who attempt to enroll in the DACA program for the first time, and deport anyone considered threatening national and public security. [ab/uh]