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Donald Trump

Is Trump’s letter a failure of his “New South Asia” policy?

1397/9/15 | 00:53
  Both foreign and information ministry of Pakistan, along with the U.S officials, have confirmed that a letter from the President of United States of America Donald Trump has been received by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. In the letter, President Trump has asked Pakistan to aid in the ongoing negotiation process with Taliban.   It is the first constructive development between two leaders after the exchange of fierce tweets two weeks ago when Donald Trump accused Pakistan of playing a double game vis-à-vis Afghanistan. “Since ...

Trilateral summit between Afghanistan US and Pakistan: Will the afghan war finally end?

1397/9/14 | 00:53
  Ambassador Munir Akram Ex. Permanent Representative of Pakistan in UN in a program “Live with Dr. Moeed Pirzada” talked about US invitation to Pakistan for the trilateral summit, which is due in Doha in December 2018. While answering the question related to the ‘expectations of US from Pakistan’ and the ‘letter of Trump’ to Imran Khan, Ambassador Akram considered it a positive development as such a formal and direct message shows US’s acknowledgment of the sacrifices of Pakistan and its role as a regional power. 55% ...

Is Trump’s letter a failure of his “New South Asia” policy?

1397/9/13 | 00:53
  Both foreign and information ministry of Pakistan, along with the U.S officials, have confirmed that a letter from the President of United States of America Donald Trump has been received by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. In the letter, President Trump has asked Pakistan to aid in the ongoing negotiation process with Taliban.   It is the first constructive development between two leaders after the exchange of fierce tweets two weeks ago when Donald Trump accused Pakistan of playing a double game vis-à-vis Afghanistan. “Since ...

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks

1397/9/13 | 00:53
  Pakistan said on Monday U.S. President Donald Trump has sought its help with faltering Afghan peace talks, part of intensifying efforts by Trump to end one of America’s longest wars. Trump, in a letter to new Prime Minister Imran Khan, asked for Pakistan’s “support and facilitation” in negotiating an end to the war and offered to renew the strained relationship, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said. The overture to Khan represents a sea change from Trump’s normally harsh rhetoric towards Pakistan, and will add to growing ...

US official: Military action on the table against Iran

1397/9/10 | 00:53
  The Trump administration says military action against Iran could be possible should US sanctions against the country fail to curb Tehran from threatening Washington's interests. The threat by Brian Hook, the US State Department's director of policy planning and head of Iran Action Group, on Thursday came a day after Tehran asserted that it did not seek a war with any other nation. "We have been very clear with the Iranian regime that we will not hesitate to use military force when our interests are threatened," Hook said. "I ...

Why Trump hates Pakistan?

1397/9/8 | 00:53
  President Donald Trump’s tirade of accusation that Pakistan did nothing for the United States in the war on terror agitated not only the Pakistanis but also puzzled many Americans. The Pakistani ruling elite immediately overruled his judgment and Pentagon reiterated that Pakistan remains a critical partner to America’s South Asia strategy. The latter’s deviation from Trump’s perception underscores that he was not taken seriously even in Washington. Nevertheless, Trump’s recent salvo further derails bilateral ties between Pakistan ...

False claim in Trump’s tweets against Pakistan unearthed by US media

1397/9/1 | 00:53
  In his tweets on Pakistan on Monday, US President Donald Trump claimed that he had identified Osama bin Laden as a threat to the United States in a book he wrote almost two years before the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. However, the US media on Tuesday said that his claim was not correct.   A fact-check by the Associated Press news agency showed that the book — The America We Deserve— had “only a passing mention of bin Laden”, pointing to the Al-Qaeda leader “as one of many threats to US security”. Mr Trump in ...

Diplomatic channels ramp up damage control after Trump-Khan spat

1397/8/30 | 00:53
  After the fresh face-off between US President Donald Trump and PM Imran Khan, diplomatic channels in both countries have ramped up attempts to control the damage with Pentagon and US government’s senior officials admitting their crucial ties with Islamabad at the military and strategic level in South Asia. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua both have conveyed reminders to the Trump Administration of Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror albeit with calls for maintaining ...

US to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

1397/8/30 | 00:53
  President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to stick by ally Saudi Arabia even while admitting that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the brutal murder of a dissident journalist. "It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump said in a statement. "We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he said. "The United States intends ...

Trump can’t ditch MbS because of personal stakes: report

1397/8/29 | 00:53
  US President Donald Trump can’t let go of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite increasing evidence that the prince ordered the murder of a Saudi critic overseas, and that is because the US president has personal stakes in propping up Mohammed, a new report suggests. An article by The New York Times’ White House correspondent on Sunday explained why Trump was sticking with Mohammed even as “evidence piles up pointing to the Saudi crown prince’s responsibility in the brutal killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” Khashoggi ...

Pakistan ups the ante: Imran Khan's befitting reply to Donald Trump

1397/8/28 | 00:53
  In a scathing rejoinder to Donald Trump over his fresh rant, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the US president should do self-assessment instead of “making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures” in Afghanistan. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Trump fired off a fresh tirade against Pakistan saying that “they [Pakistan] don’t do a damn thing for us” even though Washington gave Islamabad billions of dollars in aid. Going a step further, Trump accused Pakistan of sheltering Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda kingpin ...

We don’t give Pakistan aid anymore: Trump

1397/8/28 | 00:53
  President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his administration’s decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country does not do "a damn thing" for the US and its government had helped al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city. Referring to Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad, Trump in an interview to Fox News said, "You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don't know, I’ve ...

Should the Donald be kicked out of America?

1397/8/24 | 00:53
  President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to ban birthright citizenship in the United States has once again put his own family story in the spotlight. Trump, the son and grandson of immigrants, announced last month that he would issue an executive order to nullify the long-accepted constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship. The announcement has drawn rebuke and mockery from all corners. Perhaps no political commentary could highlight the irony better than an editorial cartoon by The Daily News, showing Trump being kicked ...

Would President Trump have mercy on Dr Aafia?

1397/8/19 | 00:53
  Pakistan and the United States are struggling to rebuild their trustworthy relations, Islamabad has recently raised once again Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case with Washington. Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist and Pakistani citizen is currently imprisoned in the United States after a court in New York had sentenced Dr Aafia to unprecedented 86 years in prison on September 23, 2010 on charges of attempted murder and assault on US personnel. Her case has been called a “flashpoint of Pakistani-American tensions”, and “one of the most ...

Can Iran sustain US tough sanctions?

1397/8/15 | 00:53
No country would be keen to step in Iran’s shoes these days, for after the resumption of wide-ranging US sanctions on Monday, that footwear has become extremely ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Iran, already ringed physically and politically by hostile, unstable or infighting regional Arab states, now also faces the spectre of an economic meltdown.   President Trump and the powerful hawks surrounding him appear hell-bent on bringing Iran to its knees and the negotiating table on their own terms, but having failed to achieve this goal militarily ...

Trump pressured to suspend nuclear talks with Saudi

1397/8/10 | 00:53
  US President Donald Trump has been urged to suspend nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia after the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump received a letter Wednesday from five Republican lawmakers, led by Senator Marco Rubio, in the wake of “ongoing revelations about the murder.” “The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgment of current ...

New York Times Publishes Trump Assassination Short Story

1397/8/3 | 00:53
  The New York Times published a fictional short story in which Donald Trump gets assassinated before pushing the media narrative that Trump needs to tone down his rhetoric the very next day. The story, entitled How It Ends, was written by author Zoë Sharp. The plot is that a Russian agent attempts to murder Trump, but his gun misfires. A Secret Service agent then presents the Russian with his Glock before saying, “Here, use mine.” The implication is that Trump is so reviled that his own staff wants to kill him. Following its publication ...

US needs Saudi as counterbalance to Iran: Trump

1397/7/28 | 00:53
  US President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia functions as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East region and this has put Washington in a “complex” situation with regards to Riyadh’s explanation about dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death. “They [Saudis] have been a great ally in the Middle East. We need them as a counter-balance to Iran. So it's not the simplest solution. It's not the simplest situation to be in,” Trump said Friday. The remarks came after Riyadh admitted that Khashoggi, who had gone missing after ...

Saudi 'rogue crown prince' must go: US senator

1397/7/26 | 00:53
  US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and called him a “rogue crown prince” who is jeopardising relations with the United States. Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with ally Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom since Khashoggi’s disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. Graham put the blame directly on ...

A deal again: How US going to rescue Saudia from Kashoggi's murder episode?

1397/7/25 | 00:53
  US President Donald Trump has once again risen to the defense of the Saudi government over the mysterious disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that pinning the blame on Riyadh before knowing all the facts is yet another case of "guilty until proven innocent.” Trump Tuesday criticized people blaming Saudi Arabia for the disappearance of the US-based journalist and accused them of prejudging the case. "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent. I don't like that," Trump said during ...

Saudis 'reject' threats as stocks drop amid scrutiny over missing journalist

1397/7/23 | 00:53
  Saudi Arabia on Sunday rejected any “threats” of economic sanctions or political pressure — a day after United States President Donald Trump’s comments on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. The statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency also warned that the kingdom will respond to any steps taken against it. This statement came after the Saudi stock market plunged by nearly 7 percent at one point on Sunday. The statement did not directly acknowledge Khashoggi’s disappearance. In an interview to be aired on ...

Trump using Iranophobia to sell American munitions to Arab states: Nasrallah

1397/7/21 | 00:53
  The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says US President Donald Trump knows no limits in his efforts to blackmail Arab states of the Middle East region through the Iranophobic language. Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Friday evening, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Trump’s latest remarks that Iran planned to take control of the Middle East in just “12 minutes” were meant to lure regional rulers into paying him exorbitant sums of ...

Saudis, authoritarian leaders inspired by Trump: Sanders

1397/7/18 | 00:53
  Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, are among authoritarian entities “clearly inspired” by US President Donald Trump’s totalitarian policies, says senior US Senator Bernie Sanders. The Vermont lawmaker made the comments during a speech on authoritarian threats at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on Tuesday. "While this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there’s no question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have ...

In rebuttal to Trump, Salman says Saudi won’t pay US for kingdom’s security

1397/7/14 | 00:53
  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Riyadh “will pay nothing” to the United States for the kingdom's “security,” in rebuttal to US President Donald Trump who recently said King Salman would not last in power “for two weeks” without US military support. “Actually we will pay nothing for our security. We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament," the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday. He ...

Saudi king wouldn't last 2 weeks without US support, says Trump

1397/7/12 | 00:53
  United States (US) President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without US military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America's closest Mideast allies over rising oil prices. As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, push prices down. However, analysts are warning prices could go up to $100 a barrel as the world's production is already stretched and Trump's sanctions on Iran's oil industry take ...

Trump humiliated Saudi Arabia and its king again

1397/7/9 | 00:53
  The president of the United States, speaking at a gathering in Virginia, once again made humiliating remarks about Saudi attachments to the United States, saying it is not clear what will happen to Saudi Arabia without the United States! “I love Saudi Arabia,” Donald Trump said in a gathering of his supporters in West Virginia. “They are great, King Salman, I spoke with him this morning. I said, king, you have got trillions of dollars. Without us, who knows what’s going to happen. …. With us they are totally safe. But we don’t ...

Pakistani diplomat hails President Rouhani UN speech against insane Trump

1397/7/5 | 00:53
  A former Pakistani ambassador says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was rational while the US President Donald Trump seemed insane in his remarks.   In an interview, Rustam Shah Mohmand said one was the speech of insanity the other was the speech of prudence, wisdom, foresight and compassion. “This is the main difference between the two speeches,” he said The analyst said that speech of the US President Donald Trump was mocked by even those who were listening to it ...

John Bolton threatens Iran

1397/7/4 | 00:53
  While his boss was in town to address the U.N. General Assembly, his national security advisor, John Bolton, reinforced Trump’s we’ll-do-as-we-see-fit message to the world in an speech to a handpicked New York audience of people hostile to the Iran nuclear deal. As the Times of Israel reports, Bolton was about as subtle as a daisy-cutter bomb hitting a nuclear facility: US national security adviser John Bolton warned Iran of “hell to pay” and “serious consequences” if it defies the US, using some of the most aggressive language ...

In his UN address, Trump urges world to isolate Iran

1397/7/4 | 00:53
US President Donald Trump has used his second address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack Iran, promising hard-hitting sanctions and urging the world to isolate the Islamic Republic. Trump used a large portion of his address to the 73rd session of the General Assembly on Tuesday ranting against Iran, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and sowing "chaos, death and destruction," in the Middle East. "We ask all nations to isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression continues," he continued. "They do not respect their neighbors ...

A stunning statement : Pakistan calls out Trump's ignorance on US role in destabilising ME

1397/6/31 | 00:53
Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Friday hit back at United States (US) President Donald Trump's tweet in which he complained that despite the 'protection' afforded to Middle Eastern countries by the US, they continue to raise oil prices. President Trump in a tweet on Thursday said: "We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices!" he said. "We will remember." In 2016, major oil producers both within and outside OPEC agreed ...

No more to do more

1397/6/16 | 00:53
The US delegation visited their Pakistani counterparts yesterday in Islamabad in what appears to have been a brief but cordial meeting. We may be entering a new phase in US-Pakistan ties.   The relationship between the two wayward allies had reached new lows during the past few years, especially in the final year of the previous government’s tenure. US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of ‘nothing but lies and deceit’ in a New Year’s tweet, adding that the US was ‘foolish’ to give Pakistan $33 billion in aid. Now, however, ...

Trump wanted to kill Assad after chemical attack falsely blamed on Syria: Woodward

1397/6/14 | 00:53
  A new book has revealed that US President Donald Trump allegedly demanded the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a 2017 chemical attack that Washington blamed on Damascus. According to an excerpt from the book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, the US president told Defense Secretary James Mattis that he intended to assassinate the Syrian leader, after Washington accused the government in Damascus of a suspected chemical weapons attack against the militant-held village of Khan Shaykhun in Syria's northwestern ...

STA-1: Impact on India’s military build-up

1397/6/9 | 00:53
  The Trump administration has been improving its strategic ties with India to check the economically rising China in Asia. The predecessors of President Donald Trump also paved the way for a strong strategic partnership with India.   Obama administration granted India the status of a Major Defence Partner of the United States a status akin to that of a major non-NATO ally. It also facilitated India’s entry into the technological control regimes. Today, therefore, India can purchase sensitive defence technologies and military ...

Will the stock market crash if Trump is impeached?

1397/6/2 | 00:53
Faced with new political turmoil, President Donald Trump warned in a television interview broadcast Thursday that the economic consequences of his impeachment would be dire. Which raises the question: is that possible or likely? - What did Trump say? - His comments came on the heels of Tuesday’s conviction of Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort and a guilty plea by his former attorney Michael Cohen. The double-whammy events have boosted speculation that Trump could be impeached, especially if Democrats dominate the congressional ...

Is Trump afraid of impeachment?

1397/6/1 | 00:53
President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Thursday that the US economy would collapse if he were impeached. "I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor, because without this thinking, you would see — you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse," Trump told the program Fox and Friends. Trump was responding to a question on his mounting legal woes after his former attorney Michael Cohen said under oath that Trump instructed him to commit a felony ...

President Rouhani calls for better Iran-Pakistan ties under Imran Khan

1397/5/28 | 00:53
  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended his sincere congratulations to Imran Khan on his election as Pakistan's new prime minister, expressing hope that the two countries would further improve relations during his tenure. "The Islamic Republic of Iran, as always and particularly during the new era, expresses its readiness to expand relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," Rouhani said in a congratulatory message to Khan on Saturday. Former cricket star Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime ...

US cuts military training programmes with Pakistan as Trump cracks down

1397/5/20 | 00:53
  United States (US) President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programmes that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade, officials say. The move, which has not been previously reported, is one of the first known impacts from Trump’s decision this year to suspend US security assistance to Pakistan to compel it to crack down on militants. The Pentagon and the Pakistan Army did not comment directly on the decision ...

Pakistan to pursue economic ties with Iran despite US sanctions

1397/5/19 | 00:53
Pakistan on Thursday said it reserves the right to ‘pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests’ with Iran in the wake of re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran by US President Donald Trump, who warned that the countries doing business with the Islamic states might also face the music. “We are examining the implications of the US’ re-imposed sanctions on Iran,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at his weekly news briefing. “However, Pakistan, being a sovereign state, reserves the right to pursue ...

Trump claims talks with Iran to be held ‘pretty soon’

1397/5/10 | 00:53
  US President Donald Trump has claimed that talks with Iran are imminent and could happen “pretty soon,” a day after he expressed willingness to meet with the Islamic Republic's leaders without "preconditions." "I have a feeling they'll be talking to us pretty soon," Trump said at a rally in Florida on Tuesday. "And maybe not, and that's OK, too." The US president also used the occasion to once again denounce as "horrible, one-sided" the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – from which ...

Imran Khan might be a populist, but he is no Donald Trump

1397/5/9 | 00:53
  He’s been called Donald Khan. And, at first glance, the similarities between Pakistan’s next prime minister, Imran Khan, and the current US President are striking. Both are rich, celebrity playboys who rose to power as political outsiders.   Both are populist nationalists vowing to defend the interests of ordinary people against corrupt and incompetent elites. Trump promised to “drain the swamp”; Khan pledged to eliminate corruption in 90 days. The votes have been counted in Pakistan’s elections, and Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e ...

Is establishing an Arab NATO possible?

1397/5/9 | 00:53
As tensions between Iran and the United States continue to heighten under America’s hawkish President Donald Trump, latest reports have indicated that Trump's administration has been quietly pushing ahead with a plan to create a NATO-like security and political alliance between Arab countries to confront Iran. The purported security and military alliance is reportedly supposed to include six Persian Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, with its main goal being to counter what they call Iran’s expanding regional influence. Political experts, ...

Trump warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten the United States again'

1397/5/1 | 00:53
President Donald Trump on Sunday warned Iran of consequences “the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered,” if it threatens the United States (US). “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” he said on Twitter, writing the entire message in capital letters. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” Trump said, in a direct message to Iranian President ...

Can Russia, Iran Solve Syria? Deal Frees Thousands

1397/4/29 | 00:53
President Vladimir Putin's top Syria adviser met Wednesday with senior Iranian officials to relay the results of discussions between the Russian leader and President Donald Trump on Syria, where a recent deal has allowed the evacuation of two pro-government villages behind enemy lines.   Russia's special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev traveled to Tehran to discuss Monday's U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki with Supreme National Security Council of Iran Deputy Secretary Ameer Saeed Iravani and convey Moscow's ongoing support ...

Putin presents Trump World Cup football made in Pakistan

1397/4/27 | 00:53
Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his American counterpart Trump with a World Cup football, manufactured by Pakistan, a day after attending the final of the much-praised tournament in Moscow. Throwing it to his wife, Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on to his 12-year-old son Barron. The official match ball of the FIFA World Cup 2018, Adidas Telstar 18, was produced in Sialkot. The gesture by the Russian president was made to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with the American leader on Monday. Trump had congratulated ...

Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Failure of 16-Year War

1397/4/25 | 00:53
Two and half weeks after President Donald Trump rejected the idea of peace talks with Taliban, the militant group published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks. The letter, published on the group’s website, denounces the Bush administration’s justification for launching the invasion, as well as the Trump administration, which “again ordered the perpetuation of the same illegitimate occupation and war against ...

Trump to Saudi: Lower oil prices or we will not ‘defend’ you

1397/4/15 | 00:53
  If Gulf countries do not increase oil outputs to cover the shortfall left by Iran, America may not defend them, US President Donald Trump has warned in a tweet. America wants to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero by November. Should it succeed and Tehran’s two million barrels a day be taken off the market, the cost of oil is likely to soar and cause a major headache for Trump domestically; the American public are known to be hostile to anything that increases the cost of filling up their cars. Trump’s plan is to get the Gulf countries ...

Can Trump Convince Vladimir Putin to Turn Against Iran?

1397/4/12 | 00:53
  During an upcoming one-on-one meeting, President Donald Trump is expected to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to kick Iranian forces out of Syria, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday. Trump and Putin will meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, and the two men will likely speak at length about the ongoing conflict in Syria, Bolton said in a televised interview. "There are possibilities for doing a larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria and back into Iran which would be a significant step ...

Demand to halt Iranian oil imports: Trump's another day dream

1397/4/6 | 00:53
The United States warned Tuesday that countries around the world must stop buying Iranian oil before Nov 4 or face a renewed round of American economic sanctions. A senior State Department official warned foreign capitals “we’re not granting waivers” and described tightening the noose on Tehran as “one of our top national security priorities". Last month US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, re-imposing US sanctions that had been suspended in return for controls on Tehran’s nuclear program. Now, ...

An overt threat: For Pakistan Trump sends more sticks without carrots

1397/4/1 | 00:53
The United States has reminded Pakistan that it’s still on notice to eliminate all terrorist sanctuaries from its territory, although relations between the two countries show some signs of improvement. The reminder — conveyed by US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells at a congressional hearing on Wednesday — re-emphasises the point that Washington never fails to mention the need for Pakistan to eliminate terrorism. “Pakistan is on notice that we expect its unequivocal cooperation ...

Guns on Pakistan shoulder: The Price of Mullah Fazullah's death

1397/3/30 | 00:53
Seeking Pakistan’s help to Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, the incoming head of US forces in Afghanistan Austin Miller on Thursday told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan has made many sacrifices and its security forces have fought bravely [against terrorists]. Trump’s nominee to lead allied forces in the 17-year-old war, Gen Austin Miller, who previously ran the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), during a confirmation hearing, said that he still had “high expectations” for Islamabad in ending the Afghan ...