When former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in September 2017 to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia, relations between the two Cold War rivals were on thin ice. A month earlier, the Trump administration ordered Moscow to close three diplomatic facilities in the United States in retaliation for Moscow’s substantial cut to U.S. embassy staff on Russian soil. That move, in turn, was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to a comprehensive U.S. sanctions bill...
Word of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to sanction Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif did not seem to rattle the government in Iran. Zarif’s own reaction—that the U.S. is “isolating itself”—suggested the tone. Iran would not be intimidated. Iranian officials echoed each other, saying that the United States was afraid of Zarif’s eloquence. Iran’s President [
Iran's top diplomat says recent US sanctions against him reflect 'failure' of diplomacy
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's foreign minister on Monday lambasted recent U.S. financial sanctions against him, calling the move a "failure" for diplomacy amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf. "Imposing sanctions against a foreign minister means failure" for any efforts at negotiations, Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters at a
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has lambasted the recent U.S. sanctions against him, calling the move a “failure” for diplomacy. Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in Tehran on Monday
Iran’s top diplomat says recent US sanctions against him reflect ‘failure’ of diplomacy
Designating Zarif just underscores that this administration loathes diplomacy and has no interest in engaging in it seriously.
The president, ever the real estate maven, has marveled over Greenland’s untapped natural resources. But an expert says his interest represents an “antiquated way of looking at things.”