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New Cold, Feb 3, 2017

Donald Trump and Barak Obama meet in the White House on Nov 10, 2016

Today’s edition of the New Cold War Information Bulletin (#2 for the date of Feb 3, 2017) documents the rapidly emerging picture of seamless continuity in foreign policy between the U.S. government under President Barack Obama and the new governing administration under Donald Trump. For the information of readers, below are the key news items on the subject in the information bulletin.

U.S. representative to UN condemns what she calls Russia’s ‘aggressive actions’ in eastern Ukraine, Associated Press, Feb 2, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has condemned Russia’s “aggressive actions” in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and warned Moscow that U.S. sanctions imposed after its annexation of Crimea will remain until the peninsula is returned to Ukraine.

At United Nations, Russia rejects US envoy’s remarks on Crimea, Press TV, Feb 3, 2017

U.S. Treasury imposes new sanctions against Iran, Press TV, Feb 3, 2017

The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed new sanctions on multiple Iranian individuals and entities to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its missile program. The US Treasury Department said in a statement on Friday that it has published a list of 13 Iranian figures and 12 entities facing new sanctions…

U.S. imposing new sanctions on Iran over missile test, by Glenn Thrush and David E. Sanger, New York Times, Feb 3, 2017

The Trump administration on Friday will designate 25 individuals and entities associated “with Iran’s ballistic missile program,” including the Revolutionary Guards Corps, for sanctions in response to the missile test last weekend, according to a senior administration official.

Iran’s foreign affairs minister says Iran unmoved by U.S. threats, will use weapons ‘only in self-defense’,, Feb 3, 2017

Trump embraces pillars of Obama’s foreign policy, by Mark Landler, Peter Baker and David E. Sanger, New York Times, Feb 2, 2017

President Trump, after promising a radical break with the foreign policy of Barack Obama, is embracing some key pillars of the former administration’s strategy, including warning Israel to curb settlement construction, demanding that Russia withdraw from Crimea and threatening Iran with sanctions for ballistic missile tests…

U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response if nuclear arms used, Reuters, Feb 3, 2017

[People in South Korea have been strongly protesting the decision by the U.S. to construct a missile system in South Korea directed at North Korea and China. The Reuters news report  twists this story with the following: “North Korea’s actions have prompted the United States and South Korea to respond by bolstering defenses, including the expected deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in South Korea later this year.” For full background, do a search on New Cold using ‘THAAD Korea’.]

U.S. military to probe Yemen raid that killed civilians, children, The Associated Press, Feb 2, 2017


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