US considering new sanctions over Iran protests: White House official

A protester gestures under a flag of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) during a demonstration in support of the Iranian people amid a wave of protests spreading throughout the country. (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2018
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US considering new sanctions over Iran protests: White House official

WASHINGTON: The White House intends to introduce sanctions against elements of the Iranian regime or its supporters involved in a crackdown against countrywide protests, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.
“We are looking across the board,” the official said, pointing to authorities that allow President Donald Trump to target organizations or individuals involved in human rights violations, censorship or preventing free assembly.
“That requires information, but there is a lot of information out there, so we intend to start assembling that and see what we can do.” The official, who asked for anonymity, said the United States would “use all the information sources at our disposal to be able to get actionable information about who is doing the crackdown, who is violating human rights, who is using violence against protesters and to feed that in to our sanctions designation machinery.”
Meanwhile, a senior official has said the US may seek an emergency session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva over the ongoing situation in Iran.


Turkish justice minister: Public should ‘ignore leaks’ regarding Khashoggi case

Updated 18 October 2018
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Turkish justice minister: Public should ‘ignore leaks’ regarding Khashoggi case

LONDON: Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul called on the public to ignore any information that had been leaked in the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s case, Al-Arabiya English reported Thursday.
Gul also said that the case of Jamal Khashoggi is being “thoroughly” investigated and “results are expected to come out soon.”
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman previously addressed the “malicious leaks and grim rumors flying around about Jamal’s whereabouts and fate” last week. Prince Khalid said rumors that the “Kingdom’s authorities have detained” Khashoggi or “killed him are absolutely false, and baseless.”
President Donald Trump criticized Tuesday the rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and warned against a rush to judge. “I think we have to find out what happened first,” he said.
After a telephone conversation with King Salman on Monday in which US President Donald Trump discussed the joint investigation by the Kingdom and Turkey into Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said that the Saudi journalist may have been killed by “rogue killers.”
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.