France tells Iran new sanctions loom if missile talks fail

France is ready to impose further sanctions against Iran if no progress is made in talks over its ballistic missile program. (AFP)
Updated 25 January 2019
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France tells Iran new sanctions loom if missile talks fail

  • Diplomats previously said that France, Britain and other EU countries were considering new economic sanctions against Tehran
  • Those could include asset freezes and travel bans on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

PARIS: France is ready to impose further sanctions against Iran if no progress is made in talks over its ballistic missile program, the French foreign minister said on Friday.
“We are ready, if the talks don’t yield results, to apply sanctions firmly, and they know it,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters.
Diplomats previously told Reuters in private that France, Britain and other EU countries were considering new economic sanctions against Tehran.
Those could include asset freezes and travel bans on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Iranians developing the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program, three diplomats said.


Trump and Haftar discuss 'counterterrorism efforts' in Libya

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Trump and Haftar discuss 'counterterrorism efforts' in Libya

WEST PALM BEACH: The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday to Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed "ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya."
The statement said Trump "recognized Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system."
On Thursday, mortar bombs crashed down on a suburb of Tripoli, almost hitting a clinic, after two weeks of an offensive by Haftar's eastern troops on the Libyan capital, which is held by an internationally recognized government.