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Jeremy Corbyn
I've just laid down the gauntlet and asked you to step up. Each and every one of us must step up for this country, including me. And now for a sentence I've yet to utter in my political life. Enough about you, what about me? At the time, young protesters were being shot dead on the streets by the racist apartheid regime in South Africa – Nelson Mandela and hundreds of ANC leaders were in prison. The Conservative government refused to impose sanctions, entertained the leaders of the regime and banned protests outside the South African embassy in London.feedback
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NEW Apr 29 2017
Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama and Rex W. Tillerson, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Sanctions. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 400 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 689 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “[North Korea] will react to a total war with an all-out war, a nuclear war with nuclear strikes of its own style and surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the U.S. imperialists. The status quo in North Korea is unacceptable and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve.”.
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Alexei Chaliy

The power stations were designed for Siemens turbines. In 2014 I warned there would be problems. Over the past 20 years, Russia has lost the ability to produce turbines of that capacity. And so it ended badly. They have started to build the power stations ... but there are no turbines. There is an option to re-do the design.feedback

Chris Coons

It was a sobering briefing, and an important opportunity for the entire Senate to hear the emerging plans of the Trump administration to confront what is a very real threat to our security. I'm fine coming here. Frankly if the President and his entire national security leadership team wants to provide a thorough, detailed consultation with the Senate, I think that's constructive.feedback

Khaled Abboud

The sanctions are new attempts by the U.S. administration to put pressure on the Syrian state.feedback

Donald J. Trump

[North Korea] will react to a total war with an all-out war, a nuclear war with nuclear strikes of its own style and surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the U.S. imperialists. The status quo in North Korea is unacceptable and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve.feedback

Jonathan Rosenhead

Holding this meeting at Soas, where staff and students have voted overwhelmingly in support of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and in support of Palestinian rights, seems like a deliberate provocation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It hasn't lived up to the potential. I see a day when there's a conflict where the United Nations, you get together, and you solve the conflict. You just don't see the United Nations, like, solving conflicts. I think that's going to start happening now. On Syria, the council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable, and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable, and the Council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve. People have put blindfolds on for decades, and now it's time to solve the problem.feedback

Jacob Waerness - Lafarge

Quite early, in 2011 we discussed if an armed group occupies the area around the cement plant, we have to leave. We were not breaching any sanctions. We were a Syrian company -- we had a responsibility to operate.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

These sweeping sanctions target the scientific support center for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's horrific chemical weapons attack on innocent civilian men, women, and children.feedback

Ranjit Bajaj

Honestly, I was shocked when I received their communication. I had earlier received a showcause notice and I made it clear that I used no abusive language towards the referee. However, they have gone ahead and banned me from the stadium for eight games along with this huge monetary fine as well. I wouldn't have been as surprised had they gone with the usual sanctions they impose on similar offenses, which would have been a suspension from the bench for a couple of matches. But a stadium ban? I was up the whole of last night looking up precedents and could find none.feedback

Mark Cuban

Personally I'm not a huge fan of our president and some of his issues. I don't know who's driving his Chinese policy and I don't get a sense that he knows what's happening.feedback

Hank Paulson

It is highly unusual and positive for a Chinese president to give a phone call to (the U.S.) president so soon after a summit on North Korea.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

In consultation with President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions.feedback

Zeljko Runje - Rosneft

We are going to drill with Eni next year. That is our plan. On the Black Sea.feedback

Jen Psaki

Public diplomacy is a huge tool, presenting a united front, presenting a shared vision of how you approach global affairs – everything from the use of military force to sanctions. When you have officials stating conflicting viewpoints, you're sending a confusing message – not just to people in this country and to Congress, but confusing and conflicting messages to partners and allies around the world.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In my opinion, the way information was given was incorrect. The nation was not given the correct information. And then we saw what was said did not materialise. Sanctions continued, new sanctions were imposed, some of them were extended. In the agreement, the capacity for legal follow-up had not been envisaged.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18 with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States.feedback

Lu Chao

China's sanctions and persuasion have been so far not very effective, but China is still making its best efforts.feedback

Naomi Ages - Greenpeace

If the Trump administration allows Exxon to move forward with extreme offshore oil drilling in Russia despite sanctions, the United States Congress must resist. Removing barriers to Exxon drilling in the Russian Black Sea with a state-controlled company like Rosneft would not only jeopardize global progress on climate change and provide momentum for a similar waiver in the Russian Arctic, it would also send a message to Russia that it can intervene in any country, including the United States, with no consequences.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

The president was making a factual comment about the strength of the dollar in the short term . . . There's a big difference between talk and action. Economic growth creates lots of revenues. When you calculate whether it is deficit-neutral or not, there are a bunch of different calculations and a bunch of models. I am just pointing out the magnitude of what economic growth does. This is an important part of what we are doing. They are in the process of being cleared to roll out. These sanctions programmes are extremely important. It is one of the most important parts of my job.feedback

Yanmei Xie

China may marginally increase economic pressure on North Korea by cutting down trade, tourist flows or food aide, but its primary goal is to placate Washington. Beijing has reasons and means to discipline Kim, but is more concerned with ensuring the survival of his regime, thus maintaining a buffer against U.S. military presence in the South.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We are confident in this process [gathering evidence] and fully support it. There will be no impunity.feedback

John Park

The back up date may be April 25, the foundation day of guerrilla forces launched by KIS, which became the Korean People's Army. If Kim conducts a sixth nuclear test, the likely response from the core countries – U.S., China, South Korea, Japan – would be more sanctions and yet another U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the DPRK. A military capability in the USS Carl Vinson carrier group that wasn't fully operational/effective in the early 2000s would come front and center.feedback

Joseph M. DeThomas

If you want to rely on sanctions to achieve your goal, you have to find a way to persuade or force the world into going all the way to a near full embargo or at least an embargo on key commodities like petroleum and on North Korean hard currency export earnings. Only if the regime sees continuation of sanctions as fatal will it consider change.feedback

Lu Kang

China has always opposed the frequent use of unilateral sanctions in international affairs, and we especially oppose those sanctions that undermine China's interests. China always decides its own stance and policy based on the merit of the matter itself.feedback

Lauren Goodrich - Strategic Forecasting

This is not the year that Russia thought it was going to be having, it thought with the new administration that it would be able to reshape relations with ... the U.S. [The U.S.] is talking about personality sanctions, which are not really the big bad destructive ones on the Russian economy.feedback

Michael Fallon

Did they know that Assad was going to unleash chemical weapons? We have no evidence for that, we don't know whether the Russians were involved at all.feedback

Philip Hammond

The British Government position has been and will remain to lead the way on arguing for a robust approach towards Russian aggression in Syria. We have been doing it for years and we will go on doing it and we have to make that case and we will continue making that case. Sometimes some of our partners are less forward-leaning than we are but that won't stop us making the case for what we believe is the right approach for dealing with Russia.feedback

Angelino Alfano

There is no consensus at this time for new sanctions as an efficient method to reach our goal. There are obviously different opinions, and I am referring to my colleague Boris Johnson, who raised the issue. The position of the G7 is very clear. We support the sanctions that have already been introduced.feedback

Boris Johnson

They have a big strategic choice. Do they want to stick with this guy who is poisoning his own people and poisoning the reputation of Russia or do they want to be part of the solution? After that, if of course we can find people, whether they are Syrians or whether they are Russians associated with the Syrian military operation, it is in my view wholly appropriate that they should face economic sanctions or sanctions of some other kind. That is something that had wide acceptance around the table last night, but you have got to do things in the proper legal way.feedback

Angelino Alfano

There was a prevalent position, which is very similar to the Italian one. We must have a dialogue with Russia and we must not push Russia into a corner.feedback

Angelino Alfano

Our approach has been very clear. At the moment, there is no consensus for further sanctions as an instrument to obtain the goal that we are aiming for. There are different sensitivities on Syria: Our colleague Boris Johnson, in fact, raised the issue. And I am saying this not to express what everyone in the group thinks, but rather the Italian approach, I want to be very clear about that. Sanctions are always an instrument, they are not an end themselves. From our point of view, sanctions are an instrument to reach a goal.feedback

Boris Johnson

The message we are sending to the Russians is very, very clear: Do they want to stick with a toxic regime, do they want to be eternally associated with a guy who gases his own people or do they want to work with the Americans and the rest of the G-7 and indeed many other countries for a new future for Syria.feedback

Boris Johnson

Do they want to stick with a toxic regime? Do they want to be eternally associated with a guy who gases his own people? Or do they want to work with the Americans and the rest of the G7 and indeed like-minded countries for a new future for Syria? We will be discussing the possibility of further sanctions certainly on some of the Syrian military figures and indeed on some of the Russian military figures who have been involved in co-ordinating the Syrian military efforts and are thereby contaminated by the appalling behaviour of the Assad regime.feedback

Boris Johnson

I think the Russians need a way out and a way forward. If I think about the position of Vladimir Putin now, he's toxifying the reputation of Russia by his continual association with a guy who has flagrantly poisoned his own people. And I think the world can see this. The evidence, by the way, is overwhelming. You should look at the evidence for what happened the other day. It is absolutely conclusive. The United States have already imposed some extra sanctions themselves.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

(Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.feedback

Hua Chunying

We are playing close attention to the development of the situation on the peninsula. Under the current situation, we think all relevant sides should exercise restraint and avoid actions that could aggravate tension.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

More than any other speaker [including Mike Pence], she endeared herself to the crowd, which gave her the heartiest applause and most ovations of the conference. … The crowd luxuriated in her heartfelt identification with the Jewish people as an Indian American and her reminder that, while she was governor, South Carolina became the first state to pass anti-BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) legislation.feedback

Angelino Alfano

We must have a dialogue with Russia and we must not push Russia into a corner. There is no consensus on additional new sanctions as an efficient instrument to deliver the goal we are aiming for.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The fight against terrorism cannot be effective if we do not link it to resolving the Syrian situation.feedback

Gary Greenwood - Shore Capital

As for Mr Staley, it remains to be seen whether the PRA and FCA come to the same conclusion as the board in allowing him to remain in his post, although we would assume that the sanctions proposed will have already been discussed with the regulators and should therefore help to mitigate this risk. It is possible the group may also be fined.feedback

Gary Greenwod - Shore Capital

This is seriously embarrassing for [Barclays] and it raises questions whether the culture in the organisation changed as much as the board would like the market to believe. You would hope Barclays ran those sanctions in terms of compensation by the FCA and PRA. You don't want them to say this guy is not fit for purpose.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

We will be announcing additional sanctions on Syria as part of our ongoing effort to stop this type of activity and emphasize how significant we view this. We expect that those will continue to have an important effect on preventing people from doing business with them.feedback

Francois Hollande

I believe this operation was a response which must now be followed up at an international level within the United Nations if possible, so we can go all the way with sanctions against Bashar al-Assad, and prevent this regime from using chemical weapons again to crush its own people.feedback

David Dollar

In the Obama administration, China was a good citizen cooperating with us on Iran sanctions and on climate change, which I think made it hard for the U.S. to contemplate anything that harsh in the trade arena. You could have something similar if the Trump administration wants China to cooperate more on North Korea. That could be hard to turn around and be harsh on them in the economic realm.feedback

Koh Yu-Hwan

They cannot stop now and they are under heavy sanctions anyway. Until their nuclear and missile programs reach a point where they feel it could be used as a deterrent against the United States, the North probably won't show strong willingness for talks.feedback

Sarosh Zaiwalla

The EU has not been able so far to produce any evidence that Rosneft ... was involved in or supported in any way the conflict in Ukraine.feedback

Dennis Wilder

What President Trump is trying to do here is to press the Chinese hard by warning them what comes next if they don't help or join with the US to deal with this problem. What he is signalling is that the next step is to begin secondary sanctions, which we have avoided. They are sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals who deal with North Korea. Then you get to the other options, which are much more controversial, like taking covert action against North Korea, for example using cyber.feedback

Avichai Boaron

The test will be…whether in fact houses are built and this decision takes shape or, God forbid, if it remains on paper only. We will be monitoring that this will indeed happen and that in the weeks to come all that needs to be done will be done.feedback

Mustafa Barghouti

This action means that Israel is turning its back to international law, turning its back to the Security Council of the United Nations and turning its back to the so-called efforts about a new peace process. In my opinion, Israel will not be restrained unless boycott, divestment and sanctions are practised against it.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Today's sanctions are aimed at disrupting the networks and methods that the Government of North Korea employs to fund its unlawful nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs. I urge our partners and allies to take similar measures to cut off its funding.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We will uphold the agreements we have made to defend our allies. These are not just words. Tomorrow, a U.S. enhanced, forward presence battalion will be deployed in Poland. The United States sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions.feedback

Pierre Andurand - Andurand Capital Management

I think oil prices are likely to recover to around $70 … I think the market will switch to backwardation – sustainable backwardation – by late summer and that will bring the next wave in oil prices. I don't think Trump has much impact on oil supply and demand for now. If there is going to be a big change it's going to be with Iran - if he puts sanctions back on Iran.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The US sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Allies must increase defense spending to meet their commitments. Our bond remains essential for facing national and international security challenges in an increasingly unstable world. Today, Russia's ongoing hostility and occupation is compromising our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. Sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions. Well, I'm very pleased to be in Brussels for this meeting and discussions with my NATO colleagues.feedback

Rah Jong-yil

The timing of this is no coincidence. Kim Jong-un clearly wants to overshadow the China-US summit and to underline the fact that he has nuclear weapons. For the North, nuclear weapons provide leverage over the rest of the world and Mr Kim is demonstrating that he cannot be ignored. As usual, the US and the West will issue condemnations and warnings, but there is a feeling that China is still not throwing its full weight behind sanctions and other pressures on the regime in Pyongyang.feedback

Lode van den Hende

I would also say it is a setback for judicial protection in the EU in the area of sanctions because the court accepts (...) the fact that a company is partially state-owned is sufficient for it to be a target of sanctions.feedback

Kim Seung-joo

In the past, North Korean hackers usually attacked government websites with the goal of destroying systems and triggering social confusion. Now they have shifted to making money, attacking banks and private companies, apparently because the North's other means of raising foreign currency are increasingly blocked under United Nations sanctions.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

It is also the UK that decides on the structural economic issues that have led to high demand from British employers for migrant labour. I told him: 'Do not invite others to leave, because if the EU collapses, you will have another war in the western Balkans. You cannot pretend you were never a member of the union. The British government and Parliament took on certain commitments as EU members and they must be honoured. This isn't a punishment or sanctions against the UK.feedback

Channing D. Phillips

The investigation of this case and the arrest and extradition of this defendant demonstrates our commitment to enforcing vitally important sanctions laws that are in place to protect our national security and foreign policy interests. Because of the hard work of law enforcement here and abroad, Kassim Tajideen will now face charges in an American courtroom.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

It is around that, but that is not the main story. We have to calculate scientifically what the British commitments were and then the bill has to be paid. It will be a bill reflecting former commitments by the British Government and by the British Parliament. There will be no sanctions, no punishment, nothing of that kind, but Britain has to know – and I suppose that the Government does know it – that they have to honour the commitments and the former commitments. I will be sad, as I was sad when the vote in the referendum took place in Britain. For me, it is a tragedy.feedback

Lim Eul-Chul

I strongly doubt there will be foreign investors who are willing to invest money in North Korea given the current situation. North Korea has been interested in attracting investors to the tourism sector since 2014 in order to cope with international sanctions… but they haven't been very active given other developments.feedback

Tom Cotton

The president has said he's putting Iran on notice, and passing this bill would be an unmistakable sign of resolve. We will not tolerate Iran's pursuit of supremacy in the Middle East or its sponsorship of terrorism, and we will make the regime in Tehran pay a steep price for its dangerous behavior.feedback

Denise Lowe-Williams

If they want to keep it hush, at least tell the victim what has been done. It can really ruin a person's self-esteem and it can make it seem like they did something wrong when they're sticking their neck out. It always ended up with some theme or something with sex. I would get tired of it. It was emotionally draining. I'm praying that this makes a difference for victims and the accused. They really need to redo that policy where the victim is not allowed to know what sanctions are placed against the defendant. It makes it seem like nobody cares.feedback

Ildefonso Guajardo

We're not going to have laws to restrict (companies), but I believe considering your reputation it would undoubtedly be in your interest to not participate in the construction of the wall. There won't be a law with sanctions, but Mexicans and Mexican consumers will know how to value those companies that are loyal to our national identity and those that are not.feedback

Choe Myong Nam

We would utilise every possible means in our hands and the inter-continental ballistic rocket is one of them.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

The secretary-general's decision is an important step in ending the bias against Israel at the U.N. Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the U.N. It is time to put an end to practice in which U.N. officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda. Over the years, Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Her removal from the U.N. is long overdue.feedback

Peter Yeo - United Nations

From what's being described to us, these are far-reaching cuts in both assessed and voluntary contributions. But the real consequence is we lose our credibility with the United Nations when we don't pay our dues. If you want multilateral pressure, including sanctions on rogue regimes, you've got to have strong American leadership in the Security Council. ... Why would other countries do what we want if we aren't paying our dues? They won't.feedback

Abdul Al-Moudy

We have been importing raw materials and machines from China for nearly seven years, because of the European sanctions imposed on Syria.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Describe any communications, not merely meetings, you had with Russian citizens during the campaign. Did you ever discuss a shift in policy on Ukraine to be exchanged for the lifting of sanctions? Describe in full the content of your conversations with Mr. Kislyak. Were you aware that the Russian ambassador was also alleged to be a recruiter of spies. Did you select Mr. Page as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign? If not, who did? Why did you consider him suitable to serve on your team.feedback

Yang Xiyu

It wasn't easy, but it was the right way to push the issue to a solution. Such activities violate China's adherence to those orders. The United States should say: 'Let's extend our cooperation to implementation of the United Nations resolutions on sanctions.' They should say: 'Starting with the Hongxiang case, let's move forward.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Her removal from the U.N. is long overdue.feedback

Kateryna Rozhkova

These banks have a high level of debt to their parent structures. Sanctions prevent these debts being paid.feedback

Numan Kurtulmus

Pressure will continue against the Netherlands until they make up for what they did. We've started with the political, diplomatic sanctions, and economic sanctions may follow.feedback

Maher Haddad

Most of the cancer medicines are imported. Pharmex used to import the stock of medicines that public hospitals need. But it has not been able to do so largely because of the economic sanctions, I believe.feedback

Andrei Lankov

I believe Tillerson wants to achieve a greater unity of the US allies in front of the North Korean nuclear programme which is advancing faster than anybody has ever expected. In Seoul and Tokyo he wants to gain support for more pressure, and perhaps he even hopes to get something from the Chinese, to persuade them that pressing North Korea hard is in China's long-term interests. However, these efforts are not going to bear any significant results: sanctions do not have any noticeable impact on North Korea.feedback

Jack Sullivan

This is unconscionable behavior. If those people were in the federal government, they would be subject to sanctions. Resist those pressures. Do the right thing. Vote the manager's proposal and not a dime more for the ACPS.feedback

Mark Rutte

I believe they just wanted to come here to talk with Turkish people about the referendum. And again, it was very difficult to come to logistical arrangements.feedback

Mark Rutte

Turkey is a proud country, but also the Netherlands is a proud country. We will never negotiate under threats, under these type of utterings of the foreign minister. So that's why we stopped discussions and we told him that he was no longer welcome that Saturday.feedback

Omer Celik

The democracy and state of law have been violated in the Netherlands. Therefore, the EU, which depends on these values, needs to implement a very sensitive and effective policy to protect the values. If no action is taken, it will not be possible to talk about the European Union being a political union. We will surely have sanctions against the latest actions by the Netherlands. We will answer them with these.feedback

Moon Jae-in

We can't deny that the ruler of the North Korean people is Kim Jong Un. We have no choice but to recognize Kim Jong Un as a counterpart, whether we put pressure and impose sanctions on North Korea or hold dialogue.feedback

Moon Jae-in

We can't deny that the ruler of the North Korean people is Kim Jong-un. We have no choice but to recognise Kim Jong-un as a counterpart, whether we put pressure and impose sanctions on North Korea or hold dialogue.feedback

Mark Rutte

Since last week [foreign affairs] minister Bert Koenders and I have been constantly trying to de-escalate the situation. We need to talk about this. This has never happened before, a country saying someone is not welcome and then them coming regardless.feedback

Geert Wilders

The Netherlands can see that these people are Turks, not Dutch. They have Dutch passports but they don't belong here.feedback

Ahmed Aboutaleb

He lied flat-out. He called on people to come to the consulate where the minister would be giving a speech. They ought to know that I'm the mayor of a city that was bombarded by the Nazis.feedback

Mark Rutte

This morning on TV (the Turkish minister) made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. So we decided...in a conference call it was better for him not to come.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

If the Netherlands cancels my flight permit, our sanctions to the Netherlands would be heavy.feedback

Mark Rutte

This morning on TV [the Turkish minister] made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. So we decided ... in a conference call it was better for him not to come.feedback

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

We are working very closely with Airbus and we are both very keen to stay on the schedule and to the contract that we made together.feedback

Mark Toner

Right now we are focused on sanctions, and implementing those sanctions to the fullest extent possible, but we're looking at other possibilities as well.feedback

Mark Toner

Obviously given North Korea's continuing provocative behavior and actions, the U.S. is actively engaged with its partners and allies in the region to address the threat posed by North Korea's weapons programs. Given North Korea's recent behavior, we're not at the point where we're looking at direct engagement with them. We're not rewarding that behavior in any way, shape or form. They're increasingly becoming a pariah through this kind of behavior. We're pursuing tougher and tougher sanctions, but we're also looking at other means to make that message clear to them.feedback

Zhao Xianming - ZTE Corporation

ZTE acknowledges the mistakes it made, takes responsibility for them, and remains committed to positive change in the company. Instituting new compliance-focused procedures and making significant personnel changes has been a top priority for the company. We have learned many lessons from this experience and will continue on our path of becoming a model for export compliance and management excellence. We are committed to a new ZTE, compliant, healthy and trustworthy.feedback

Wilbur Ross

Those who flout our economic sanctions and export control laws will not go unpunished. They will suffer the harshest of consequences.feedback

Piotr Wilczek

We hope that people who think this way will change their minds because American leadership in this region is essential.feedback

Carol Morello

In addition, Fox News reported that Iran had itself test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles that destroyed a floating barge over the weekend, but that could not be independently confirmed. Iran fired a medium-range ballistic missile last month, apparently violating a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them.feedback

Alison Penny

Most parents do an amazing job of getting back to work and building a new life around their children's needs. The last thing we should be doing is interfering with that by putting them under pressure to find work or face sanctions. The sad truth is that it is the next generation of bereaved children who will bear the brunt of these cuts.feedback

Darren W. Woods - ExxonMobil

Having worked with Rex for many years, Rex is going to make the decision that is best for our country. His personal circumstances or where he was in the past, I have no doubt that is not going to play in his decision making. He's been pretty busy, and I've been pretty busy. I don't really have a view or a prognosis on the relationship between our countries. We have a mix of businesses in Russia, we have a very successful business on the east coast that is not affected by the sanctions. We continue to invest and manage [there].feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet. I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel. The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines.feedback

Ernesto Abella

All these accusations of circumventing police procedures should be proven in a competent court and if found meritorious should result in appropriate sanctions against the perpetrators. Failing these, such claims are mere hearsay.feedback

Boris Schlossberg

Ironically enough, I actually think that all of this focus on the Trump-Putin ties makes it far less likely simply to have a thaw in ties, and therefore the sanctions and all the other political ramifications that surround Russia really put a huge question mark as to whether the rally can continue.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel. I am calling upon Members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.feedback

Nikki Haley

Russia just doesn't want to criticise the Assad regime for using chemical weapons. That's the truth. So what message are we sending to the world? If you are alie with China and Russia they will cover the backs of their friends who use chemical weapons to kill their own people. Some say we should focus more on ISIS.. The US condemns any use of chemical weapons by ISIS or any other non-state actor.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I think it's absolutely inappropriate now towards the Syrian government, using sanctions. Because it doesn't help, it wouldn't help the negotiation process but would only hinder it, and would undermine trust in the negotiation process. Russia won't support any new sanctions against Syria.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned, it's that simple.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I think it is totally inappropriate. It would undermine trust in the negotiating process. Russia will not support any new sanctions against the Syrian leadership.feedback

Geng Shuang

According to our statistics, China has already approached the upper limits of coal imports from North Korea. So because of this, we have stopped imports of coal from North Korea with a responsible attitude.feedback

Douglas Jacobson

It indicates the final settlement is imminent or is just a stopgap to give the new administration time to decide how they want to proceed.feedback

Evan Medeiros

North Korea doesn't want to give up its nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are key to its survival. Talks for North Korea are really about getting sanctions relief, playing for time, playing for advantage, trying to get sanctions lifted. And so if that's the case, I think Trump's tolerance and the tolerance of the Chinese may actually be somewhat limited.feedback

Sergei Chemezov

Yes, we have problems with turbines, because Germany and some other European countries have banned deliveries to Crimea. We are negotiating with Iran, they are manufacturing similar turbines.feedback

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

It was our legal counsel who got a heads up from Sally Yates that something wasn't adding up with his story. I have talked to General Flynn. None of that came up. The subject matter of sanctions or the actions taken by the Obama did not come up in the conversation. We don't know of any contacts with Russian agents.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think it it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear programme.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

There's going to be a conversation about what the proportional response is. But I don't necessarily think there's going to be partisan division over whether or not we have the ability as a Congress to speak on issues outside of the nuclear agreement. We have to make a decision whether we are going to get involved in the emerging proxy war in a bigger way than we are today, between Iran and Saudi.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear program. Iran is a bad actor in the greatest sense of the word when it comes to the region. To Iran, I say, if you want us to treat you differently then stop building missiles, test-firing them in defiance of U.N. resolution and writing 'Death to Israel' on the missile. That's a mixed message.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

The issue of sanctions has not been discussed. We do not discuss sanctions, we believe that this is an anomaly, and those who resorted to sanctions should, in general, assess for themselves how effective it is, to which extent it corresponds to the normal communication between the states. And to which extent the artificial desire to politicize this issue meets the interests of the states that resort to this.feedback

Timothy Ash

More likely the Trump administration will have to bow to the established Russia view in Washington, which will more likely mean accepting more hawkish (on Russia) members into the administration, to assure Congress and likely forestalling likely damaging investigations into the administrations' Russia links. The administration can chose to fight all this, but its broader policy reform agenda will surely suffer as a result if it so chooses. Trump will need to be clever in picking his fights, and this is unlikely to be one he should wish to get pulled into.feedback

Alastair Newton

Despite Trump's seeming single-mindedness over Putin any hope of significant rapprochement with Russia is well and truly dead – as the Kremlin at least appears to be recognising even if Trump himself does not.feedback

Christopher Granville

From here, Russian diplomacy will be cautious, deliberative – looking for deals and give-and-take – while of course standing firmly on their red lines, such as Crimea.feedback

Chuck Schumer

There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation, because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the vice president and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security, because it was subject to blackmail.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while it looked like the two-state, looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if Bibi, and if the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing – I mean ever – a nuclear weapon.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal. We will be working on it very, very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. I'm happy with the one they like the best. The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing - I mean ever - a nuclear weapon.feedback

Hallie Jackson - National Broadcasting Company

NBC News is the first to report the vice president was in the dark until this past Thursday when media reports surfaced, indicating the now-former national security adviser may have talked sanctions in a call with the Russian ambassador.feedback

Michael Flynn

If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed. It wasn't about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out. It was basically, Look, I know this happened. We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, We're going to review sanctions,' or anything like that.feedback

Mark Feierstein

This was an overdue step to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan regime and signal that top officials will suffer consequences if they continue to engage in massive corruption, abuse human rights and [the dismantling of] democracy.feedback

Bob Menéndez

We commend the administration for acting quickly and decisively as the human rights violations, political persecution and impunity in Venezuela cannot go unpunished.feedback

Mark Feierstein

This was an overdue step to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan regime and signal that top officials will suffer consequences if they continue to engage in massive corruption, abuse human rights and dismantle democracy. The sanctions in and of themselves will not bring about a democratic transition. That will require the Venezuelan opposition to remobilize its followers and U.S. diplomatic efforts to marshal governments in the region to isolate Maduro.''.feedback

David Smilde

This is a tremendous gift to Maduro as it ensures El Aissami's loyalty. It essentially increases El Aissami's exit costs and gives him a personal stake in the continuation of 'Chavismo'. To be clear, El Aissami and others should be held responsible for their actions. However, it should be understood this process has pernicious unintended consequences. I think we are effectively witnessing the creation of a rogue state.feedback

Michael McCarthy

Open calls for regime change would play directly into Maduro's hands and undermine efforts to marshal a multilateral coalition to pressure Caracas.feedback

Adam Schiff

If the allegations are true, (Flynn) has misled the country about something as serious as secret communications with the Russian Ambassador designed to undermine U.S. policy.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

I won't reveal that. That's a conversation between the Vice President and him.feedback

Alastair Newton

Just a couple of weeks ago, Washington imposed additional unilateral sanctions on Iran for a similar missile test, so we have to assume that Trump will do something.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I was reassured by what I heard in the meetings on the intention to stick to the full implementation of the agreement. We agreed that as long as the Minsk agreements are not fully implemented, sanctions would remain in place. But I don't know if this is going to be the consolidated policy . . . I was not in the Oval Office when President Trump called President (Vladimir) Putin.feedback

Kim Guk Bom

Our country has clearly expressed its standpoint, that we will continue to build up our capacity for self-defense, with nuclear forces and a pre-emptive strike capability as the main points, as long as our enemies continue sanctions to suppress us. We will defend the peace and security of our country at any cost, with our own effort, and we will contribute to global peace and stability.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As to the sanctions question, I'll use the same approach that my friend Mr. Sechin took. That's a question for government.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief. To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression. Sanctions relief must be earned, not given.feedback

Ben Cardin

The president will have to engage us. And we hope that in engaging us, there will be much more support for the president's policies and it won't just be done by tweet or by spur of the moment comment.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

At my upcoming meeting with President Trump in Washington, I intend to raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts. Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

Why should we be thankful to the previous U.S. administration? Because it imposed anti-Iranian sanctions? Because of the extremist Islamic State group? Setting the region on fire in Iraq and Syria?feedback

Naftali Bennett

At the end of the day, behind all the talk there is a simple question: What do we want for the future of Israel?feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I'd like to talk to you about how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered. Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation. That's why I welcome President Trump's assistance of new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations.feedback

Boris Johnson

We'll be talking about Ukraine as well, talking about the recent upsurge in violence. Everybody is very concerned about that. The causes, as you know, aren't quite clear. There's a bit of murkiness about who initiated that. But the UK will be insisting there is no case for relaxation of the sanctions and every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.feedback

Amir Hossein Zamani Nia

Based on the U.S. Congress sanctions, the American oil companies cannot work in Iran. Such actions have had no effect, and international companies are still keen to do business with Iran.feedback

Theresa May

We remain committed to a two-state solution as the best way of brokering stability and peace.feedback

Boris Johnson

The U.K. will be insisting that there is no case for the relaxation of the sanctions, every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.feedback

Linus Antanas Linkevicius

It could erupt at any time. The sanctions must be preserved, to say the least. We see no reasons why we should lift our review. We see no improvement.feedback

Anders Samuelsen

If the Americans change direction - I don't think they will - EU will have to play a stronger role.feedback

Marco Rubio

Only reason we should ever lift sanctions on #Putin is if he meets conditions of sanctions & ends violations of #ukraine sovereignty.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I cannot say where the U.S. administration stands on this, but I can say where the Europeans stand on this.feedback

Fawaz Gerges

Both sides, the American leadership and the Iranian leadership, are playing with fire. There's a real danger that the war of words between Washington and Tehran could easily escalate into a shooting war. More sanctions by the U.S. against Iran could embolden the hard-liners in Iran, and the hard-liners would basically benefit through any major escalation between the U.S. and Iran.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent? I'm not going to critique the president's every utterance, but I do think America is exceptional. America is different. We don't operate in any way the Russians do. I think there's a clear distinction here that all Americans understand, and no, I would not have characterized it that way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me! The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours. Nothing is off the table.feedback

Michael Flynn

The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours.feedback

Michael Flynn

The international community has been too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior. The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough. The Trump administration will no longer tolerate Iran's provocations that threaten our interests. The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.feedback

Paul Ryan

A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I don't think you're going to go back and reconstitute the multilateral sanctions that were in place. I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions. I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account. This last administration did not do that.feedback

Juri Ratas

What I know and understand (is) that the U.S., they said that they keep the sanctions (against Russia)… if we are talking (about) Crimea, it is very important that we have here this common understanding between European Union and U.S.feedback

Gary Sick

If they wanted to do it, that would have been the moment.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

This is fully consistent with the Obama administration's commitment to Congress that the nuclear deal does not preclude the use of non-nuclear sanctions.feedback

Paul Ryan

The "swift and decisive response proves that our new administration is serious about holding the Iranian regime accountable for its illicit behavior.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

Less than two weeks after walking into the White House, President Trump lifts sanctions on the Russian Security Service. Vladimir Putin's thugs meddle with an American election, and President Trump gives them a thank you present.feedback

Bob Corker

I think what happened over the weekend was a wake-up call. I do think, on the other hand, when they threaten with - when they threaten us in other ways. Let's move away from the nuclear agreement when they have their naval vessels threatening ours and doing things, they need to be aware that there's a new day and we're not putting up with the things they've been doing in the region.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I haven't eased anything. I don't want these people.feedback

Sasha Riser-Kositsky - Eurasia Group

Pakistan's continuing loss of influence with the [U.S.] executive branch and Congress could result in some form of economic and travel sanctions. A senior White House official already suggested that Pakistan could be included on a list of terrorism-wracked countries whose citizens are now temporarily banned from entering the U.S.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

This is part of a much broader strategy and merely a sign of coming attractions. The focus is clearly on missile procurement networks and represents a first step in the administration's escalation against Iran's missile program support for terrorism and other malign activities.feedback

Nikki Haley

We do want to better our relations with Russia. And the crisis is spreading, endangering many more. The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.feedback

Bob Corker

The administration, thankfully, is going to follow through on appropriately holding Iran accountable for the violations that are taking place.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

Hungary's position on the sanctions is that they're useless and have proven to be unsuccessful and we are not lobbying for lifting the sanctions because of Russia, we are lobbying, or we are speaking in favour of lifting the sanctions because of Hungary.feedback

Naeem Aslam - AvaTrade

It was expected that Trump's administration wouldn't be able to maintain the same relationships which were developed by Obama after years of work. These tensions could make investors a little nervous and we could see the oil market becoming volatile once again. Trump's administration has put Iran on official notice but no one really know what this really means. Nonetheless, we think this news is sufficient to bring more instability for the price of oil, and if the US puts the sanctions back on Iran, it may create more problems for its EU partners.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

We know from the example of rocket engines that American partners never put what they need under sanctions.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

The whole world is noticeably holding its breath while waiting to see if there will be rapprochement ... in American-Russian relations and if so, to what depth and dimension. If American pressure has been taken off European countries in terms of the sanctions – and there seems to be a good chance for this – I believe all of those who emphasized pragmatic relations and talked about the need to reevaluate the sanctions will be more courageous and that will be a new basis for debate.feedback

Peter Harrell

I don't think when they sanctioned FSB they were intending to complicate the sale of cell phones and tablets.feedback

Andy Lipow - Lipow Oil Associates

If the administration makes more and more statements that the Iranians consider to be provocative, the situation might turn into renewed sanctions on Iran or Iran acting in a manner that impacts the oil market in other ways.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran again launched a ballistic missile. This is a flagrant violation of a Security Council Resolution. In my upcoming meeting with President Trump, I intend to bring up the renewal of sanctions against Iran. Iran's aggression cannot be left without a response.feedback

Mike Allen - Politico

The reason: Clintonites feel that if Obama had come out early and forcefully with evidence of Russian interference in the campaign, and perhaps quicker sanctions, she might be president today. His caution, they argue, allowed the public to have a foggy sense of clear, calculated, consistent Russian meddling in the campaign. We can't stress enough how upset some Democrats are. It's testing relationships between Clinton and Obama loyalists. It's making efforts to form a new Trump opposition coalition harder.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

What Trump is doing is un-American. If Trump is now driving a wrecking ball through this set of values, then I will tell him as chancellor: That's not the policy of Germany and Europe. As long as the Minsk peace agreement is not fully implemented, the sanctions cannot be lifted. We must tell Putin very clearly that Russia is obliged to respect and defend international law.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

(But) it's hardly possible to talk about any kind of deals (over sanctions). To start with we must fix the date and time of a meeting between the two presidents. Aides are working on this now. We have seen a readiness to solve difficult problems through dialogue, which President Putin has long been calling for and unfortunately in previous years did not find a response (to).feedback

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. Building bridges, not walls, with Mexico. We stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans.feedback

Mitch McConnell

Well, we'll wait and see. I hope the president will follow our advice and not be lifting the sanctions on the Russians.feedback

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. We stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans. But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as the sanctions, (it is) very early to be talking about that. There goes that relationship.feedback

Theresa May

We believe the sanctions should continue until we see the Minsk agreement fully implemented. And we've been continuing to argue that inside the European Union.feedback

Mitch McConnell

I'm against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. These sanctions were imposed because of their behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We in Germany and France have a clear position on the sanctions. We wish to implement the Minsk peace process ... And that is the only way that sanctions can be lifted.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will see what happens. We look to have a great relationship with all countries, ideally. That won't necessarily happen, unfortunately, [and it] probably won't happen with many countries. But if we could have [a relationship] as we do with Prime Minister May… if we can have a great relationship with Russia and with China and with all countries, I am all for that. That would be a tremendous asset. No guarantees, but if we can, that would be a positive, not a negative.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We'll see what happens as far as the sanctions - very early to be talking about that. I think when it irons out, you're going to have your own identity, and you are going to have the people that you want in your country. He is an expert. He is highly respected. Mexico made us look foolish. We had a very good call. I have been very strong on Mexico. I have great respect for Mexico ... but, as you know, Mexico with the United States has out-negotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders. They've made us look foolish.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They've made us look foolish. We are going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship. But the United States cannot continue to lose vast amounts of business, vast amounts of companies and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. We had a very good call. I have been very strong on Mexico. I have great respect for Mexico, I love the Mexican people. I work with the Mexican people all the time. It was a very, very friendly call. I think you'll hear that form the president.feedback

John McCain

President Donald Trump's call with Vladimir Putin is scheduled to take place amid widespread speculation that the White House is considering lifting sanctions against Russia. For the sake of America's national security and that of our allies, I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.feedback