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NEW Oct 18 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Sanctions. 387 people are quoted and you can read 749 citations of them about Sanctions. Vladimir Putin, Rex W. Tillerson, Nikki Haley and Steven Mnuchin, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Vladimir Putin said: “We should not act out of emotions and push North Korea to a dead end.”.
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Nicolas Maduro

(But) the opposition's case that the government committed fraud will be difficult to prove, and any legal challenges will likely come to nothing in government-controlled courts, while the election board will choke off demands for a vote audit.feedback

Andrej Babis

I'm a Czech politician. I care about Czech people. For them we must reform the EU and stop illegal immigration. We have these sanctions against Russia, but what is the result?feedback

Chris Coons

He's tossing a political hand grenade – the question of whether we ought to impose sanctions on Iran over their nuclear program or not – into the lap of Congress. And we will have 60 days to decide whether or not to do so.feedback

Marco Rubio

I will reserve judgment until actual legislation is presented. But I have serious doubts about whether it is even possible to fix such a dangerously flawed agreement. Ultimately, leaving the nuclear deal, reimposing suspended sanctions, and having the president impose additional sanctions would serve our national interest better.feedback

Ajay Banga - MasterCard

There has to be a whole change in the sanctions regime that allows companies like us… to operate freely in Iran. But until the sanctions actually get lifted, this is all very nice, but we can't do very much.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The intent is that we will stay in the JCPOA, but the president is going to decertify under INARA. So that's what the president has asked us to do – is either put more teeth into this obligation that Iran is undertaking for all of the sanctions relief and the benefit it receives. Or let's just forget the whole thing and we'll walk away and we'll start all over.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

There are particular risks and complexities to designating an entire army, so to speak, of a country where that then puts in place certain requirements where we run into one another in the battlefield … that we think are not appropriate and not necessarily in the best interest of our military actions. So the sanctions are around getting the financing structures themselves and getting at certain individuals and penalising people who are supporting these kinds of activity.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

There is a third path the president is going to be suggesting that the Congress consider, and that's using the INARA act … let's take the INARA and amend the INARA, put in place new trigger points, that if Iran violates these trigger points, the sanctions automatically go back into place.feedback

Ted Cruz

It is the right thing to decertify. I think we should reimpose sanctions. The administration can reimpose sanctions. That would be the right thing to do. Congress can reimpose sanctions. When I was campaigning, I promised, that if I had been elected on Day 1 I would have ripped to shreds the Iran deal.feedback

Greg Sankey - Securities and Exchange Commission

The panel is troubled by the university's shifting positions about whether academic fraud occurred on its campus and the credibility of the Cadwalader report, which it distanced itself from after initially supporting the findings. However, NCAA policy is clear. The NCAA defers to its member schools to determine whether academic fraud occurred and, ultimately, the panel is bound to making decisions within the rules set by the membership.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We got weak inspections for no more than a short term and temporary delay in Iran's path to nuclear weapons. The previous administration lifted sanctions just before what would have been total collapse of Iranian regime. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Let's take the INARA and amend the INARA to put in place some very firm trigger points in INARA, that if Iran passes any of these trigger points, the sanctions automatically go back into place. There's no determination other than they've hit a trigger point. There's no other sanctions required. The sanctions just automatically go back on.feedback

Greg Sankey - Securities and Exchange Commission

While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called 'paper courses' offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes.feedback

Edward Morse - Citigroup Global Markets

There's nothing that's going to happen for a good, long time. The bad expectation in the market would be a re-imposing of those sanctions which force the U.S. to try to get allies to reduce a significant amount of the oil imported from Iran.feedback

Scott Modell

[Congress] can vote to re-impose sanctions that are currently waived, and then the president would have to sign it…But I think what's going to happen instead is there's lower-hanging fruit they're going to go to. They're going to push on non-nuclear sanctions.feedback

Scott Modell

There's always a push to add new names to the list. …There's no real appetite even among Iran hawks to unravel the deal. They don't want to re-impose sanctions that would blow up the deal.feedback

John Hardy - Federal Reserve System

Russia and Iran, long suffering at the hands of U.S. financial and trade sanctions, will be happy participants in this scheme and could provide critical mass. The bigger test will be whether traditional U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia, would be willing to risk the ire and financial might of the U.S. by agreeing to receive yuan for oil.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

[The policy] seems to be working. The diplomatic effort is now supported by the threat of U.S. secondary sanctions and [will] force companies/countries to pick the U.S. or North Korea; as expected and as we saw with Iran, they pick the United States.feedback

Richard Fontaine - Center for a New American Security

It's hard to imagine a world where the administration signals that it's going to decline to certify and it would like to see the reimposition of some or all sanctions – and Congress not acting. From a Republican point of view, would you want to take a position against the reimposition of Iran sanctions on the Hill, only to see the president do it anyway?feedback

Roz Helderman - the Post

A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year's presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer raises new questions about how the key session came together. The note was written by the Russian lawyer and sent to a music promoter who had helped arrange the session. It could offer evidence backing up the Russian lawyer's claims that she was meeting with Trump Jr. solely to discuss a 2012 law despised by the Kremlin that imposed financial sanctions on wealthy Russians as punishment for human rights abuses.feedback

Andrew Keller

It could lead to the unravelling of the deal at a time when Iran is reportedly complying and more and more businesses are engaging as a result of sanctions relief. In other words, the deal is working as we intended it to work. Sanctions may not ultimately be reimposed, but decertification will destabilise the deal for governments and businesses alike. The IRGC [the Guards] is already subject to multiple US sanctions. Piling on another terrorist designation seems unlikely to stop any IRGC activity, but it will add to the compliance challenges facing businesses engaging in Iran.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

A whole new world is opening up for Venezuela thanks to Trump's sanctions. It's an honour that the head of the empire (Trump) mentions me every day. That means I'm doing something right. Donald Trump has become the head of the Venezuelan opposition. He has made me famous around the world. Every time he mentions me, they love me more.feedback

Kim Jong-un

The national economy has grown on their strength this year, despite the escalating sanctions.feedback

Mohammad Ali Jafari

As we've announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran's missiles. If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East.feedback

Marton Gyongyosi

I think the whole Brexit issue was such a shock to Brussels that they started to think how to listen more to the citizens and individual member states. Before Brexit, they would say, this is on the agenda and if you don't follow us I will assign sanctions to you.feedback

Mohammad Ali Jafari

The Americans should know that the Trump government's stupid behaviour with the nuclear deal will be used by the Islamic Republic as an opportunity to move ahead with its missile, regional and conventional defence programme.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system, and that's quite meaningful.feedback

Nikki Haley

Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime. We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.feedback

Magnus Taylor - The International Crisis Group

It won't be transformational. It's taking their place in the world as an ordinary, responsible state.feedback

Magnus Taylor - The International Crisis Group

It is appropriate now to offer Sudan incentives and the beginning of a way back to a kind of international order from which it was thoroughly expelled. They had made enough progress to make the first rung of the ladder, and we need to keep pushing them to climb.feedback

Alex Vines - Chatham House

This has long been anticipated and it shows how Bashir has been remodeling himself through international partnerships.feedback

Tom Cotton

The president should decline to certify, not primarily on grounds related to Iran's technical compliance, but rather based on the long catalog of the regime's crimes and perfidy against the United States, as well as the deal's inherent weakness. The world needs to know we're serious, we're willing to walk away, and we're willing to reimpose sanctions – and a lot more than that. And they'll know that when the president declines to certify the deal, and not before.feedback

Zach Vertin

Khartoum still wants many things from Washington. Now the administration is in a good place to extract further gains. The administration should make clear if Khartoum wants to continue the path to normalization, it should continue progress in the identified areas and undertake a long overdue process that leads to a political transition.feedback

Zach Vertin

For far too long, Washington promoted a policy of punishment only. It failed for two decades. Everyone agrees that transformational change in necessary. This is a dreadful government.feedback

Eddie Kerman - IndiGo

American companies like Amazon might not be able to enter the Iranian market, but there is a significant possibility that European or Asian companies buy the larger Iranian players.feedback

Kamran Adle

We haven't come across any of those governmental push-backs.feedback

Kamran Adle

Iranian infrastructure has dramatically improved in recent of years. 3G and 4G is much more commonplace than it was a couple of years ago.feedback

Stuart Newberger

The Trump administration has today not said a word about the judgments against Sudan.feedback

Ibrahim Ghandour

Lifting the sanctions means lifting the extortion from the people of Sudan who long suffered from them.feedback

Heather Nauert

The government of Sudan's actions during the last nine months show that it is serious about cooperating with the United States and has taken significant steps to stop conflict and improve humanitarian access within Sudan, and to promote regional stability. Any further normalization of ties will require continued progress by the government of Sudan.feedback

Elisabeth Druel

Strong and systematic sanctions are needed to deter illegal fishing and pay for the damage done to our marine environment. The fishing industry would have us believe they are heavily inspected and sanctioned, but our research shows that is just not the case.feedback

Ramin Rabii - Turquoise Partners

Many foreign investors ask me what is the best performing sector in Iran for the next decade. I always name e-commerce and the tech sector.feedback

Ramin Rabii - Turquoise Partners

If he keeps talking about sanctions, that would increase the risk of investment in Iran, but at the same time it will keep a lot of competition out. Major global players are not here.feedback

Kirill Dmitriev

Well, I think Russia and Saudi Arabia have lots of things in common. We want to diversify our economies away from oil and frankly, there was not much going on before. So, of course we are not talking about Russia being a substitute for the U.S. The U.S. will remain a key partner for Saudi Arabia for hundreds of years to come. Frankly, the effect of sanctions have already been taken in by the market. We had good positive growth of 2 percent this year and, frankly, most companies just shrug those sanctions off because nothing in those sanctions precludes anyone investing in us (Russia).feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

What is shocking is how the international community, especially Cambodia's donors, are essentially giving Hun Sen a free pass at each step of this crackdown.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

You see that neither the political nor the economy goals that have been attached to the sanctions by the European Union have been successful. They were totally unsuccessful because Russia is not on its knees economically, but also because there have been many harms to our own economies and, politically speaking, we have had no real forward progress regarding the Minsk agreement.feedback

John McKay

We are concerned about the business of fake news and misinformation.feedback

John McKay

Their tactics are so amateurish they're not even subtle. It's so stupid that the dullest among us can see through that.feedback

Phay Siphan

This is a sovereign state and it will protect its sovereignty.feedback

Joseph Cirincione

Congress has an insatiable appetite for sanctions. But it would be disastrous to impose new sanctions on Iran now and senators know that.feedback

Jeffrey Kingston

Xi seeks improved relations with the U.S. to such an extent that he's making a huge concession here to pave way for a successful Trump visit to Asia next month.feedback

Julie Bishop

He indicated to me that part of his efforts to bring China into the collective strategy, to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, he was also back channelling ... North Korea to make it clear to them that the United States was prepared to talk. The messages so far have been through the media - you know, Pyongyang news puts out a statement and the (US) President responds. I believe that China's involvement is a positive. They are playing a pretty active role and I think it's just changed the calculation in the minds of the North Koreans as well.feedback

Susan Thornton

We call on all countries to join us in cutting all trade and financial ties with North Korea.feedback

Josiah Idowu-Fearon

There are differing views about same-sex marriage within the Anglican Communion but this puts the Scottish Episcopal Church at odds with the majority stance that marriage is the lifelong union of a man and a woman. This is a departure from the faith and teaching upheld by the overwhelming majority of Anglican provinces on the doctrine of marriage. The primates of the Communion will be meeting in Canterbury in October. I am sure [the] decision will be among the topics which will be prayerfully discussed. There will be no formal response to the SEC's vote until the primates have met.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

[They] will be left in the lurch when we start imposing our sanctions. It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.feedback

Giles Goddard

The status quo is no longer an option - people are deeply concerned about the impact of our mission to the nation of the church's current stance towards LGBTI people.feedback

Stanley Ntagali

At times, I wonder whether we really share a common faith. If we are not walking in the same direction, then how can we walk together?feedback

Nicholas Okoh

The will of the orthodox primates is frustrated and misrepresented [and] false teaching is not being corrected … In these circumstances, I have concluded that attendance at Canterbury would be to give credibility to a pattern of behaviour which is allowing great damage to be done to global Anglican witness and integrity.feedback

Wilbur Ross

Chinese commercial banks had been a big route for facilitation of trade to North Korea so the fact that the PBOC has put out a taboo, that's a very big deal. That's a gigantic step – the PBOC step – so assuming that it's followed through and other parts of the sanctions are followed through, that's a very good sign, very, very important pressure.feedback

Justin Trudeau

This is a situation that is obviously untenable. The violence ... needs to end and we are looking to be helpful.feedback

Julie Bishop

I actually believe oil is the game changer in the sanctions regime. China is clearly open to using its undoubted leverage – economic leverage. I'm not suggesting diplomatic, but economic leverage over North Korea, and from my discussions with the US administration I'm confident the US and China are engaged in very serious dialogue about how they are going to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.feedback

Anthony McCarthy

By supporting a campaign to trivialise abortion, i.e. a lethal attack upon an unborn child, the leadership [RCOG] has betrayed the Hippocratic principles and opened the door to a laissez-faire and in effect deregulated abortion industry.feedback

Wang Yi

We urge the DPRK not to go further along a dangerous direction. And we call upon all parties to play a constructive role in easing tensions. There is still hope for peace and we must not give up. Negotiation is the only way out, which deserves every effort. Parties should meet each other halfway, by addressing each other's legitimate concerns.feedback

Adam Szubin

China will not 'roll the dice' when it comes to the fate of its impoverished, nuclear-armed neighbor, and concerns over stability will be paramount.feedback

Aaron Arnold

Iran was already largely cut off from the global financial system–especially among the United States' chief economic partners.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Without any further delay, we are going to discuss in detail what kind of sanctions should be imposed. It is not right for me to unveil them right now but at National Security Council and cabinet meetings we will discuss when these sanctions will be imposed and what the road map will be.feedback

Mike Pence

We do not desire a military conflict. But the president has made it very clear, as he did at the U.N. this week, that all options are on the table and we are simply not going to tolerate a rogue regime in Pyongyang obtaining usable nuclear weapons that could be mounted on a ballistic missile and threaten the people of the United States or our allies.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This new order provides us with powerful new tools, but I want to be clear the order targets only one country -- and that country is North Korea. Many countries are working with us to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. But I continue to call on all those responsible nations to enforce and implement U.N. sanctions and impose their own measures like the ones I am announcing today. Why not?feedback

Steven Mnuchin

No bank in any country should be used to facilitate Kim Jong Un's destructive behavior. This new executive order will authorize the Treasury to impose a range of sanctions such as suspending U.S. Correspondent account access to any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade with North Korea.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. Once again here at the U.N. General Assembly where nations pledge actions for world peace and the mutual prosperity of all peoples, I make the following points very clear to North Korea and the international community. We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our new order will give the Treasury Department the discretion to sanction any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade to North Korea.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

We call on all counties around the world to join us, by cutting off all trade and financial ties with North Korea, in order to achieve a denuclearized North Korean peninsula.feedback

Anthony Munroe

This is a huge accomplishment in a short period of time in that we were able to avert significant sanctions.feedback

Nicholas Burns

What has been missing in Trump's North Korea strategy is a major diplomatic show of unity among these three countries. By standing firmly beside South Korea and Japan, President Trump can strengthen our strategic deterrence against Pyongyang.feedback

Moon Jae-in

All of our endeavors are to prevent the outbreak of war from breaking out and maintain peace. In that respect, the situation surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue needs to be managed stably so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace.feedback

Maysam Berhavesh

Trump doesn't have to become Moscow or Tehran's best friend, but he should be considering measures like offering to de-list Iran as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and easing sanctions against Tehran and Moscow in return for their withdrawing support from anti-American forces in Afghanistan. Those measures aren't going to end Afghanistan's internal conflict, but they might de-escalate it enough for Trump to work on a new exit strategy for U.S. troops.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have the strictest sanctions ever put in place. We do believe there are early signs of those having an effect. Ultimately, though, we're going to need the assistance of the neighbours in the region.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We continue to press on the diplomatic level and that includes economic sanctions. At this time, we must also recognize the somber reality that military options must be available in order to protect our allies and ourselves.feedback

Lesley Regan

I want to be clear that decriminalisation does not mean deregulation and abortion services should be subject to regulatory and professional standards, in line with other medical procedures. I strongly believe that the college has a responsibility to protect women's health by ensuring access to this key healthcare service.feedback

John Kerry

Well the United States remain deeply committed to a denuclearisation programme in North Korea and we are going to continue. And here I agree with the Trump policy about putting additional requests to China, asking China to do more, because China can do more. And the notion that North Korea is near collapse for the steps that have been taken is ridiculous. China can do more. We asked them to do more, we ratcheted it up, then we saw new, additional sanctions from the Trump administration, twice now, but still it is not enough. We know it's not enough, I believe China knows it's not enough.feedback

Robert Gates

So, a political solution involves perhaps recognition, lifting sanctions, signing a peace treaty. These are all very big steps that have to be done in coordination with South Korea, with Japan. And in exchange for that, either dramatically curtailing the North programmes or eliminating them. Well as it's often the case, Russia is not being very helpful. I think that this is a situation when, unlike China, Russia is perfectly content to see the US preoccupied with this problem in North Korea and to exploit it in Asia and wherever else they can.feedback

Michel Temer

Evidently, everyone at the table wants a democratic solution in Venezuela, but no one wants a foreign intervention. We are talking about verbal sanctions, with democratic words, diplomatic words.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.feedback

Julie Bishop

That has happened in the past when North Korea has been subjected to sanctions, certainly not as comprehensive as the current round of sanctions, but they have returned to the negotiating table and that is what we are seeking to do.feedback

Sean Turnell

The people who lead this government are the same people who faced down evil for decades. They remain Myanmar's best hope.feedback

John Sifton

Burmese security forces are committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and disregarding the condemnation of world leaders. The time has come to impose tougher measures that Burma's generals cannot ignore.feedback

Yun Sun

This is basically an opportunity for China and a vulnerability of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Chinese government says the Rohingya issue doesn't affect us and by supporting Aung San Suu Kyi we don't lose anything.feedback

Park Soo-hyun

The two leaders agreed on more practical and stronger pressure ... to make the North Korean regime realise that further provocation will only bring stronger diplomatic isolation and economic pressure leading to a path of collapse.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

This is another dangerous, reckless, criminal act by the North Korean regime, threatening the stability of the region and the world and we condemn it, utterly. This is a sign, I believe, of their frustration at the increased sanctions on North Korea, recently imposed by the Security Council. It's a sign that the sanctions are working. I don't accept that. The critical thing is to continue to apply economic pressure on North Korea to bring the regime to it senses.feedback

Robert Gates

I think one option that the United States has before it is to put on the table a significant package of diplomatic proposals, coupled with a statement of the military actions we will take if there is no political solution to the problem. A political solution involves perhaps recognition, lifting sanctions, signing a peace treaty. If North Korea launches one of those missiles and it hits an America ally – South Korea, Japan – or American territory Guam or elsewhere there almost certainly will be a military response to that.feedback

H.R. McMaster

For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option. Now, it's not what we would prefer to do. So, what we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone, to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war. So that is implementing now these significant sanctions that have just now gone into place, and it is convincing everyone to do everything that they can. And that it's in their interest to do it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. I don't know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15-to-nothing vote, but those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.feedback

Rob Manfred

I have decided to fine the Red Sox an undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida. Moreover, all 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

In our view, Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA, through their actions to prop up the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime, to engage in malicious activities in the region, including cyber activity, aggressively developing ballistic missiles.feedback

Choe Kang-il

You can impose whatever sanctions you want, but no matter how long these sanctions last - whether it is for a hundred or a thousand years - we will keep stepping up efforts and continue with our planned tests.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The sanctions and pressure by the international community will only tighten so that North Korea has no choice but to take the path for genuine dialogue for nuclear disarmament. If North Korea provokes us or our allies, we have the strength to smash the attempt at an early stage and inflict a level of damage it would be impossible to recover from.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The Nikkei is holding up as currencies have reacted relatively calmly to the missile launch, with dollar/yen back above the 110-yen threshold. Also, the missile launch did not catch the market entirely off guard, as North Korea was expected to react after the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions.feedback

Zhang Baohui

Beijing wants to teach North Korea a lesson without causing its collapse. These do show some changes in China's thinking about North Korea as the sanctions are unprecedented.feedback

Zhang Liangui

The sanctions imposed on North Korea are still lacking strength and global scale.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

Implementation [of sanctions] is extremely important. We must firmly make efforts to win over China and Russia, which have influence with North Korea.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The Nikkei is holding up as currencies have reacted relatively calmly to the missile launch, with dollar/yen back above the 110.00 yen threshold. Also, the missile launch did not catch the market entirely off guard, as North Korea was expected to react after the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

North Korea's provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.feedback

Mitch McConnell

In my view, publicly condemning Aung San Suu Kyi–the best hope for democratic reform in Burma–is simply not constructive. … Unfounded criticism of Suu Kyi exaggerates her ability to command the military, which the Burmese constitution does not actually allow her to do.feedback

Heather Nauert

The administration did approve waivers in order to maintain some flexibility. Waving some of those sanctions should not be seen as an indication of President Trump or his administration's position on the JCPOA nor is the waver giving the Iranian regime a pass on its broad range malign behavior. Again, no decisions have been made on the final JCPOA. We still have some time for that.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump's commitment to decertify, and the credible threat he could walk away from the nuclear accord, are motivating Europeans to come on board with ways to fix it.feedback

Hossein Mousavian

If European leaders hold steadfast to the deal, as they have said they will, it will prove that Iran can pursue a relationship with the West minus the United States. Iran may well cooperate with Europe – and only Europe – on regional issues such as defeating Islamic State and stabilizing neighboring countries.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Iran is clearly in default of these expectations. [Iran is] threatening, not ensuring but threatening, the security of those in the region as well as the United States itself. So, we have to consider the totality of the behavior and not let our view be defined [solely] by the nuclear agreement. President Trump has made it clear to those of us who are helping him develop this policy that we must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

The #JCPOA is not (re)negotiable. A 'better deal' is pure fantasy. About time for U.S. to stop spinning and begin complying, just like Iran.feedback

Naguib Sawiris

I believed I've extended a good service to the innocent people of North Korea who are deprived from seeing their parents who live miles away or can't call their children when they come back from school. They're allowed to have the simplest services that everybody in the west has. It has nothing to do with politics. As an investor, I obey by all UN resolutions making sure we're not violating any sanctions, any rules.feedback

Wendy Sherman

Either directly or indirectly, ripping up this deal by the United States is the worst thing we could do for American national security. If the deal fell apart, because we either were in material breach or we took actions where Iran decided it needed to leave, obviously Iran would be back on the march to getting potential for a nuclear weapon and the [International Atomic Energy Agency] would lose all visibility into the program.feedback

Gerard Araud

We adamantly refuse to reopen the agreement. No renegotiation and respect of the agreement. On this basis, we always can discuss other issues.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Let's at least get a cease-fire implemented and the heavy weapons withdrawn, and then do two things as a reward: lift the sanctions and help with rebuilding eastern Ukraine.feedback

Sarah Sanders

All options are on the table. The president has also said that he wants every country involved to step up and do more. This was a small step in that process, and we're hoping that they'll all take a greater role and a more active role in putting pressure on North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We had a vote yesterday on sanctions. We think it's just another very small step – not a big deal. Those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.feedback

Nikki Haley

The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history.feedback

Rob Wood - Bank of America

My hope is the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path. We call on all countries to vigorously implement these new sanctions and all other existing sanctions.feedback

Nikki Haley

If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... If North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. My delegation condemns in the strongest terms, and categorically rejects, the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues.feedback

Nikki Haley

Either the Administration believes Iran is in violation of the deal; or the lifting of sanctions against Iran is not appropriate and proportional to the regime's behavior; or the lifting of sanctions is not in the U.S. national security interest.feedback

Nikki Haley

If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... if North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional US$500 million or more in annual revenues.feedback

Nikki Haley

These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. These steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively. We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted. Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea.feedback

Nikki Haley

These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. These steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively.feedback

Stuart Culverhouse - Exotix

The stiffer sanctions won't change anything in the near-term. The new embargoes are incrementally tougher, but diplomacy meant they had to be compromised to an extent that they are very unlikely to change minds in Pyongyang.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are done trying to prod the regime from doing the right thing. We are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.feedback

Richard Nephew

We lack vision to incorporate sanctions into a broader strategy and this is hurting our ability to get really tough sanctions or use them appropriately. This must change if we are to avoid just using sanctions for sanctions' sake.feedback

Steffen Seibert

There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully.feedback

Michael Fallon

So we've got to work at this problem and bring about a diplomatic solution that stops the development of North Korea's nuclear programme and enforces the sanctions we have at the moment.feedback

Michael Fallon

What we have to avoid at all costs is this spilling over into any kind of military conflict. So we're working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check. I'm very concerned about the situation in the Pacific. The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and look after its people. But this involves us. London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.feedback

Zhang Liangui

The move [against North Korean accounts] benefits China as a country. China takes sanctions very seriously.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

There is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united. I very much hope that all my Council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft. [I]t's called negotiation. I very much hope that all my Council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft. The version on the table is strong, it is robust, it is a very significant set of additional sanctions on imports into North Korea and on exports out of North Korea and other measures as well, so that's why we will be voting in favor of it.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

There are vulnerabilities here, because the people North Korea is doing business with want dollars. It was dollars that the North Koreans were attempting to send to Russia. The Russians are not about to start taking North Korean won.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

Washington, in theory, should have learned that, for us, the language of sanctions is unacceptable; the solution of real problems is only hindered by such actions. So far, however, it does not seem that they have come to an understanding of such obvious truths.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

Russia is now a player in this realm. The Chinese may be fed up with North Korea and willing to do more to increase the pressure. But it's not clear that the Russians are willing to go along with that.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are done trying to prod North Korea to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it doing the right thing. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.feedback

Richard Nephew

Far from showing a major international shift to support regime-threatening sanctions, the UN [security council's] proposed resolution underscores the degree to which the US and other members have fundamentally different views on [North Korea].feedback

Richard Gowan - European Council

This is a pretty solid resolution, and if the US had worked it up quietly with China and Russia it could have been sold as another significant win for Washington. But the fact that the original US pitch was so much stronger now makes it look like a defeat. Perhaps Haley felt that she had to open with a maximalist bid to get anything at all.feedback

Kang Kyung-wha

We have been in consultations that oil has to be part of the final sanctions. I do believe that whatever makes it into the final text and is adopted by consensus hopefully will have significant consequences on the economic pressure against North Korea.feedback

Kim Jong-un

The recent test of the H-bomb is the great victory won by the Korean people.feedback

John Park

Targeted sanctions–unintentionally and counterintuitively–helped to create more efficient markets in China for North Korea Incorporated.feedback

Adam Szubin

It would mean placing a stranglehold on the North Korean economy that makes it impossible for the leader to pay his military and security forces, to fuel his planes and trucks, or to provide bribes to his family and cronies.feedback

David Cohen

One way the Trump administration can get the Chinese into the game here in a more effective fashion is by looking at more sanctions on Chinese entities, especially certain smaller banks and trading companies, that are critical to the North Korean economy.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course also includes NATO. I will not speculate about whether Article 5 will be applied in such a situation. We are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. There is no easy way out of this difficult situation, but at the same time we have to ... continue to work for political solution, continue to press also the economic sanctions.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Everything that I've seen suggests that the majority of this stuff goes on ships. Ships are easier to hide. You wouldn't think so. But aircraft have to file flight plans. Cargo and transport aircraft have to fly through air space… It's much easier just to reflag a ship under some nondescript nation that nobody would think was carrying arms and send it to Syria.feedback

Heather Nauert

Now when you see a test that took place on Sunday, you may think, goodness, that is not working, but that is not the case, and here's why: It can take a long, long time for sanctions to work. It can take a long time for a pressure campaign to work. It is not an overnight thing. It's not a big, sexy military operation. This is handled very, very differently.feedback

Zhao Tong

If China supports more radical economic sanctions that directly threaten the stability of the regime, then it is possible that North Korea becomes as hostile to China as to the United States.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

I have an executive order prepared that's ready to go to the President that would authorize me to stop doing trade, put sanctions on anybody that does trade with North Korea, and the President will consider that at the appropriate time once he gives the UN time to act. We believe we need to economically cut off North Korea while they do this action. If we don't get those additional sanctions at the UN, Trump will consider the already-drafted executive action.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are telling them that we will not impose sanctions, which means you will live better, you will have more good and tasty food on the table, you will dress better, but the next step, they think, is an invitation to the cemetery. And they will never agree with this.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Clearly, it is impossible to solve the Korean Peninsula issue by sanctions and pressure ... We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner. As never before everyone should show restraint and refrain from steps leading to escalation and tensions.feedback

Linda Babcock

Women are penalized more than men for negotiating. People are less likely to like them; if they negotiate in a job interview, they are less likely to hire them. There are real social sanctions that occur when women initiate negotiations.feedback

Vipin Narang

That's where I think it's really impressive–the innovation by necessity that they've had. It's a country under sanctions. It's a country under threat.feedback

Sigal Mandelker

These actions send a clear message to those enriching themselves at the expense of the South Sudanese people that we will not let them exploit the U.S. financial system to move and hide the proceeds of their corruption. Treasury will forcefully respond to the atrocities ongoing in South Sudan by targeting those who abuse human rights, seek to derail the peace process and obstruct reconciliation in South Sudan.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Russia cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. The North's nuclear provocations have violated UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. It is clear that it is impossible to solve the Korean Peninsula's problems by only sanctions and pressure. We should not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner. We call on all parties concerned to carefully look at this initiative that, in our view, offers a real way of decreasing tensions and step-by-step settlement.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's a road to nowhere. Whipping up military hysteria this will lead to no good. It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life. Resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient. All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims.feedback

Nancy Soderberg

Let the sanctions bite, see if you can really make the North Koreans feel the squeeze and start trying to deny the funds that enable him to build these weapons. We want to step back from the brink. she doesn't think those types of threats are helpful. I don't think it was wise for the president to extemporaneously threaten nuclear war with North Korea. That's just ramping up the tensions on all sides and dividing a wedge with our allies in South Korea and Japan.feedback

Rob Wood - Bank of America

We look forward to working with our partners in the (UN Security) Council with regard to a new resolution that will put some of the strongest sanctions possible on the DPRK. Advances in the regime's nuclear and missile programme are a threat to us all ... now is the time to say tests, threats and destabilising actions will no longer be tolerated. It can no longer be business as usual with this regime.feedback

Nikki Haley

If you look at North Korea now, the reasons we're pushing for so many sanctions – do we think more sanctions are going to work on North Korea? Not necessarily. But what does it do? It cuts off the revenue that allows them to build ballistic missiles.feedback

Nikki Haley

Just last month, when the United States imposed new sanctions in response to Iranian missile launches, Iran's leaders threatened once again to leave the JCPOA. This arrogant threat tells us one thing – Iran's leaders want to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage to its bad behavior.feedback

Angela Merkel

North Korea's nuclear tests are a flagrant violation of all international conditions.feedback

Nikki Haley

Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.feedback

Nicholas Burns

To look at companies, Chinese companies, that are cheating on the current international sanctions and make examples of them – that's probably going to be a more fruitful way to go forward.feedback

Angela Merkel

I say clearly and in the name of the whole government: there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

This lays the groundwork for the president to decertify the deal if he chooses to do so but it doesn't necessarily follow that Congress will reinstate the J.C.P.O.A. sanctions.feedback

Geng Shuang

What is definitely unacceptable to us is that on the one hand we work so hard to peacefully resolve this issue [of North Korea's nuclear weapons development], but on the other hand our own interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized. This is neither objective nor fair.feedback

Jang Kyoung-soo

We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.feedback

Vassily Nebenzia - United Nations

An "urgent need to maintain a cool head and refrain from any action that can escalate tensions. A comprehensive settlement to the nuclear and other issues plaguing the Korean peninsula can be arrived at solely through political diplomatic channels, including by leveraging the mediation efforts of the United Nations secretary-general.feedback

Boris Johnson

We have to consider how to respond and it's our view in the UK, overwhelmingly that peaceful, diplomatic means are the best and we think the sanctions route still holds potential. China is responsible for 90 per cent of North Korea's trade and North Korea only has six months of oil supplies left. There is scope to continue to put pressure on the regime.feedback

Arkady Dvorkovich

My assessment is that U.S. sanctions eventually bring more harm to Europe than to Russia, also as a result of our counter-sanctions that create burden costs for the European economy. We aren't happy about it but we had to react and Europe is suffering from that.feedback

Sean Callow - Westpac Banking

Markets continue to treat each North Korean escalation as being the same as the previous instance, buying the yen, Swiss franc, treasuries and gold while selling the Aussie dollar - but not on a large scale. Assuming the worst on the Korean peninsula has not proven to be a winning trading strategy this year. Investors seem reluctant to price in anything more severe than trade sanctions, and the absence of another 'fire and fury' Trump tweet has helped encourage markets to respond warily.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

If China decides to cut off that vital supply of crude oil going to North Korea, there will be an immediate and pretty costly impact on the economy.feedback

Hua Chunying

On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea's nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We are ready: We must defend our economic interests vis a vis the United States, and we will do that.feedback

Park Su-hyun

Both heads of state agreed to cooperate closely with each other and the United States and shared the understanding there must be the most powerful sanctions and pressure applied on North Korea.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We will give a tough response to those things that hurt us absolutely without rhyme or reason, and which are dictated only by the desire to spoil our relations with the US. I would like to point out it was not us who initiated this exchange of sanctions, but the (Barack) Obama administration. They sought to rupture Russian-US relations and prevent US President Donald Trump from putting forward any constructive proposals.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I was asked if there were any diplomatic efforts left, and I said, of course,' . Diplomatic can include economic sanctions, United Nations, not just talking – it didn't contradict anything the president said. We're not talking to the North Koreans right now. I can't help people who misinterpret things. I'll do my best to call it like I see it, but right now if I say 'six' and the president says 'half-a-dozen,' they're gonna say I disagree with him.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Diplomatic' can include economic sanctions, United Nations sanctions, it's not just talking. I didn't contradict anything the President said. We're not talking to the North Koreans right now. We're working diplomatically with Secretary (of State Rex) Tillerson in the lead, and I maintain behind that military options for the President, to back up the diplomacy. But we're not done with diplomacy. We knew within minutes where it was going.feedback

Hua Chunying

We think it is regrettable that some countries selectively overlook the relevant Security Council resolutions' demand to advance dialogue, and stubbornly emphasize pressure and sanctions.feedback

Hua Chunying

The Japanese side, in disregard of China's stern stance, goes so far as to follow some countries to impose unilateral sanctions on the Chinese enterprises and individuals. We are strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to this. The past has proven that pressure and sanction only will not fundamentally settle the issue. We believe that only by addressing the legitimate security concerns of all parties in a balanced way can the intricate and complicated Peninsula issue be peacefully resolved and the vicious cycle of more sanctions followed by more missile tests be fundamentally cut off.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

A very tough economic sanctions regime is the best chance of resolving this without conflict.feedback

Victor Cha

Sanctions are the most maligned tool of diplomacy. Everybody says sanctions don't work until they work …when North Korea comes back to the table that will tell us that sanctions have worked. But no one will admit that because then they'll focus on the negotiation.feedback

Anwita Basu

China refuses to agree on enemy sanctions because they don't want to destabilize North Korea and rightly so, because you don't know what you're dealing with.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

President Trump's kowtowing to Vladimir Putin is endangering our national security and emboldening a dangerous tyrant. What do the Russians have on President Trump that he would flirt with lifting sanctions and weakening NATO?feedback

Angela Merkel

Ukraine does not have full sovereignty. I am working together with the French President and also with the help of the United States on finding solutions (for the Ukraine crisis) within the Normandy format. We just made clear in our joint statement released yesterday that the observance of the ceasefire agreement is of the utmost importance. If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for lifting the sanctions on Russia.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am not the one who decides on the euro exchange rate. If the euro zone is very low then it is easier for German exporters to place their products on the global market – every change in the euro exchange rate has an impact on our ability to export and of course puts new pressure on our competitiveness. I personally don't see the trade surplus per se as so dramatic… and if the trade surplus goes down now, it is part of things that we don't have any influence on at all.feedback

Hua Chunying

The present problem in Venezuela should be resolved by the Venezuelan government and people themselves. Outside interference or unilateral sanctions will make the situation even more complicated and will not help resolve the actual problem.feedback

Bruce Klingner

It has turned a blind eye to North Korea's violations and proliferation occurring on Chinese soil. They certainly would know some of the illicit activity that's occurring in China on behalf of North Korea's prohibited nuclear and missile program.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

It might also have been planned to occur when Pyongyang assumes that Trump's team is preoccupied with Hurricane Harvey.feedback

Bruce Klingner

It's long past time to increase sanctions. It really is counter-intuitive that we don't have stronger sanctions on North Korea than on Iran, but the opposite has been true.feedback

Mark Green

The timing of my visit shows the importance the U.S. attaches to our relationship with Sudan during this very important sanctions review period. We will be closely watching for sustained progress.feedback

Steven Koutsis

What we want to ensure is, while we are trying to get the regime to change its ways, that the people of Sudan are not suffering because of that.feedback

Eric Olhats

Griezmann didn't feel able to leave Atletico. He's been integral to them and has shown his commitment to the club at a time when they couldn't sign players. Without the Fifa sanctions he would have gone.feedback

Toby Iles - Fitch

There's never been a problem with [this system], but it's a high stakes system.feedback

Yassine Jaber

It is definitely toned down compared to the one we saw when we were there, so obviously our arguments have been taken into consideration ... It is more targeted.feedback

Mathias Angonin - Moody's

So far Lebanese authorities have been successful in limiting the fallout of U.S. sanctions on Lebanese banks.feedback

Jorge Arreaza

These financial sanctions announced today are the worst aggressions to Venezuela in the last 200 years maybe. ... Maybe after the Spanish empire was defeated by our liberators. What do they want? They want to starve the Venezuelan people.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

We'll have to endure sacrifices but we must safeguard the country and sovereign motherland in order to break the blockade.feedback