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US to review Chinese debt before decision on Pakistan’s loan request

WASHINGTON: The United States said that it will examine closely Pakistan request for a loan from the International Monetary Fund(IMF), adding that “part of the reason that Pakistan found itself in this situation is Chinese debt”. Asked at a Thursday news briefing how would the United States deal with Pakistan’s …

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Pakistan’s fortunes can’t be rescued by celebrity PM and recycled foreign minister

India and US’ concerns over Pakistan are old but now China and Saudi Arabia too are indicating wariness over unfulfilled promises. Few friends or presumed enemies seem willing to trust Pakistan’s promises even under a new leader. Reluctance of ‘friends’ Saudi Arabia and China to pump in billions of dollars …

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Here’s How Iran Hides Its Secret Oil Trade

Ellen R. Wald The Trump administration is worried about rising oil and gasoline prices resulting from the latest set of sanctions that it will implement against Iran’s oil and gas industry just two days before the midterm elections. President Trump has good reason to be concerned about the political implications. To …

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Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change

BY RACHEL AVRAHAM The United States’ re-imposition of sanctions on Iran prompted the Iranians to appeal to the International Criminal Court to block the re-imposition. President Donald Trump appears determined to take a hard-line stance against the Iranian regime. However, to effectively bring Iranian aggression across the globe to a …

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Saudi king wouldn’t last 2 weeks without US support, says Trump

United States (US) President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia’s king “might not be there for two weeks” without US military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America’s closest Mideast allies over rising oil prices. As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and …

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Pompeo pulls out of treaty with Iran, in response to UN court ruling

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the U.S. is terminating a 1955 treaty with Iran, after the United Nations’ top court used that treaty to order the U.S. to ease some of its sanctions on the regime. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled earlier Wednesday that the U.S. must lift sanctions that …

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US shuts down consulate in Iraq’s Basra citing Iranian ‘threats’

The move follows recent rocket attacks that Washington says were directed at the consulate in Basra. The United States has announced it is closing its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating its diplomats from there after increasing threats and rocket fire from Iran and Iran-backed fighters. The decision adds to …

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Trump seeks UN backing for Iran nuclear sanctions

US President Donald Trump has urged other members of the UN Security Council to work with America to ensure Iran never acquires a nuclear bomb. Chairing a council meeting, he said anyone who failed to comply with US sanctions would “face severe consequences”. America is re-imposing sanctions after pulling out …

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Saudi, UAE officials call for regime change in Iran at US summit

Representatives from Gulf countries shared platform with Mossad director at summit against 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Washington, and the director of Israel‘s Mossad spy agency have joined ranks in pushing for regime change in Iran. Speaking …

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Along the road – Gwadar and China’s power projection

The construction of the Gwadar port and the Chinese presence on the shores of the Arabian Sea highlight a new geostrategic dynamic that is likely to affect the regional balance of power. Frederic Grare Nonresident Senior Fellow South Asia Program Ever since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the Gwadar port …

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