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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran is unlikely to retaliate over the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist before the inauguration of Joe Biden in case it jeopardizes any future sanctions relief, the top U.S. envoy on Iran told Reuters on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. “If they want sanctions relief, they know that they’re going to need to enter some kind of negotiation after January 20, and it’s got to be in their minds that they don’t want to... undertake any activities between now and Jan 20 that make sanctions relief harder to get,” he said. In retaliation, Tehran gradually breached the deal’s restrictions on its nuclear program. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, REUTERS Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Elliott Abrams, Biden, Donald Trump, it’s, , Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Trump, Abrams Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reuters, Iranian Defense Ministry, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Jan Locations: Iran, Tehran, Israel, Venezuela, , United States, Washington, Islamic Republic
Abrams also threatened further U.S. sanctions against anyone responsible for “electoral fraud” in Venezuelan congressional elections scheduled for Sunday. “They are really up against the wall,” Abrams said, referring to the economic impact of U.S. sanctions on Maduro and his allies. “And we’ve got a lot of leverage; we should use it ... My policy advice (to the Biden administration) would be no giveaways to Maduro.”Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Despite Trump’s campaign of sanctions and diplomatic pressure, Maduro has remained in power, backed by the OPEC nation’s military and supported by Russia, Cuba, China and Iran. The ballot could pave the way toward Venezuela’s opposition losing control of the National Assembly, which would complicate Guaido’s standing based on his position as the speaker of the congress.
Persons: Biden, Nicolas Maduro, Elliott Abrams, Andrew Harnik, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Abrams, ” Abrams, we’ve, Maduro, Maduro’s, Trump, GUAIDO Abrams, Juan Guaido, Guaido, , ” Guaido Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, State Department, REUTERS, Reuters, Maduro’s Socialist Party, OPEC, National Assembly Locations: Venezuela, Washington , U.S, Iran, Washington, U.S, Russia, Cuba, China, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of rivals it is not. The following are some of the policy issues that Blinken and Sullivan, who served at the State Department and then as Biden’s chief foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration, will face as they seek to turn the page on President Donald Trump’s sometimes chaotic foreign policy:CHINAChina is expected to be the main challenge for Biden’s foreign policy team at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to the lowest point in decades. Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the Biden team should beware of getting bogged down in formal dialogues with Beijing. In withdrawing from the deal, Trump restored U.S. sanctions and has imposed many more in a failed effort so far to force Iran into negotiations. What is less clear, however, is how Blinken and the rest of Biden’s team will deal with North Korea.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Blinken, Sullivan, Obama, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Biden, ” Blinken, Xi Jinping, , Bonnie Glaser, , RUSSIA Blinken, Vladimir Putin, ” Biden, IRAN Sullivan, NORTH KOREA Blinken, Kim Jong Un, denuclearization, Kim, al Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S Conference, Mayors, REUTERS, White House, Senate Foreign Relations, State Department, Beijing, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Obama, CBS, NORTH KOREA, North, CBS News, Trump, Taliban Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, CHINA China, Washington, Beijing, China, America, Hong Kong, South China, RUSSIA, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Moscow, IRAN, Iran, Tehran, North Korea, United States, Pyongyang, AFGHANISTAN, Afghanistan, Kabul, al Qaeda, Syria
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Henry Romero, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , ’ Blinken, , Mike Pompeo, Zhao Lijian, Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: REUTERS, State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, Reuters, Foreign Ministry, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Mexico City, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Henry Romero Blinken, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , ’ Blinken, , Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: REUTERS, State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, Reuters, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Mexico City, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , Henry Romero Blinken, , Mike Pompeo, Zhao Lijian, Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, REUTERS, Reuters, Foreign Ministry, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, Mexico City, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
Blinken could be named as early as Tuesday, according to sources close to Biden, while Axios first reported Thomas-Greenfield’s impending nomination. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in the statement. Trump’s campaign also said it was appealing Brann’s decision to the 3rd U.S. Trump’s campaign has filed a petition for another recount in Georgia.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joe Biden on Saturday reached the two-week mark since becoming president-elect, with President Donald Trump stinging from back-to-back setbacks in his desperate, unprecedented bid to undo his election defeat. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a meeting at his transition headquarters in the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 20, 2020. That effort, which critics call an unparalleled push by a sitting president to subvert the will of voters, has met with little success. Trump will participate virtually this weekend in the last summit of the 20 biggest world economies (G20) of his term. There is a “right way and a wrong way” for Trump to contest what he sees as election irregularities, Susan Collins, the Maine Senator, said in a statement.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Brenner Biden, Trump, Brad Raffensperger, Biden, ” Trump, , Kamala Harris, Susan Collins, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Saturday, REUTERS, Democrat, Republican, Georgia, Michigan Republican, Trump, Electoral, General Services Administration, Treasury, Federal Reserve Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maine
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, battered by back-to-back setbacks in his desperate bid to overturn the U.S. presidential election, persisted with claims of massive voter fraud on Saturday, two weeks after Democrat Joe Biden was declared president-elect. His campaign has not been able to provide any evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud, however. “To effectuate this strategy, Defendants are openly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters, including voters in Detroit, Michigan,” said the lawsuit. PRESSURE TO START FORMAL TRANSITIONBiden, who has denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible”, was due to spend Saturday meeting with transition advisers. Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but pressure was building after several voiced doubts on Friday.
Persons: Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Lim Huey Teng Trump, Biden, Brad Raffensperger, Trump, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield, , ” Trump, , Trump’s, Rudolph Giuliani Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, APEC, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Georgia, , Twitter, Trump, Electoral, Detroit, Wayne, Senior Republicans, General Services Administration Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Georgia, Michigan, ” Michigan, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Detroit , Michigan, Wayne County
On Saturday after major television networks called the election for Biden, Trump accused his rival of “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” but he did not provide evidence of anything inappropriate. The transition process cannot shift into high gear until the government’s General Services Administration (GSA) certifies the winner, and it said on Saturday it had not yet made a determination. The Biden transition website - buildbackbetter.com - went live on Wednesday and even after declarations of his victory there was just a single page and no explanation of plans. COOPERATION IS KEYWhite House officials say they are abiding by statutory requirements but declined to provide details. Trump officials so far have adhered to rules such as facilitating security clearances, Kumar said.
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. But due to the political sensitivities of easing U.S. pressure on China, questions remain about the prospect that Biden will act swiftly to decrease tariffs if he is elected. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Persons: Democrat Joe Biden, America’s, Biden, Joe Biden, Brian Snyder, Donald Trump, Trump, , Jeffrey Prescott, Obama, He’s, ” Prescott, Brian McKeon, they’ve, President Trump, that’s, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, Beijing, Democratic U.S, REUTERS, Reuters, Biden, Democratic, Trump, United Steelworkers, China, U.S . Customs, White House, Pentagon, WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters), Georgia, REUTERS/Brian Snyder Locations: China, Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, Washington, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Atlanta, China, U
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. But due to the political sensitivities of easing U.S. pressure on China, questions remain about the prospect that Biden will act swiftly to decrease tariffs if he is elected. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Persons: Democrat Joe Biden, America’s, Biden, Joe Biden, Brian Snyder, Donald Trump, Trump, , Jeffrey Prescott, Obama, He’s, ” Prescott, Brian McKeon, they’ve, President Trump, that’s, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, Beijing, Democratic U.S, REUTERS, Reuters, Biden, Democratic, Trump, United Steelworkers, China, U.S . Customs, White House, Pentagon, WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters), Georgia, REUTERS/Brian Snyder Locations: China, Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, Washington, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Atlanta, China, U
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