US announces sanctions on Iran, Venezuela’s Maduro under ‘UN’ authority | AFP

The United States says it is imposing sanctions on Iran’s defense ministry and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro under a UN authority which is widely contested. “For nearly two years corrupt officials in Tehran have worked with the illegitimate regime in Venezuela to flout the UN arms embargo,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters. “Our actions today are a warning that should be heard worldwide.” SOUNDBITE

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