The suspension of aid is reversible if Pakistan were to show real progress in hunting down terrorists and rid itself of its rinse-and-repeat cycle.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told US media it was too early to tell if the inter-Korea meeting could open the way for future talks involving the US.
Protests erupted on December 28 in the holy Shi’ite city of Mashhad after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.
The proposal came in response to the anti-government protests that have swept Iranian cities and towns over the past week, killing about 21 people in the unrest.
Pakistani UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in a statement that her country’s fight against terrorism was not based on any consideration of aid but on national interests and principles.
“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump tweeted.
The US piled on the pressure on India and other countries before the vote.
The UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Trump campaigned last year on a promise to deport large numbers of immigrants and build a wall on the US border with Mexico to help tackle illegal immigration and crime in the United States.
The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options were on the table in dealing with North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons program, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option.
Dispatched by President Donald Trump to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, Haley’s trip was one of the first tangible signs of interest in Africa by the nine-month old administration.
Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state has been dogged by rumors about rifts with Trump over policy.
Nikki Haley said the US was not saying that Iran was in breach of the agreement, but she raised concerns about its activities that are not covered by the pact.
Any resolution imposing economic or military sanctions on Myanmar is likely to be vetoed either by China or Russia – or both.
Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with US President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” and urged the 15-member UN Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him.
North Korea tested two ICBMs in July that could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the US mainland within range
Trump blamed both sides for clashes in Charlottesville, where white nationalists were protesting the removal of a statue of a confederate general.
Iran says new US sanctions breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers.
President Xi’s comments came hours after President Trump warned North Korea that the US military was “locked and loaded”.
The US-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
After talking to Trump, Abe said efforts to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue were undermined by Pyongyang’s unilateral “escalation.”
The US argue that Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, while Russia contends it was just a medium-range one, which hamstrings the US effort to push for stronger sanctions.
Ivanka Trump took the president’s place at a G20 meeting, an event that raised eyebrows and drew a sharp rebuke from Chelsea Clinton.
Nikki Haley told the Security Council that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution.”
“We’re starting to see serious instability in Venezuela,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters after the closed-door Security Council meeting, which was requested by the US.
The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley met her Indian counterpart Syed Akbaruddin to discuss measures to strengthen partnership at the UN.
Trump has said the US share of UN budgets was “unfair” and has proposed an unspecified reduction in funding for the world body and its agencies.
Haley’s brief speech fell short of introducing innovations to confront rights violations or prevent them in places such as Syria, Burundi and Myanmar.
At the same time, a broad campaign against UN peacekeeping is also being waged in the Security Council by ambassador Nikki Haley.
Men of violence are in command in the US and now call the shots in the world’s major ‘trouble spots,’ with diplomacy slowly slipping out of sight.
Polarisation over Kashmir and Jadhav, and the rise of rhetoric in India and Pakistan, only serves to feed into the narrative of aggressive nationalism that’s taken centre stage in India’s political discourse.
Russia continues to side with Syria as the country’s government and diplomats deny any involvement in the deadly sarin gas attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun.
The UN chief has a tough task ahead, especially with Donald Trump at the helm in the US.
Russia says the chemicals that killed civilians last week belonged to rebels, not Assad’s government, and accused the US of illegal aggression on a false pretext.
Former colonial power France intervened in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who seized northern Mali the year before.
Moscow offered an alternative explanation: that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.
Western countries blamed Syrian armed forces for the recent gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area of Idliib.
The external affairs ministry has reacted predictably by dismissing Nikki Haley’s claim that the US will “find its place” in talks between India and Pakistan.