The U.S. wants to change the regime in Iran, while Europe simply seeks to reform the regime's behavior. But the two parties are closer on some issues than you'd think.
Vladimir Putin's government has already taken steps to protect the Russian economy against such "racketeering attacks," Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said.
"It really seems to be getting toward quite a grand scheme," legal expert Harry Litman said, "where officials are feathering their nests."
"It's convenient for them to let the country continue enduring this absurd crisis," an aid worker said.
"Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has told the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to kill me," the embattled South American leader said.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro refused to submit to what he called "imperialist" international demands for a new election amid his power struggle with opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
"We continue to assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device," Dan Coats said.
"The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens" in the country, the advisory warned.
China said, "History has taught us that external interference or sanctions, instead of helping solve problems, can only complicate matters."
"In the face of any aggression, of any nature and intensity, we will defend Venezuela, as it belongs to us," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who is standing by embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
White House national security adviser warned of a "significant response" to any harm that came to U.S. citizens at the hands of Venezuela.
The State Department is not saying when it will implement the sanctions, noting that there is no deadline in the law for imposing them.
"The Treasury Department seems to be doing its damnedest to help a Russian oligarch by relieving sanctions, hiding the evidence and duping the Senate in the process," John Avlon said.
"It definitely rattled people," a former senior U.S. administration official told The Wall Street Journal. "People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran."
"The Americans happily say that these sanctions are unprecedented in history. Yes, they're unprecedented. And the defeat that the Americans will face will be unprecedented, God willing," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Trump's style of dealmaking is leading to some questionable policy decisions.
North Korean Organization and Guidance Department Director Choe Ryong Hae, often described as Kim Jong Un's second-in-command, was included in the new U.S. sanctions.
Although the context of Meng Wanzhou's arrest is alleged violation of the sanction on Iran, U.S. unease with the Chinese company runs much deeper—and a constructive resolution of the trade war has just become a lot less likely.