In the news wrap Tuesday, the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on the head of Iran's central bank, saying he had funneled millions of dollars to the militant group Hezbollah. Also, South Korean media reported that North Korea has threatened to cancel next month's meeting with President Trump, and suspended a high-level summit with the South hours before it was set to begin.
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In the day’s other news, the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on the head of Iran’s Central Bank today. It said the bank’s chief had funneled millions of dollars to the militant group Hezbollah. It’s the latest move cracking down on Iran after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal last week.
As the sanctions were announced, Iran’s foreign minister told European officials in Brussels that Tehran must profit from the deal if it’s going to remain.
Mohammad Javad Zarif:
We are starting a process, a process that needs to be very intensive, and we don’t have a lot of time. We need to reach some sort of guarantee that these benefits can be guaranteed for Iran.
The European Union’s policy chief said they’d left the meeting with a blueprint to continue efforts to save the nuclear deal.
North Korea has reportedly threatened to cancel next month’s meeting with President Trump, and suspended a summit with the South just hours before it was set to begin.
North Korean state media blamed joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, saying the drills were — quote — “a provocation.”
A State Department spokeswoman said she wasn’t aware of any change in plans.
We are operating under the idea and the notion that the president’s meeting is going forward with Chairman Kim next month.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the U.S. will, “Look at what North Korea has said independently and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”
Back in this country, the woman nominated by President Trump to be CIA director now appears to have enough support to be confirmed. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Mark Warner, and others had raised concerns over Gina Haspel’s role in the CIA’s harsh interrogation tactics, including torture of detainees, after 9/11.
Today, Warner said he will vote yes after Haspel wrote in a letter to him that the program should have never taken place. She had refused to make such a condemnation during her Senate confirmation hearing last week.
Facebook shed new light on its efforts to remove fake or offensive material, the first time it’s made such details public. The social network said it deleted over 865 million posts in the first three months of 2018, mostly spam. It took down 583 million fake accounts in the same period.
There was room for improvement when it came to flagging hate speech. Facebook had caught only a little of a third of such posts before users did.
And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 193 points to close at 24706. The Nasdaq fell 59 points. And the S&P 500 dropped 18.
And New Journalism’s pioneer, Tom Wolfe, died today at the age of 88. Starting in the 1960s, his vivid writing captured American culture in groundbreaking nonfiction, like “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” and novels like “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
We will have more on Wolfe’s work and influence later in the show.
Still to come on the “NewsHour,” life inside Gaza, where harsh conditions have contributed to deadly protests; pairing first-generation college students with mentors who have been in their shoes; and much more.