National Security Advisor says US is preparing more Sanctions against North Korea

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • U.S. Preparing More Sanctions on North Korea, Sullivan Says
  • U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says the United States is working a new round of sanctions against North Korea
  • As Pyongyang forges ahead with banned missile development and signals a possible new nuclear test.
  • North Korea has said denuclearization is off the table, and accused the United States and its allies of pursing “hostile” policies, including sanctions, that have left it no choice but to expand its military.
  • Decades of U.S.-led sanctions have not halted North Korea’s increasingly sophisticated missile and nuclear weapon programs, and China and Russia have blocked recent efforts to impose more United Nations sanctions

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Putin says Sanctions have backfired and are a danger to the entire world

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Putin mocks the West, says Russia is gaining from the Ukraine conflict and will press on
  • “I’m sure that we haven’t lost anything and we won’t lose anything,” he told an annual economic forum in Russia’s far-eastern port city of Vladivostok. “The most important gain is the strengthening of our sovereignty, it’s an inevitable result of what’s going on.”
  • He added that the economic and financial situation in Russia had stabilized, consumer prices inflation had slowed down and unemployment has remained low.
  • “Everything unnecessary, harmful and everything that keeps us from moving forward will be abandoned,” he said, adding that Western sanctions were “a danger to the entire world.”
  • Taking aim at foreign corporations that have pulled out of Russia since the invasion, Putin said that many European companies were now folding because of their choice to leave.
  • He added that Western attempts to cap prices for Russian oil and gas were “stupid” and Moscow will have enough customers in Asia.

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Moscow reaches out to Tehran amid stiff sanctions

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • What Putin wants from Iran and why Tehran might be cautious
  • “Russia deepening an alliance with Iran to kill Ukrainians is something that the whole world should look at and see as a profound threat,” U.S. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan said
  • S. officials have said Iran is preparing to help supply Russia with several hundred unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, including some that are capable of firing weapons
  • “Beyond supplying UAVs Iran can also help Russia evade sanctions and potentially collaborate on the manufacture of weapons systems that are less dependent upon supply chains through Western countries,” he said.

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Could Russia demand US return Alaska? Official warns judge not lest you be judged

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Top Russian Official’s Crazed Threat: Alaska Takeover Could Be Next
  • Russia’s lower house speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, warned the United States ought to hesitate when seizing or freezing Russian assets abroad, and instead ought to remember that Alaska previously belonged to Russia.
  • “Let America always remember, there is a part of [Russian] territory: Alaska,” Volodin said, according to Hromadske. “So when they start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, before they do it, let them think: we also have something to return.”
  • Medvedev suggested the United States hasn’t been held accountable for several bloody encounters and territorial grabs itself, and that it would do well to not look at Russia before examining its own history.
  • “The entire U.S. history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars,” Medvedev said. “The U.S. and its useless stooges should remember the words of the Bible: Do not judge and you will not be judged… so that the great day of His wrath doesn’t come to their home one day.”

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Moscow now defaulting on Foreign Debt. Has not happened since 1918

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia defaults on foreign debt for first time since 1918 following sanctions
  • The default signals the first of its kind since 1918, although Russia has called it artificial because it can afford to pay its debts, but sanctions have frozen its foreign currency reserves held abroad.
  • The Russian Finance Ministry then said it would pay dollar-denominated debts in rubles and offer “the opportunity for subsequent conversion into the original currency.”
  • The country owes around $40 billion in foreign bonds, about half of that is owed to foreigners.

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Russia presses forward in a New Phase as US Sanctions fail to bring end to War

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • US Sanctions Fall Short of Halting Russian War Machine as Ukraine War Enters New Phase
  • “When the Biden administration announced sanctions on the 24th of February, they specifically said, in fact, the president himself tweeted, that their goal was to reduce the ‘ruble to rubble.’ Unfortunately, as we’ve seen today with the ruble trading at higher levels against the dollar since before the attack, by their own metric, the Biden administration has failed,” said Marshall Billingslea, former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the Treasury Department
  • As the fighting in Ukraine again escalates, the Biden administration says it’s committed to raising pressure on Russia.
  • Many observers are asking, however, will it be enough?

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U.S. Treasury targets Russian Aerospace, Marine and Electronic sectors in new Sanctions

Revelations 6:3-4 “ when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Treasury hits Russia with new sanctions targeting evasion networks, tech
  • The U.S. also expanded its ability to sanction the aerospace, marine and electronics sectors.
  • The sanctions, which follow penalties on Russia’s defense industry last week, are part of a broader administration effort to restrict the country’s access to resources it needs to supply and finance its invasion of Ukraine, the Treasury Department said.
  • Among the sanctioned firms is Moscow-based OOO Serniya Engineering, which the Treasury said is at the center of an illicit network operating under the direction of Russia’s intelligence service to help evade sanctions.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. “We will continue to target Putin’s war machine with sanctions from every angle, until this senseless war of choice is over.”

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Russia goes to Gold Standard to avoid Sanctions

Rev 6:6 NAS And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia sets fixed gold price as it restarts official bullion purchases
  • Starting this week, the Russian central bank will pay a fixed price of 5,000 rubles ($52) per gram between March 28 and June 30, the bank said on Friday. This is below the current market value of around $68.
  • Gainesville Coins precious metals expert Everett Millman told Kitco News “Setting a fixed price for rubles per gram of gold seems to be the intention. That’s pretty important when it comes to how Russia could seek funding and manage its central bank financing outside of the U.S. dollar system.”
  • Gold is one of the most logical international currencies to use when you are trying to get around sanctions, Millman added.
  • Last week, the U.S. Treasury banned all gold transactions with Russia’s central bank.

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A Cyber-Attack on Any Critical Infrastructure could be Serious

Important Takeaways:

  • On the heels of sanctions, threats of cyber-attacks loom
  • Officials have been warning Americans of potential Russian cyber -attacks in retaliation to US imposed sanctions.
  • Cyber-attacks could include the targeting of critical infrastructure, pointing to the 2021 Colonial pipeline hack.
  • Brown said other crucial sectors that could also be targeted are those such as the financial sector, as banks have been preparing for cyber-attacks.
  • Mark Kleene, owner of MVK Financial Planning agreed, saying that having a cash [on hand] position wouldn’t hurt…

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Steve Gray: Beijing will be Primary Beneficiary of Russia Sanctions

Matthew 24:6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”

Important Takeaways:

  • China is ‘big winner’ of Russia-Ukraine war, former FBI agent who worked in China warns
  • “They’ll be the primary beneficiary of the sanctions against Russia, the yen will benefit from the decline of the ruble, and they have been given a case study of what the world’s response would look like if they were to invade Taiwan.”
  • “It would not be surprising at all to learn that this is shaping up exactly as China planned,” Gray, who spent 10 years working as a supervisory special agent focused on China and North Korea, added.
  • “From my experience as an FBI supervisory special agent working on China and North Korea, I know that the Chinese Communist Party is perpetually and patiently planning to take our place as global leaders,” he warned. “As Americans, we need to be cognizant of this threat.”
  • Although European countries have joined the U.S. in imposing hefty sanctions on Russia amid the Ukraine war, they have mostly spared Russia’s energy industry of such economic warfare, because much of Europe is dependent on Russia for energy.

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