Demanding EU allies follow suit, US reimposes sanctions on Tehran after the Trump administration's unilateral weekend declaration that all UN penalties that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal have been restored.
"The memorandum of understanding will not serve peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean and will damage the solution of the Cyprus problem," Turkey's Foreign Ministry has said.
It is not clear how many millions of dollars in aid are being affected, or for how long but a congressional source said the US has decided to cut $100 million in aid.
The US move comes a day after it pushed for restoration of UN sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, arguing Tehran was in violation of a nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 even though Washington itself abandoned the agreement.
Washington will do everything it can to enforce UN sanctions on Iran if they are violated, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following the US move to restore all UN sanctions on Iran.
Washington has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other top officials, prompting a sharp rebuke from Beijing.
As well as Carrie Lam, the sanctions target Hong Kong Police commissioner Chris Tang and his predecessor Stephen Lo; John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong's secretary of security, and Teresa Cheng, the justice secretary.
Former Department of State inspector general Steve Linick has accused top department officials of bullying him and trying to dissuade his office from conducting a review of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia before he was fired.
US says Chinese claims to offshore resources across most of the contentious sea are "completely unlawful". Beijing says Washington is trying to sow discord.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the officials who were targeted were "responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy," which Beijing promised before regaining control of the territory in 1997.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement comes amid a steady downward spiral in China-US ties and a tense China-India border stand-off in disputed Kashmir.
The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week.
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