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Sep 1, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

Jul 15, 2015

Analysis – U.S., Iran finesse inspections of military sites in nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran finessed how U.N. inspectors will get access to Iranian military sites in Tuesday’s nuclear agreement, with a formula that gives the United Nations strong inspection powers while allowing Tehran to save face.

Deep in the deal’s details is a procedure under which Iran would have to provide access to suspect sites, including at its military facilities, within 24 days. If Iran refused, it would face the possibility of U.N. sanctions being slapped back on it.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S., Iran finesse inspections of military sites in nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran finessed how U.N. inspectors will get access to Iranian military sites in Tuesday’s nuclear agreement, with a formula that gives the United Nations strong inspection powers while allowing Tehran to save face.

Deep in the deal’s details is a procedure under which Iran would have to provide access to suspect sites, including at its military facilities, within 24 days. If Iran refused, it would face the possibility of U.N. sanctions being slapped back on it.

Jul 15, 2015

Infuriating patience pays off for Kerry and Zarif on Iran deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – In a stunning tweet on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared: “#IranDeal is the victory of diplomacy & mutual respect”.

Except that it wasn’t. The latest round of ministerial negotiations between Iran and six world powers on curbing Iran’s nuclear program were still in full swing, 17 days in, and Rouhani had jumped the gun. The tweet was deleted.

Jul 14, 2015

Draft nuclear deal calls for access to all Iranian sites: source

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. inspectors would have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military ones, under a draft nuclear deal that six major powers and Iran are working to finalize on Tuesday, a diplomatic source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the U.N. access would be based on consultations between the six powers and Iran under the draft deal, which would impose limits on the Iranian nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.

Jul 14, 2015

Exclusive: Draft deal calls for U.N. access to all Iran sites – source

VIENNA (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday.

    The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N. Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including Iranian limitations on its nuclear program and relief from sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of 2016.

Jul 14, 2015

Draft deal calls for UN access to all Iran sites -source

VIENNA, July 14 (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between
Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have
access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based
on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic
source said on Tuesday.

The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N.
Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this
month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including
Iranian limitations on its nuclear programme and relief from
sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of
2016.

Jul 13, 2015

Iran, powers nearing nuclear deal, no agreement seen before Monday

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down a historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic programme, but the Iranian foreign minister said no agreement would be announced on Sunday.

After more than two weeks of negotiations in Vienna, Iranian and Western officials said the earliest an agreement could be ready was Monday, the self-imposed deadline for clinching a deal, though that could be extended again.

Jul 12, 2015

Iran, big powers close to historic deal but sticky issues remain

VIENNA (Reuters) – After more than two weeks of marathon negotiations, Iran and six world powers appeared close to a historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic program, diplomats said on Sunday.

But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that some difficult issues remained on the 16th day of ministerial negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Jul 10, 2015

Iran, powers give themselves to Monday for nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the West of throwing up new stumbling blocks to a deal.

Both sides say there has been progress in two weeks of talks, but British Secretary Philip Hammond called it “painfully slow” and he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, left Vienna saying they would return on Saturday.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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