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Oct 12, 2013

Exclusive – U.S. quietly observes coup law on Egypt aid, but shuns term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite withholding most military aid to Egypt until it makes progress on democracy and human rights, the U.S. government is still tying itself in knots over whether to describe July’s army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi as a “coup.”

The administration’s latest rhetorical gymnastics came to light when U.S. officials briefed Congress this week on their decision to withhold deliveries of fighter planes, tanks, helicopters and missiles – as well as $260 million in budget aid to Egypt.

Oct 9, 2013

U.S. withholds military, economic aid for Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as cash assistance from Egypt’s military-backed government pending progress on democracy and human rights.

The decision, described by senior U.S. officials and a congressional source, is a signal of U.S. unhappiness with the course that Egypt has taken since its army on July 3 ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi.

Oct 9, 2013

U.S. leans toward withholding most military aid from Egypt: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counterterrorism, security in the Sinai Peninsula that borders Israel, and other such priorities, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The official said U.S. President Barack Obama had not made a final decision on the issue, which has vexed U.S. officials as they balance a desire to be seen promoting democracy and rights with a desire to keep up some cooperation with Egypt’s military.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. hints Iran could get some sanctions relief if takes steps

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – WASHINGTON, Oct 3
(Reuters) – The United States held out the possibility on
Thursday of giving Iran some short-term sanctions relief in
return for concrete steps to slow uranium enrichment and shed
light on its nuclear program.

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S.
negotiator with Iran, also urged lawmakers to hold off imposing
additional sanctions against Iran before Oct. 15-16 when six
major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the
United States – will meet Iranian officials to negotiate over
Tehran’s nuclear program.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. looks for Iran to slow uranium enrichment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is looking for Iran to take specific steps to slow its uranium enrichment and to open a wider window into its nuclear program, a top U.S. official said on Thursday ahead of October 15-16 negotiations with Tehran.

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator with Iran, also urged U.S. lawmakers to hold off on imposing additional sanctions against Iran ahead of the talks.

Sep 27, 2013

Iran proposes fully implementing nuclear pact within a year: U.S

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran proposed carrying out an agreement to address concerns about its nuclear program within a year at talks with major powers on Thursday, a senior U.S. State Department official said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his counterparts from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States at the United Nations to discuss the nuclear issue and then stepped into a side room for one-one-one talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Sep 27, 2013

U.S., Iran voice optimism and caution after rare encounter

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran and the United States held their highest-level substantive talks in a generation on Thursday, saying the tone was positive but sounding cautious about resolving the long-running standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met after Zarif held wider talks with the United States and other major powers to address Western suspicions that Iran may be trying to develop atomic weapons.

Sep 26, 2013

Iran, U.S., other powers open nuclear talks; Kerry aims to keep up pressure

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran’s new government began its first talks on its nuclear program with the United States and five other world powers on Thursday, with the Iranian foreign minister taking a seat next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a rare high-level contact between the two long-estranged nations.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went into talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly with Kerry as well as counterparts from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany at a session aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Sep 26, 2013

U.S., China want quick, binding U.N. resolution on Syria, U.S. says

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The United States and
China strongly agree on the need for the U.N. Security Council
to quickly adopt a binding resolution on eradicating Syria’s
chemical weapons arsenal, a senior U.S. official said on
Thursday in remarks that appeared aimed at putting pressure on
Russia to accept the measure.

Russia appeared unswayed. When asked if diplomats were close
to a deal on a Syria resolution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations, “Russia’s very
close, the U.S. is not.”

Sep 26, 2013

Kerry aims to boost support for U.S. stance in nuclear meeting with Iran

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster international support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers set for Thursday even as Iran’s new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations.

The meeting in New York involves a very rare encounter between top officials of the United States and Iran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with Kerry as well as diplomats from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany at a session aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

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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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