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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.

Sep 26, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian talks to intensify, greater U.S. role

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to intensify their peace talks and to increase the U.S. role, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday in a rare comment on the negotiations.

Speaking to donors who support the Palestinian Authority, Kerry said the two sides have met seven times since the talks resumed on July 29 although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have not met.

Sep 25, 2013

Analysis: Stage is set, but Iran talks face technical, political hurdles

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Iran have set the stage for what could become their most serious contacts in a generation, but direct talks on the Iranian nuclear program are likely to be slow, difficult and fragile.

Years of sporadic negotiations between Tehran and world powers have failed to yield a deal for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from stiff international sanctions.

Sep 25, 2013

Stage is set, but Iran talks face technical, political hurdles

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Iran have set the stage for what could become their most serious contacts in a generation, but direct talks on the Iranian nuclear program are likely to be slow, difficult and fragile.

Years of sporadic negotiations between Tehran and world powers have failed to yield a deal for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from stiff international sanctions.

Sep 24, 2013

Exclusive – U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to sign Arms Trade Treaty – diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a move that puts the Obama administration at odds with the American gun lobby, will sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion international trade in conventional arms, diplomats from two countries said at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The diplomats said Kerry would sign the treaty on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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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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