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Sep 16, 2013

Sudan president seeks U.S. visa for U.N. visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States condemned on Monday the president of Sudan’s application for a U.S. visa to attend a U.N. meeting next week, saying he should face charges of war crimes and genocide at the International Criminal Court.

Omar Hassan al-Bashir, accused of masterminding genocide and other crimes during a conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region in which some 200,000 people were killed, has sought a visa to attend next week’s opening of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Sep 12, 2013

Satellite image suggests North Korea has restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor: U.S. group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite imagery suggests North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute and a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from August 31 shows white steam rising from a building near the hall that houses the plutonium production reactor’s steam turbines and electric generators.

Sep 12, 2013

Satellite image suggests N.Korea has restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor -U.S. group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite imagery suggests North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute and a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from August 31 shows white steam rising from a building near the hall that houses the plutonium production reactor’s steam turbines and electric generators.

Sep 10, 2013

How Kerry’s off-hand remark put a deal on Syria in play

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether deft diplomacy or a rhetorical stumble, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has managed to crack open the door to a possible solution to the Syrian crisis that could get President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers out of a bind, save Syria from a bombing and cast Russia as peacemaker.

Kerry’s seemingly off-hand suggestion on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might avert a U.S. military strike if he surrendered all of his chemical weapons offered a potential escape hatch that no one had seriously proposed before – and that could end up leading nowhere.

Sep 10, 2013

Analysis: How Kerry’s off-hand remark put a deal on Syria in play

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether deft diplomacy or a rhetorical stumble, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has managed to crack open the door to a possible solution to the Syrian crisis that could get President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers out of a bind, save Syria from a bombing and cast Russia as peacemaker.

Kerry’s seemingly off-hand suggestion on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might avert a U.S. military strike if he surrendered all of his chemical weapons offered a potential escape hatch that no one had seriously proposed before – and that could end up leading nowhere.

Sep 10, 2013

Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.

But Obama, speaking in a series of television interviews, remained skeptical and pushed ahead to persuade a reluctant and divided Congress to back potential U.S. action, saying the threat of force was needed to press Syria to make concessions.

Sep 10, 2013

Russia proposes Syria chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. strike

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) – As President Barack Obama struggled to rally Congress and the American people behind military action in Syria, Russia seized on a remark by his secretary of state on Monday to say Damascus should save itself by handing over its chemical weapons.

John Kerry was quick to dismiss as hypothetical his own comment that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avert U.S. strikes by surrendering his chemical arsenal to international control. But Assad’s ally Russia quickly turned it into a firm proposal that was “welcomed” by Damascus and echoed by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.

Sep 9, 2013

Russia proposes Syria chemical weapons deal to avert war

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) – As Barack Obama struggled to rally Congress behind U.S. military action in Syria, Russia seized on a remark by his secretary of state on Monday to say Damascus should save itself by handing over chemical weapons.

John Kerry was quick to dismiss as hypothetical his own comment that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avert U.S. strikes by surrendering his chemical arsenal – but not before Assad’s ally Russia had turned it into a firm proposal that was “welcomed” by Damascus and echoed by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.

Sep 9, 2013

Kerry: Syrian surrender of chemical arms could stop U.S. attack

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. military strike by surrendering all his chemical weapons within a week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, but immediately made clear he was not making a serious offer.

President Barack Obama is seeking support from Congress for punitive military action against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack in a civil war that the United Nations says has killed at least 100,000 people.

Sep 8, 2013

U.S. leaves door open to new U.N. vote on Syria

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States left the door open on Sunday to seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution that could endorse punishing Syria for a chemical weapons attack last month and indicated Arab countries were seeking a tough response.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Arab foreign ministers, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said many were leaning toward supporting a G20 statement – already signed by 12 nations, including Saudi Arabia – that called for a strong international response following an August 21 chemical attack in Syria.

    • About Arshad

      "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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