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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.

Sep 24, 2013

Exclusive: 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.

Sep 23, 2013

Iran takes charm offensive to U.N., agrees to nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Iran’s new government
took its diplomatic charm offensive to the United Nations on
Monday and agreed to new talks with six world powers – including
the United States – on its nuclear program during this week’s
gathering of world leaders in New York.

That meeting with Iran’s new Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif
will involve U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which is highly
unusual given that the United States has not maintained
diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980.

Sep 20, 2013

U.S. allows Venezuelan officials to fly over United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States approved a last-minute flight plan for Venezuelan officials, the State Department said on Friday, in a move that allowed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to fly over Puerto Rico on his way to China.

Washington told Venezuela late on Thursday that permission was granted even though the request had not been properly submitted, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Sep 20, 2013

Obama may extend his hand to Iran’s Rouhani at U.N.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Next week’s U.N. General Assembly meetings will offer U.S. President Barack Obama a chance to extend a hand, both literally and figuratively, to new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The White House said on Thursday a meeting was possible, the first between U.S. and Iranian presidents since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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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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