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Jun 16, 2014

U.S., Iran discuss Iraq on sidelines of nuclear talks: sources

WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. and Iranian officials discussed the crisis in Iraq on the sidelines of separate negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.

Jun 16, 2014

Exclusive – U.S., Iran discuss Iraq on sidelines of nuclear talks: sources

WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. and Iranian officials discussed the crisis in Iraq on the sidelines of separate negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.

Jun 12, 2014

Insight – Why higher Iran oil exports are not roiling nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal’s ambiguous limits.

Iran’s higher exports reflect its exploitation of a loophole in U.S. law that allows its customers to buy condensates, a very light oil, without fear of U.S. sanctions. Rising gifts of crude oil to Syria are not covered by the deal.

Jun 12, 2014

Why higher Iran oil exports are not roiling nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal’s ambiguous limits.

Iran’s higher exports reflect its exploitation of a loophole in U.S. law that allows its customers to buy condensates, a very light oil, without fear of U.S. sanctions. Rising gifts of crude oil to Syria are not covered by the deal.

Jun 8, 2014

American, Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday – U.S.

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States said on Saturday it will send its No. 2 diplomat to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday in what appeared an effort to break a logjam in wider negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret U.S.-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about a Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, will head a U.S. delegation. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the primary U.S. negotiator with Iran, will accompany him on a team that will include senior White House national security staff.

Jun 7, 2014

Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday in Geneva – U.S

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Senior American and Iranian officials will meet on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday, in an apparent bid to break a logjam in wider nuclear negotiations that resume later this month.

    The U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who conducted the secret negotiations that helped bring about the Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers. It will also include the senior U.S. negotiator with Iran, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

Jun 7, 2014

Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet June 9-10 in Geneva: U.S.

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – American and Iranian officials will meet on Monday and Tuesday for talks before the next round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday.

The U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who conducted the secret negotiations that helped bring about the Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers. It will also include the senior U.S. negotiator with Iran, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

May 25, 2014

Obama upbeat on Ukraine vote, but Russia’s stance seen pivotal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama suggested on Sunday that Ukraine’s election may help unify the country, but analysts said that would depend largely on Moscow’s influence and Kiev’s ability to deal with daunting domestic challenges.

“The Ukrainian people have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to choose their leaders without interference and to live in a democracy where they can determine their own future free of violence and intimidation,” Obama said in a clear allusion to Russian efforts to shape events in Ukraine.

May 22, 2014

Thai coup draws swift condemnation; U.S. says reviewing aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The military takeover in Thailand drew swift international condemnation on Thursday, with the United States saying it was reviewing its military aid and other dealings with its closest ally in Southeast Asia.

Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized control of the government two days after he declared martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil.

May 9, 2014

U.S. faults both sides for collapse of Israeli-Palestinian talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian leaders were unwilling to make the “gut-wrenching” compromises needed for peace, a top U.S. official said on Thursday, faulting both sides for the collapse of talks last month.

Offering his first public account of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed, nine-month effort to strike a peace deal by April 29, U.S. special envoy Martin Indyk made clear there was blame on both sides, citing Israeli settlement-building as well as the Palestinians’ signing of 15 international conventions.

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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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