MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday rejected as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.
“Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Fars.
MONTREAUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia’s interest, despite the country’s fears it may boost its rival’s support for Shi’ite Muslim interests in the region.
Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut Iran nuclear negotiations that resume on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case against his diplomacy before the U.S. Congress.
Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were to meet in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux for up to three days of negotiations about restraining the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading.
Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of talks with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a deal to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions on Tehran. The talks will be held in Montreux.
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Talks on curbing Iran’s
nuclear program have made substantial progress, a senior U.S.
official said on Friday as the White House braced for an
onslaught of criticism next week from Israeli Prime Minister
The official told reporters many hurdles remained to
reaching an agreement to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in
exchange for easing economic sanctions and said he did not
expect one to be reached next week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States held a second round of talks on Friday toward normalizing ties, and both sides said they made good progress, although they did not set a date for renewal of diplomatic relations that Washington severed 54 years ago.
Going into the talks, Communist-ruled Cuba pushed to be removed from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. But Washington said that while it was reviewing Cuba’s place on the list, the designation should not be linked to the negotiations on renewing relations and opening embassies.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union are unlikely to widen economic sanctions on Russia if a tentative ceasefire emerging in eastern Ukraine takes hold, Western diplomats said on Friday.
Despite repeatedly saying that new U.S. or EU sanctions on Russia as well as U.S. lethal assistance for Ukraine remain on the table, neither Europe nor the United States would be eager to go forward if this week’s fragile calm is sustained, they added.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuban and U.S. officials met in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations amid friction over Cuba’s place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
The one-day talks stem from the decision announced by the two Cold War era foes on Dec. 17 to work to normalize relations, including opening embassies in each other’s countries, and to exchange prisoners. Washington severed diplomatic relations with Cuba 54 years ago.
WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.
In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on the threat from Iran, the Israeli leader accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is reconsidering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, senior administration officials said on Monday, but that no decision had been made.
“It’s getting a fresh look,” a senior administration official said of deliberations among Obama administration officials whether to send defensive weapons to prop up Ukrainian forces. “Where things will end up, we don’t know.”