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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.

Sep 20, 2013

Analysis: 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.

Sep 19, 2013

Putin sees hope in Syria deal; Kerry says it’s vital U.N. acts

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Russian President
Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he could not be 100 percent
certain a U.S.-Russian plan for the destruction of Syrian
chemical arms would be carried out successfully, but he saw
reason to hope it would.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was essential the
deal reached last Saturday be enforced and that the U.N.
Security Council be willing to act on it next week, when the
U.N. General Assembly holds its annual meeting in New York.

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.

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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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