WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an “entirely preventable” government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.
With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House prepared to put in place a skeleton staff on Tuesday to operate essential functions like the National Security Council. Many staff were preparing for furloughs of uncertain length.
White House says #Obama still plans to go to Asia at the end of this week
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday
to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them
if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round
of negotiations with the West.
Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic
engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity
with actions, not just words, and vowed to keep all options on
the table, including the possibility of a military response.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries in three decades and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Obama, who pledged as a presidential candidate in 2007 his willingness to have direct contact with U.S. adversaries, had hoped to cross paths with Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly, but the Iranian side decided an encounter was too complicated.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone on Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran’s nuclear program.
Obama had hoped to meet with Rouhani earlier this week while both men were in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, but Iran decided a meeting would be too complicated.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday a U.N. Security Council draft resolution brokered by the United States and Russia that would demand Syria give up its chemical arms was “a potentially huge victory for the international community.”
The resolution, agreed on Thursday, would not threaten military force if Syria fails to comply.
White House says #Obama was not disappointed that Iran’s Rouhani declined meeting, is still open to one in the future.
#Obama has boarded Air Force One and is heading back to DC after two days in New York
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday cautiously embraced overtures from Iran’s new president as the basis for a possible nuclear deal, but a failed effort to arrange a simple handshake between the two leaders underscored entrenched distrust that will be hard to overcome.
In a speech to the United Nations, Obama said he was determined to test President Hassan Rouhani’s recent diplomatic gestures and challenged him to take concrete steps toward resolving Iran’s long-running nuclear dispute with the West.