BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – When U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry wrapped his arm around Catherine Ashton as they
boarded his plane on Sunday after they clinched a breakthrough
nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, it capped a turnaround in her
career as Europe’s top diplomat.
Insiders say Ashton, a one-time second-tier British
politician whose surprise elevation to European Union foreign
policy chief in 2009 was greeted with condescension, managed to
exceed expectations as shepherd of the six global powers that
agreed with Iran on Sunday to curb its nuclear programme.
GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme
in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start
of a game-changing rapprochement that could ease the risk of a
wider Middle East war.
Aimed at ending a long festering standoff, the interim pact
between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain,
China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian
clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.
The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.
GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Iran and
six world powers laboured on Saturday to overcome remaining
difficulties and clinch a breakthrough deal aimed at allaying
Western suspicions over Tehran’s atomic ambitions.
With the sides edging closer, U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other nations joined the
talks with Iran as they entered an unscheduled fourth day.
GENEVA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Big powers resumed talks on
Wednesday on a preliminary agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear
programme with the United States warning it would be “very hard”
to clinch a breakthrough deal this week and Tehran citing “red
Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider
Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France,
Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from
Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions
relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.
GENEVA (Reuters) – World powers aim to clinch a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war.
The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came tantalizingly close to winning concessions from Iran on the scope of its nuclear work in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in the Swiss city on November 7-9.
BRUSSELS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The European Union urged
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to intervene personally to
end a stand-off over jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
that is threatening to derail plans to sign an EU-Ukraine trade
With less than two weeks to go before the agreement is due
to be signed at a summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, EU
foreign ministers made clear Ukraine had not yet done enough to
meet the conditions the bloc has laid down for signing.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union envoys will make another attempt this week to break a deadlock over jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko that has jeopardized plans by the EU and Ukraine to sign a landmark trade and cooperation deal.
The envoys, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Irish politician Pat Cox, will return to Kiev for a session of parliament on Tuesday that will try again to pass a law allowing the 52-year-old Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment of her chronic back pain.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will re-impose asset freezes on several Iranian companies, annulled this year by court order, even as world powers appear close to a breakthrough deal with Tehran over its contested nuclear program.
EU diplomats said the move was to re-establish sanctions already imposed, rather than increasing pressure on Iran. Any new sanctions could risk scuppering a deal that global powers hope to reach with Iran at talks that start next Wednesday.
KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament failed on Wednesday to agree on a draft law allowing jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment, clouding prospects for signing landmark agreements with the European Union this month.
Germany warned that with the Vilnius summit only two weeks away, time was running out for Kiev to settle the case of Tymoshenko. Summit host Lithuania said there would be no success unless Ukraine produced “results”.