GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow big power foreign ministers headed to Geneva on Friday to help clinch an interim nuclear deal with Iran and ease a decade-old standoff, with Israel warning they were making an epic mistake.
Diplomats said a breakthrough at this week’s negotiations remained uncertain and would in any case mark only the first step in a long, complex process towards a permanent resolution of Iran’s dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers appeared to be edging towards a preliminary deal on its nuclear activity on Thursday, citing progress in talks capitalising on a diplomatic opening from Tehran, though it cautioned that the discussions were “tough”.
The United States said the powers would consider relaxing some sanctions against Iran if it takes verifiable steps to limit its nuclear programme – a long elusive compromise that could reduce the risk of another Middle East war.
GENEVA (Reuters) – World powers will seek to hammer out a breakthrough deal with Iran to start resolving a decade-old dispute over its nuclear program in two-day talks that begin on Thursday, though both sides say an agreement is far from certain.
The United States and its allies say they are encouraged by Tehran’s shift to friendlier rhetoric after years of hostility since the June election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to repair ties with the West and win sanctions relief.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is in advanced discussions with the International Monetary Fund on providing standby financing to Ukraine should the country come under economic pressure from Russia later this year, senior EU officials have told Reuters.
Ukraine is expected to sign a free trade and association agreement with the European Union at a summit in Lithuania on November 28-29, as long as it meets remaining conditions, including releasing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.
BRUSSELS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The European Union is in
advanced discussions with the International Monetary Fund on
providing standby financing to Ukraine should the country come
under economic pressure from Russia later this year, senior EU
officials have told Reuters.
Ukraine is expected to sign a free trade and association
agreement with the European Union at a summit in Lithuania on
Nov. 28-29, as long as it meets remaining conditions, including
releasing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Experts from Iran and six world powers will meet in Vienna on October 30-31 to prepare the next round of high-level talks on the contested Iranian nuclear program with hopes of a breakthrough rising thanks to a diplomatic opening from Tehran.
Western diplomats say the meeting, scheduled to take place a week before the next round of negotiations in Geneva in November, could be instrumental in defining the contours of any preliminary agreement on Iran’s uranium enrichment campaign.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters.
EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed “deep sadness” at the drownings, which have killed up to 550 migrants this month alone, but postponed any new action until December.
BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – European governments have taken
preliminary steps to re-impose sanctions against Iran’s main
cargo shipping line, potentially complicating a new diplomatic
push to settle the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Diplomats told Reuters the governments had agreed this week
to send letters to Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines
(IRISL) and some of its subsidiaries to inform them of their
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will launch a new round of accession talks with Turkey next month following a three-year hiatus after Germany dropped opposition prompted by Ankara’s crackdown on street protests.
Turkey began negotiations to join the EU in 2005, 18 years after applying, but a series of political obstacles, notably over Cyprus and resistance to Turkish membership in Germany and France, have slowed progress.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran has indicated a readiness to scale back its most sensitive nuclear activity in a clear signal that it is willing to compromise with the West to win relief from harsh economic sanctions, diplomats said on Wednesday.
But the details of Iran’s proposals, put forward during negotiations with six world powers in Geneva, have not been made public, and Western officials were cautious whether the Islamic state was willing to go far enough to nail down a deal.