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Jun 28, 2015

Factbox: A guide to nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – are in what may be the final phase of negotiations aimed at securing a deal on sanctions relief in exchange for limits on Iranian nuclear activities.

The six powers have a June 30 deadline but diplomats close to the talks expect that to slip.

Jun 28, 2015

A guide to nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers

VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers – the
United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – are
in what may be the final phase of negotiations aimed at securing
a deal on sanctions relief in exchange for limits on Iranian
nuclear activities.

The six powers have a June 30 deadline but diplomats close
to the talks expect that to slip.

Jun 28, 2015

EU’s Mogherini says “not impossible” to get Iran nuclear deal

PARIS (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday it was not impossible to get a deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program but said tough days lay ahead as a self-imposed June 30 deadline nears.

France’s foreign minister said on Saturday an accord remained elusive due to disagreements over fundamental issues, while the U.S. and Iranian top diplomats said hard work was still needed for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences.

Jun 26, 2015

Big hurdles to Iran nuclear deal as deadline looms

VIENNA, June 26 (Reuters) – As a June 30 deadline for a
final nuclear deal approaches, major differences remain between
Iran and world powers on several key issues including sanctions
relief and U.N. access to Iranian sites, a senior Western
diplomat said on Friday.

“The most difficult subjects need to be resolved in the
coming days,” the diplomat told reporters on condition of
anonymity in the Austrian capital, where talks between the
United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran
have entered their final phase.

Jun 25, 2015

Exclusive: Kerry tells Iran foreign minister ‘the past does matter’ – sources

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran’s foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.

The telephone calls came after Kerry raised eyebrows among some Western officials by saying the U.S. was “not fixated” on any past Iranian work, about which it already had “absolute knowledge,” and was looking to the future instead.

Jun 25, 2015

Kerry tells Iran foreign minister “the past does matter” -sources

VIENNA, June 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry telephoned Iran’s foreign minister in recent days to tell
him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past
atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal,
officials said.

The telephone calls came after Kerry raised eyebrows among
some Western officials by saying the U.S. was “not fixated” on
any past Iranian work, about which it already had “absolute
knowledge,” and was looking to the future instead.
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Jun 19, 2015

Not the time to pull peacekeepers from Darfur: U.S. envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Now is not the time to withdraw international peacekeepers from Sudan’s Darfur region, where violence is increasing and tens of thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Friday.

Khartoum has called for the joint United Nations-African Union force in the remote region of western Sudan to withdraw. The mission, known as UNAMID, has been targeted by armed groups while Western governments have accused it of not doing enough to protect civilians.

Jun 19, 2015

Despite obstacles, chances grow for final Iran nuclear deal

NEW YORK/ANKARA/PARIS (Reuters) – Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And U.S. President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a skeptical Congress.

    Despite those and other obstacles, negotiators appear increasingly likely to clinch an historic deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade in exchange for relief from sanctions, Western and Iranian officials said.

Jun 18, 2015

Israel accuses U.N. children’s rights envoy of ‘improper conduct’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel has accused a senior U.N. official of misconduct in preparing a report that harshly criticized the Israeli army over the 2014 Gaza war while leaving it off a blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights in conflict.

The U.N. Security Council will hold a public debate on Thursday to discuss the latest United Nations report on children and armed conflict.

Jun 16, 2015

U.S. ‘not fixated’ on Iran answering queries on atomic work: Kerry

By Louis Charbonneau

(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday suggested that Washington would not insist that Iran answer unresolved questions about its past nuclear activities because the United States already knows exactly what Tehran has done.

U.S. officials have previously said Iran must answer a set of queries the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has about past Iranian activities that may have been related to atomic weapons research and that some sanctions relief under a possible nuclear deal would depend on resolving those questions.

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