UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in the
disputed region of Abyei along the border of Sudan and South
Sudan apprehended someone claiming to be a Sudanese intelligence
officer after a deadly attack last month, the U.N. chief said in
a new report.
The ownership of Abyei, which has rich pastureland and small
oil reserves, was left undecided when South Sudan declared
independence from Sudan in 2011. It remains one of the biggest
potential flashpoints between the two countries, who have also
argued over oil rights and other disputed territories.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.
The existence of such a network could add to Western concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.
UNITED NATIONS, April 30 (Reuters) – Britain has informed a
United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear
procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according
to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.
The existence of such a network could add to Western
concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a
nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict
sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.
NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister on
Wednesday suggested that an intelligence operative, possibly
linked to the U.S. government, may have taken advantage of
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been charged
in Iran with espionage and other crimes.
“The fact is there are people who take advantage of the
needs of some people who try to get a visa to come to the United
States or for their wives to come to the United States and make
demands that are illegal and dangerous and damaging to the
professionalism of a journalist,” said Iran’s Mohammad Javad
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Western and Arab demands for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fueled years of unnecessary bloodshed as they have prevented negotiations on a political settlement, Iran’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, also rejected suggestions that Islamic State militants have been able to attract new recruits because of abuses by Assad’s military in the four-year-long civil war.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister on Wednesday offered assurances that Tehran is committed to maintaining freedom of navigation in the Gulf in the aftermath of the seizure of a commercial ship by Iranian forces a day earlier.
“The Persian Gulf is our lifeline … We will respect international navigation,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told an audience at New York University. “For us, freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf is a must.”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Austria on Tuesday called for banning nuclear weapons because of their catastrophic humanitarian effects, an initiative it said now has the backing of 159 countries.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was speaking at the five-year review conference of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The European Union’s top diplomat on Tuesday voiced the hope that Iran would play an important but constructive role in a renewed United Nations push to restart negotiations aimed at ending the four-year civil war in Syria.
The U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said he will begin meeting in May with the country’s government, opposition groups and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war.
UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council renewed for another year the U.N. peacekeeping
mission in the disputed North African territory of Western
Sahara but failed to accept African Union recommendations for
changes to the force’s mandate.
The 15-nation council unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted
resolution extending the mandate for the Western Sahara mission,
known as MINURSO, until April 30, 2016.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
Kerry spoke at the United Nations on the opening day of a month-long conference taking stock of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ahead of a meeting in New York with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, their first face-to-face encounter since recent marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland.