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Mar 13, 2015

U.S. State Dept rebuffs Republican criticism of Iran nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department fought back on Friday against the latest Republican criticism of the Iran nuclear talks, saying any moves to lift U.N. sanctions if there was a deal would not limit U.S. options for future action against Tehran.

Reuters reported on Thursday that the United States and five other major powers and Iran have begun talks on a possible draft resolution to endorse any future deal and address the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

Mar 13, 2015

U.S. State Department rebuffs Republican criticism of Iran nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department fought back on Friday against the latest Republican criticism of the Iran nuclear talks, saying any moves to lift U.N. sanctions if there was a deal would not limit U.S. options for future action against Tehran.

Reuters reported on Thursday that the United States and five other major powers and Iran have begun talks on a possible draft resolution to endorse any future deal and address the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

Mar 13, 2015

Exclusive – Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran: officials

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — the five permanent members of the Security Council — plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting Iran’s nuclear ability.

Mar 12, 2015

Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran -officials

UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (Reuters) – Major world powers have
begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution
to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck
with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S.
Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the
United States – the five permanent members of the Security
Council – plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of
difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting
Iran’s nuclear ability.

Mar 12, 2015

Exclusive: Talks under way on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran – officials

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Major world powers have quietly begun talks on a U.N. Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — the five permanent members of the Security Council — plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting Tehran’s nuclear ability.

Mar 12, 2015

Talks under way on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran – officials

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Major world powers have quietly begun talks on a U.N. Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — the five permanent members of the Security Council — plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting Tehran’s nuclear ability.

Mar 11, 2015

Insight – Question marks hang over flawed Darfur peacekeeping force

ZAM ZAM CAMP, SUDAN/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – One of the world’s largest peacekeeping forces is being cut back and revamped as it has been failing to protect civilians in Darfur, the vast Sudanese region where gunmen roam in Land Cruisers and on horseback.

While diplomats and U.N. officials feel a smaller version of the joint United Nations-African Union force could be more effective, question marks over its future terrify some of the millions of people caught up in nearly 12 years of bloodshed.

Mar 11, 2015

Question marks hang over flawed Darfur peacekeeping force

ZAM ZAM CAMP, SUDAN/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – One of the world’s largest peacekeeping forces is being cut back and revamped as it has been failing to protect civilians in Darfur, the vast Sudanese region where gunmen roam in Land Cruisers and on horseback.

While diplomats and U.N. officials feel a smaller version of the joint United Nations-African Union force could be more effective, question marks over its future terrify some of the millions of people caught up in nearly 12 years of bloodshed.

Mar 7, 2015

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Syria’s envoy to the United Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

   Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian war, Assad’s long-serving U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the United States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Mar 5, 2015

Iran hints might be open to 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country’s nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.

U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached between Tehran and six world powers.

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