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Aug 8, 2015

U.S. think tank questions Iran explanation for activity at site

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A prominent U.S. think tank on Friday questioned Iran’s explanation for activity at its Parchin military site visible in satellite imagery, saying the movement of vehicles did not appear related to road work.

The U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said this week that Iran might be sanitizing its Parchin military site, where some countries suspect experiments may have taken place in a possible atomic weapons program. Iran denied it, saying it was part of road works near the Mamloo Dam.

Aug 7, 2015

U.N. council urges inquiry to identify those behind Syria gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution asking U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the head of the global anti-chemical weapons watchdog to prepare a plan to set up an inquiry to identify those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria’s civil war.

Attributing responsibility for poison gas attacks in Syria’s four-year conflict could pave the way for action by the 15-member Security Council. The body has already threatened consequences for such attacks, which could include sanctions.

Aug 6, 2015

U.N. to host Libya talks on Monday in push for unity government

UNITED NATIONS/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The United Nations will convene a new round of Libya talks on Monday in Geneva in a push to persuade warring parties to agree on a unity government and end the violence gripping the oil producer, the U.N. said on Thursday.

There are many challenges to ending Libya’s armed conflict, four years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Jul 15, 2015

Infuriating patience pays off for Kerry and Zarif on Iran deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – In a stunning tweet on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared: “#IranDeal is the victory of diplomacy & mutual respect”.

Except that it wasn’t. The latest round of ministerial negotiations between Iran and six world powers on curbing Iran’s nuclear program were still in full swing, 17 days in, and Rouhani had jumped the gun. The tweet was deleted.

Jul 14, 2015

Draft nuclear deal calls for access to all Iranian sites: source

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. inspectors would have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military ones, under a draft nuclear deal that six major powers and Iran are working to finalize on Tuesday, a diplomatic source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the U.N. access would be based on consultations between the six powers and Iran under the draft deal, which would impose limits on the Iranian nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.

Jul 14, 2015

Exclusive: Draft deal calls for U.N. access to all Iran sites – source

VIENNA (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday.

    The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N. Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including Iranian limitations on its nuclear program and relief from sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of 2016.

Jul 14, 2015

Draft deal calls for UN access to all Iran sites -source

VIENNA, July 14 (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between
Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have
access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based
on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic
source said on Tuesday.

The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N.
Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this
month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including
Iranian limitations on its nuclear programme and relief from
sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of
2016.

Jul 13, 2015

Iran nuclear deal edges closer but success still not guaranteed

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers were close to clinching an historic pact on Monday that would bring Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, but an Iranian negotiator said he could not guarantee a deal was imminent.

“I cannot promise whether the remaining issues can be resolved tonight or tomorrow night. Some issues still remain unresolved and, until they are solved, we cannot say an agreement has been reached,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying in Vienna.

Jul 11, 2015

France says ‘decision time’ has come in Iran nuclear talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister appeared to put pressure on the United States and Iran on Saturday to speed up nuclear talks, saying that all issues were now on the table between six major powers and Iran and that the time had to come to make a decision.

The two sides nevertheless struggled to break the deadlock in nuclear talks that has held up a historic deal that would bring sanctions relief for Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Jul 10, 2015

Top adviser to Iran’s Khamenei says ‘redlines’ should be respected in nuclear talks: Tasnim

VIENNA (Reuters) – The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said on Friday that Tehran’s “redlines” should be respected in nuclear talks with major powers aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear program, the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim reported.

“A deal can be reached only if (our) redlines are respected … (U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry’s) comments are part of America’s psychological warfare against Iran,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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