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Jul 1, 2015

IAEA chief Amano heads to Iran as nuclear talks extended

VIENNA (Reuters) – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano will be in Tehran on Thursday to discuss monitoring sensitive nuclear sites with senior officials as major powers and Iran seek a breakthrough in forging a lasting nuclear agreement.

Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week on Tuesday to reach an accord curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, but U.S. President Barack Obama warned there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. says absurd to suggest that it will cave in Iran talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States on Monday rejected criticism that world powers negotiating with Iran have been making too many compromises in nuclear talks with Iran, saying it hoped to get a good agreement but was not certain that was achievable.

The official had been asked to respond to public criticism of the U.S. delegation in the talks and suggestions that the administration of President Barack Obama has been making too many concessions out of desperation to do a deal.

Jun 28, 2015

Western officials suggest Iran tries to wiggle out of nuclear pledges

VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) – Iran is backtracking from an
interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago,
Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian
officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a
June 30 deadline.

Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12-year
nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the door to
suspending sanctions that have crippled Tehran’s economy. It
could also help ease the diplomatic isolation for an Iran that
has become increasingly assertive across the region.

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.

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