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Mar 19, 2015

Iran wants limits on nuclear work eased before any deal expires -officials

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 18 (Reuters) – Iran is pressing
major world powers to agree to start easing some restrictions on
its atomic programme earlier than Western countries are willing
to accept, Western and Iranian officials told Reuters.

This is one of the sticking points that divide negotiators
from Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia
and China in the Swiss city of Lausanne as an end-March deadline
for a framework agreement approaches, the officials said.

Mar 17, 2015

Iran, US line up technical options as push for deal intensifies

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and major world powers have been making headway in identifying technical options for a historic nuclear deal as an end-March deadline nears but difficult issues must still be addressed, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Iran and six world powers are seeking an agreement to curb Iran’s most sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years in exchange for a gradual end to sanctions on Tehran.

Mar 15, 2015

West hopes for Iran concessions in nuclear talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Western powers are hoping for concessions from Tehran that could help clinch a political agreement in nuclear talks this week after the United States and European powers voiced a willingness to compromise on suspending U.N. sanctions, officials said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were due to meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, later on Sunday to break the logjam ahead of a crucial round of talks between Iran and six major powers.

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.

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