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Apr 29, 2015

Iran suggests U.S. intelligence operative may have taken advantage of detained reporter

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
Zarif.

Apr 29, 2015

Demands for Assad’s ouster fuel Syria bloodshed: Iran foreign minister

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.

Apr 29, 2015

Iran is committed to freedom of navigation in Gulf: Zarif

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.”

Apr 29, 2015

Austria, backed by 159 nations, calls for ban on nuclear weapons

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).

Apr 28, 2015

EU wants Iran to play ‘major but positive role’ in Syria

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.

Apr 28, 2015

UN renews Western Sahara force without changes Africans wanted

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.

Apr 28, 2015

Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal

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.

Apr 27, 2015

Iran slams nuclear powers, Israel at U.N. atomic treaty meeting

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran on Monday demanded that countries possessing nuclear weapons scrap any plans to modernize or extend the life of their atomic arsenals, while branding Israel a threat to the region due to its presumed nuclear stockpile.

Speaking on behalf of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told signatories to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that there should be no limits on the transfer of nuclear technology and know-how to NPT signatories.

Apr 27, 2015

U.S.’s Kerry, Iran’s Zarif to meet at U.N. anti-nuclear arms conference

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal.

Iran’s top diplomat will be the first state party to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to address its 190 signatories at the United Nations headquarters in New York on behalf of 118 non-aligned nations that have signed the NPT, the world’s benchmark disarmament pact.

Apr 27, 2015

Kerry, Iran’s Zarif to meet at UN anti-nuclear arms conference

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal.

Iran’s top diplomat will be the first state party to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to address its 190 signatories at the United Nations headquarters in New York on behalf of 118 non-aligned nations that have signed the NPT, the world’s benchmark disarmament pact.

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