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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.

Apr 24, 2015

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to address Muslims’ status ahead of vote

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Myanmar to address the citizenship status of Rohingya Muslims in the country’s western Rakhine state ahead of a general election scheduled to be held later this year.

Almost 140,000 of Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingya, most of whom are stateless, remain displaced after deadly clashes with Buddhists in Rakhine in 2012.

Apr 24, 2015

Western Sahara dispute spills over into nuclear arms meeting: envoys

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A fierce dispute between Morocco and African nations led by Algeria over the speaking rights of Western Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement led to the suspension of a U.N. meeting on nuclear disarmament on Friday, diplomats said.

The diplomatic fracas broke out during a meeting of “States Parties and Signatories that Establish Nuclear Weapon Free Zones and Mongolia” ahead of a month-long conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that kicks off on Monday.

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