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Sep 30, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu urges Obama to keep sanctions in place on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West.

Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, not just words, and vowed to keep all options on the table, including the possibility of a military response.

Sep 30, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu meets Obama, will urge no let-up on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will warn President Barack Obama in White House talks on Monday that Iran’s diplomatic “sweet talk” cannot be trusted and will urge him to keep up the pressure to prevent Tehran from being able to make a nuclear bomb.

While Obama will attempt to reassure Netanyahu that he will not act prematurely to ease sanctions on Iran, growing signs of a U.S.-Iranian thaw have rattled Israel and could make for a tense encounter between the two leaders, who have not always seen eye-to-eye on the Iranian nuclear dispute.

Sep 30, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu to press Obama for no let-up on Iran pressure

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will warn President Barack Obama at
a meeting on Monday that Iran’s diplomatic “sweet talk” cannot
be trusted and will urge him to pressure Tehran to prevent it
being able to make a nuclear bomb.

While Obama will attempt to reassure Netanyahu that he will
not act prematurely to ease sanctions on Iran, growing signs of
a U.S.-Iranian thaw have rattled Israel and could make for a
tense encounter between the two leaders, who have not always
seen eye-to-eye on the Iranian nuclear dispute.

Sep 29, 2013

Iran is biggest test for Obama’s often rocky ties with Netanyahu

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Six months after U.S. President Barack Obama eased a strained relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Israel dubbed “Operation Desert Schmooze,” the two leaders now face the biggest test of whether they can work together – and the stakes are higher than ever.

A diplomatic charm offensive by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has suddenly opened up a gap between the White House and Netanyahu’s government. How they respond could have far-reaching implications for their political legacies as well as the future stability of the Middle East.

Sep 27, 2013

U.S., Iran voice optimism and caution after rare encounter

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran and the United States held their highest-level substantive talks in a generation on Thursday, saying the tone was positive but sounding cautious about resolving the long-running standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met after Zarif held wider talks with the United States and other major powers to address Western suspicions that Iran may be trying to develop atomic weapons.

Sep 26, 2013

Iran, U.S., other powers open nuclear talks; Kerry aims to keep up pressure

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran’s new government began its first talks on its nuclear program with the United States and five other world powers on Thursday, with the Iranian foreign minister taking a seat next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a rare high-level contact between the two long-estranged nations.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went into talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly with Kerry as well as counterparts from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany at a session aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Sep 26, 2013

Palestinian leader urges world powers to rein in Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that “time is running out” for Middle East peace efforts and urged world powers to rein in Israeli settlement construction that he said could undermine U.S.-sponsored negotiations.

In an address to an annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas committed to negotiating with Israel in good faith but he also painted what he called a “dispiriting and bleak” picture for peace prospects.

Sep 26, 2013

Kerry aims to boost support for U.S. stance in nuclear meeting with Iran

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster international support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers set for Thursday even as Iran’s new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations.

The meeting in New York involves a very rare encounter between top officials of the United States and Iran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with Kerry as well as diplomats from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany at a session aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

Sep 24, 2013

Obama pledges diplomacy with Iran, puts onus on Rouhani

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
said on Tuesday the United States was ready to engage
diplomatically with longtime foe Iran but put the onus on the
new Iranian president to prove he is serious about pursuing a
nuclear deal.

Striking a cautiously optimistic tone in a speech to the
United Nations General Assembly, Obama said he was determined to
test President Hassan Rouhani’s recent overtures and challenged
him to take concrete steps toward resolving Iran’s long-running
nuclear dispute with the West.

Sep 24, 2013

Obama tells world leaders diplomatic path with Iran must be tested

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States was ready to engage diplomatically with Iran in what could be a historic opening between the long-time foes but put the onus on the new Iranian president to prove he is serious about pursuing a nuclear deal.

Addressing an annual summit of world leaders at the United Nations, Obama said he wanted to put President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the test and challenged him to take concrete steps toward resolving Iran’s long-running nuclear dispute with the West.

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