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February 14, 1991
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati will go to the Soviet Union on Friday--two days before his Iraqi counterpart, Tariq Aziz--for talks on the war with President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
October 12, 2009 | Greg Miller and Julian E. Barnes
Agreement to open Iran's hidden nuclear complex to inspection has reduced talk of military action and put diplomacy back on track -- at least for a while. But even as the U.S. tries to build international pressure, emerging details suggest it might already be too late for an armed strike. Everything about Iran's newly disclosed site near the holy city of Qom complicates the task for the two most likely attackers, the U.S. and Israel. Iranian officials say that's precisely why they built the facility on an elite military base, fortified with steel and concrete, and buried under a mountain.
February 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
State lawmakers in Maine and Hawaii, along with about 90 town, city and county governments, have passed resolutions asking President Bush to rely on diplomacy, not war, to resolve the conflict with Iraq. The state resolutions come from Democrat-led chambers -- Hawaii's House and Maine's House and Senate. One state, South Carolina, has gone on record supporting the president. Its legislature is led by Republicans.
May 11, 2006
Re "White House Calls Iranian Letter a Ploy," May 9 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has placed the United States in check by simply writing a letter. In one stroke, Iran has established itself as the purveyor of a peaceful end, making it nearly impossible for the U.S. to persuade the United Nations to impose sanctions. It also projects the U.S. as dismissive and closed. We have to face the reality that diplomacy with Iran is the only way to prevent a potentially disastrous chain of events.
October 5, 2007 | ROSA BROOKS
Christopher Hill, U.S. assistant secretary of State, stunned reporters Wednesday by announcing that North Korea has agreed to disable its nuclear facilities -- and by attributing the breakthrough to a "a previously unknown but surprisingly effective" method of foreign relations recently discovered by U.S. officials, which Hill dubbed "diplomacy." "This is a real first for us," Hill explained proudly.
July 16, 2008 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates renewed his call Tuesday for more spending on U.S. diplomacy and international aid, saying the U.S. government risks "creeping militarization" of its foreign policy by focusing its resources on the Pentagon. With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in attendance, Gates said in a speech that the government's civilian institutions, especially those with the tasks of diplomacy and development, had been undermanned and underfunded since the end of the Cold War. Gates has made the argument before, most notably in November in an address at Kansas State University.
Central America's most famous peacemaker, former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez, on Thursday urged world leaders not to abandon diplomacy as a means of ending the Persian Gulf War. "When peace is at stake," said the winner of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize, leaders "do not have the right to be impatient." Lack of patience, Arias added, "is a way of provoking war."
June 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Senate on Thursday endorsed President Bush's diplomatic approach to Iran's nuclear program after rejecting a proposal that would have increased sanctions against the Tehran government and those helping it. In Shanghai today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he saw a six-nation incentive package aimed at getting his country to halt uranium enrichment as progress in resolving the dispute over the nuclear program.
July 27, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
A spat between Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama escalated Thursday as the senators traded swipes over the proper way to conduct diplomacy with hostile nations. Their four-day feud over foreign relations has served as a proxy for the larger battle between the two candidates over which has the experience needed to be president and which offers the sharpest change in direction for the country.
April 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
President Clinton's ever-changing pronunciation of the word "Kosovo" may seem irrelevant to Americans, but it is a loaded issue in the Balkans. During a speech here about the NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia, Clinton referred 21 times to the troubled province in Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic, where Serbian security forces have forced hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians from their homes.
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