August 4, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, said Sunday that his nation would not be intimidated by threats and demanded “respect” from the global community. “If you want the right response, it should not be through the language of sanctions, it should be through the language of discourse and respect,” Rouhani said in a pointed message to outside nations during his official swearing in at the parliament here. “Iran does not pursue war.” Rouhani, 64, a moderate cleric who was a surprise victor in June's elections, officially assumed office on Saturday but took the formal oath of office Sunday for his four-year term.
June 11, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Leading reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref announced Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race to be Iran's next president , leaving centrist Hassan Rowhani as the sole moderate-leaning candidate in Friday's election. There had been earlier calls for Aref, a former vice president, to step aside to strengthen Rowhani's chances. Aref said former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist, had urged him to withdraw. Rowhani, 65, who previously headed Iran's nuclear negotiating team, is the only cleric among the eight presidential candidates vetted by the powerful Guardian Council.
April 22, 2013 |
The European Union discarded the last of its economic sanctions against Myanmar on Monday, despite fresh reports that Rohingya Muslims there face bloody and persistent attempts at "ethnic cleansing. " The decision worried activists working to help the ethnic minority. They warned that it was premature. “The international community is quite keen now to do business with Burma," said Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project. "I'm afraid this commercial interest may weaken their pressure on the government.” In a report released Monday , Human Rights Watch said Buddhist monks and local leaders have orchestrated a deadly campaign to purge Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state, a coastal area on the Bay of Bengal.
February 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Six world powers and Iran agreed to hold talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program this month in Kazakhstan in the latest attempt to avoid a military confrontation over the issue. After three months of negotiations, Iran's national security council reached agreement with the office of the European Union's foreign policy chief and point person for the six world powers, Catherine Ashton, for a meeting Feb. 26. The six nations - Russia, China, France, Germany, Britain and the United States - have been urging Iran to accept limits on a nuclear program that many countries fear is aimed at developing a weapon.
December 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Britain's Standard Chartered bank has agreed to a $327-million settlement with U.S. officials, who have been investigating the bank for possible violations of economic sanctions against Iran and other countries. The settlement, announced Monday, includes $132 million paid to the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control and $100 million paid to the Federal Reserve. Treasury officials said the settlement resolves probes into apparent violations by the bank's London and Dubai offices from 2001 to 2007 of U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, Burma, Libya and Sudan, as well as a case involving sanctions related to foreign narcotics kingpins.
November 16, 2011 |
Arab foreign ministers Wednesday gave Syria three days to cease what one league official called its "bloody repression" against its people or face economic sanctions, the latest sign of President Bashar Assad's growing isolation. The move by ministers meeting in Rabat, Morocco, came as Syria's humiliating suspension from the Arab League became effective. The 22-member organization on Saturday decided it would suspend Syria by Wednesday if it did not implement a league-brokered peace plan.