September 30, 2003 |
Iran acknowledged Monday that additional traces of weapons-grade uranium had been found on its soil but argued that they came from abroad on contaminated equipment. The United States and some of its allies have accused Tehran of running a secret nuclear weapons program. Iran is facing an Oct. 31 deadline to give a full accounting of its nuclear activities, set by the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors. If the board rules at its Nov.
November 1, 1987
Japan has turned down a U.S. request to join in economic sanctions against Iran. "Given that the U.N. secretary general is still continuing his efforts (to mediate in the Iran-Iraq conflict). . . we think it is too early to take economic measures against Iran," Deputy Foreign Minister Ryohei Murata told U.S. Under Secretary of State Michael H. Armacost at a meeting in Tokyo. Japan, which imports virtually all its oil, buys about 7% from Iran. West Germany also has rejected the U.S.
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.
September 17, 2007 |
European leaders are considering their own economic sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear program, France's foreign minister said Sunday. Bernard Kouchner also warned that the international community should be prepared for the possibility of war if Iran obtains atomic weapons. The U.S. and other world powers accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons; Tehran says its uranium enrichment activities are aimed at producing energy. Negotiations and two sets of U.N.
September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama defended his handling of the biggest international crisis of his second term so far, saying that a diplomatic deal to seize Syria's chemical arsenal without U.S. military intervention ultimately could help end that country's bitter civil war. Obama said his threats to use missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government had created conditions for diplomacy to work. "We now have a situation in which Syria has acknowledged it has chemical weapons, has said it's willing to join the convention on chemical weapons, and Russia, its primary sponsor, has said that it will pressure Syria to reach that agreement," Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos.
October 16, 2013 |
GENEVA - Iran and six world powers Wednesday hailed the latest round of negotiations on Tehran's disputed nuclear program as “substantive and forward looking” and set an accelerated schedule of meetings to find whether they can strike the deal both sides want. The discussions, begun at a moment of renewed hope for progress, were described as difficult and tense at times. Yet the Iranians and their negotiating partners were able to reach a rare agreement on a joint statement praising each side and signaling their commitment to a diplomatic solution to the standoff.