June 10, 1993 |
European nations, which have consistently rebuffed American efforts to isolate Iran, agreed Wednesday to consider economic sanctions against the Tehran regime to force it to abandon clandestine nuclear, chemical and missile weapons programs. European Community foreign ministers approved a joint U.S.
December 12, 1993 |
With barely a day to complete their negotiations, grim-faced U.S. trade officials met into the night Saturday with major trading partners but reported no progress in their tense effort to reach an agreement that would rewrite the rules of international commerce. Late in the evening, the U.S. delegation took the unusual step of issuing a formal statement decrying the lack of progress in one arena--that of widening the internationalization of such financial services as banking and insurance.
December 7, 1993 |
The United States and the European Community on Monday appeared close to settling a dispute on farm subsidies that has been the main obstacle to concluding a global trade pact. But France called the progress inadequate. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy hinted that the United States and the 12-nation trading bloc had settled a bitter dispute over cuts in government payments to farmers. U.S.
December 3, 1993 |
NATO foreign ministers on Thursday approved in principle a U.S. proposal to extend a security "partnership" to the formerly Communist nations of Eastern Europe, but they immediately began bickering about whether Ukraine and perhaps some other countries should be left out. NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner said the ministers "very broadly welcomed" the U.S.
December 14, 1993 |
Global trade negotiators Monday inched to the brink of completing their seven-year campaign to rewrite the rules of international trade, with only a solution-defying dispute over entertainment issues standing in the way. One by one, some of the most contentious issues slipped toward resolution as negotiators reached agreement on textile quotas--a political headache for the White House--and maritime issues.
March 20, 1993 |
Declaring a temporary truce on trade issues, the Clinton Administration agreed Friday to delay a new round of sanctions against European goods while the European Community signaled its willingness to consider giving American firms greater access to its markets. The joint announcement was coupled with the disclosure that a potential irritant in U.S.-Japanese relations has been eased now that Japan has met a negotiated target for purchases of foreign-made computer chips.
August 11, 1990 |
NATO foreign ministers Friday offered unanimous rhetorical support for U.S. action against Iraq but ruled out committing the alliance's combined military forces, even if American troops come under fire. Manfred Woerner, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said NATO will respond militarily if Turkish territory is attacked but will not send allied forces to Saudi Arabia in the event that American, British or French troops engage in combat there. Secretary of State James A.
June 21, 1990 |
President Bush said Wednesday that he is willing to discuss new European proposals to provide massive Western aid to the Soviet Union but warned that he will not be ready to support such an effort until Moscow makes needed economic reforms and ends its aid to Cuba.
February 18, 1990 |
Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel, on his way to Canada and the United States, stopped over to meet Iceland's president Saturday and attended a play he wrote but had never seen performed. The playwright president told reporters he decided to visit Reykjavik because the city is a symbol of peace--a reference to the U.S.-Soviet summit in 1986. Havel talked with reporters before attending a production in Icelandic of his play "Slum Clearance."
February 6, 1990 |
The Bush Administration said Monday that a new, united German state would not have to be a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization but rather need only maintain "ties" to the alliance. The shift in U.S. policy is the latest and most significant in a hectic series of revisions as Administration policy-makers run to keep up with the rapidly changing European situation. If it becomes reality, the new position on Germany would substantially reshape the Western alliance.