November 10, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iranians expressed frustration Sunday with the lack of a much-anticipated breakthrough in nuclear talks with world powers, with many analysts blaming France and Israel but holding back on traditional outbursts against the United States. Still, moderates expressed hope that an accord could be reached at future negotiating sessions, though hard-liners suspect of the entire process were predictably more pessimistic. Kayhan, a hard-line newspaper associated with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the results of the latest round of talks “ambiguous” and declared that world powers were “blackmailing” Iran.
November 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Iran and six world powers appeared to close in on a preliminary agreement in Geneva on Thursday that would begin to limit Tehran's nuclear development after a decade of frustrating negotiations, according to diplomats. They said the proposed framework agreement, which could still falter, would require Iran to halt at least some enrichment activities in exchange for partial easing of economic sanctions. They described the expected accord as a significant first step intended to buy six months and perhaps longer to pursue a comprehensive final agreement.
October 16, 2013 |
GENEVA - With both sides desperate for a deal, Iran and six world powers Wednesday hailed a new round of negotiations on Tehran's disputed nuclear program as "substantive and forward looking," and set an accelerated schedule of meetings to determine whether they can find common ground after a decade of stalemate. The discussions, begun at a moment of widespread hope for progress, were described as difficult and tense at times. Yet the Iranians and the global powers agreed on a joint statement that praised each side and signaled a commitment to a diplomatic solution.
October 16, 2013 |
GENEVA -- Iran and six world powers adjourned a two-day meeting aimed at resolving their dispute over Iran's nuclear program, hailing their “productive” discussions but giving little hint of how much progress they had made in narrowing their differences. Amid soaring expectations that a deal was near after 10 years of stalemate, diplomats said they had discussed a “road map” to a deal, and had taken up how to start their horse-trading and the final resolution of talks. But they did not directly address whether Iran had accepted any of the curbs on its nuclear program that world powers demand, or if the six powers had signaled they would accept Iranian nuclear enrichment at the close of a deal - a key Iranian demand.
September 26, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS - The top diplomats of the United States and Iran on Thursday held their first substantive meeting since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, hoping that within six months they can come to terms on Iran's disputed nuclear ambitions and find a new foundation for their relationship after decades of antagonism. Secretary of State John F. Kerry sat down with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and diplomats from five other world powers on the sidelines of the United Nations' annual gathering to determine whether a new Iranian government and Washington "can continue to chart a way forward," a senior Obama administration official said before the meeting.
September 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says the U.S. is open to a United Nations resolution that does not include the threat of military force against Syria if the government fails to surrender its chemical weapons. Administration officials said Friday that they didn't believe Russia would agree to a resolution authorizing military action against Syria, its ally, but that at a minimum they would like to see sanctions or other consequences listed in the resolution. Speaking to reporters at a background briefing, the officials said one possible consequence would be reconsideration by the U.N. Security Council, which could call for military force later.
August 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Samantha Power came back from the war in Bosnia revolted by the atrocities she witnessed and convinced that world powers must intervene to stop them. Nearly two decades later, Power will shoulder that responsibility herself as President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations. Power, 42, a journalist and activist before Obama drew her into government eight years ago, said she would try to "do what America does best: stand up against repressive regimes and promote human rights.
July 23, 2013 |
Bentley, builder of some of the world's largest and most expensive luxury cars, is getting into the SUV business. The British automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, confirmed Tuesday that it would build the yet-unnamed vehicle at its facility in Crewe, England. The vehicle will be the fourth in Bentley's lineup and will go on sale in 2016. "Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand's first SUV," said Martin Winterkorn, head of the Volkswagen Group.
June 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping nibbled on empanadas at the home of a Costa Rican coffee farmer. His wife played the steel drums in Trinidad and Tobago. With smiles and, of course, money, China is on an unusual charm offensive to win the love it thinks should accompany the country's economic rise. The trip that will culminate with a summit in Rancho Mirage with President Obama is part of a concerted effort by the new Chinese government to enhance its world power status. "The Chinese are well aware that they have an image problem abroad so they've taken this diplomatic offense to enhance their 'soft' power," said Mario Esteban, an expert in China's activities in Latin America at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
May 28, 2013 |
BEIRUT - With violence increasingly spilling over Syria's borders, refugees swamping its neighbors and new arms transfers to both sides on the horizon, a solution to the Syrian conflict has rarely seemed so urgent - and so far beyond reach. U.S. and Russian officials this month raised hope for a peace conference that could lead to a transitional government and, eventually, free elections. The accord between Washington and Moscow, long at loggerheads on Syria, followed a United Nations-backed formula long ignored as outside powers on both sides pushed their Syrian proxies for victory.