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Israel warns negotiators to be tough with Iran

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday warned the six-power group negotiating with Iran to set stringent limits on its nuclear enrichment at forthcoming talks. “If the P5+1 will set a much lower threshold, like just stop reaching 20 percent it means that basically the Iranians at a…

U.S., Europe to ‘demand’ Iran close nuclear facility

The United States and its European allies plan to demand the immediate closing by Iran and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed underground nuclear facility near the city of Qum, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed US and European diplomats, the newspaper said the allies will also call at…

Clinton warns Iran time not ‘infinite’ for talks

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday warned Iran that time was not “infinite” for diplomacy and that “all options remain on the table” after a dispute over the venue of talks. Clinton said that the European Union would look into setting a time and place for…

Iran vows to stay the course on its nuclear program

Iran declared on Monday it will not be swayed from its nuclear “path” by sanctions, a week before talks with world powers that are increasingly seen as a last chance for diplomacy in its showdown with the West. “The sanctions may have caused us small problems but we will continue…

US wants ‘results’ at April 13 talks in Istanbul with Iran

The United States wants “concrete results” at talks between Iran and world powers on April 13 in Istanbul on Tehran’s nuclear programme, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. “Our policy is one of prevention, not containment,” Clinton told a press conference in the Saudi capital after talks with her Gulf Arab counterparts, confirming…

Obama moves to choke Iran oil exports

President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for fresh sanctions against Iran’s oil sector Friday, judging there is enough oil on world markets to ensure the move will not hit US consumers. With just hours to go before a legal deadline, Obama determined the United States could levy sanctions against banks…

Nuclear talks with world powers on April 13 says Iran

Long-stalled talks between Iran and world powers are to be revived on April 13 at a place yet to be agreed, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying on Wednesday by official media. Salehi announced the date as he welcomed visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

Sen. Rand Paul blocks Iran sanctions bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday blocked legislation that would impose a new sanctions on Iran. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had hoped to quickly pass the bill by unanimous consent. But Paul objected and introduced an amendment stating that any use of military force against Iran must be…

Sweden’s Bildt warns against ‘blowing up’ talks with Iran

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, hailing plans to resume talks between global powers and Iran on its suspect nuclear drive, warned Friday against a “blow up” of the negotiations. “We’re looking foward to a resumption of the dialogue,” Bildt said when asked for comment on a recent agreement to restart…

Nuclear watchdog chief accused of pro-western bias over Iran

Former senior officials warn of parallels between IAEA approach to Iran and mistakes over Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear watchdog at the heart of the growing Iranian crisis, has been accused by several former senior officials of pro-western…

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