U.N. Nuclear Monitor Says Deal With Iran Is Near (NYT)
@2 years ago
‘In an apparent breakthrough, the leader of the United Nations nuclear monitoring arm said on Tuesday that despite unspecified differences, he expects to sign a deal with Iran ’quite soon’ on the arrangements for an investigation into potential military applications of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.
His remarks came a day ahead of negotiations scheduled for Wednesday in Baghdad between Iran and the world powers over Iran’s disputed uranium enrichment. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes but Western powers suspect Tehran is seeking to achieve the capability to build nuclear weapons.
During his visit to Tehran, Mr. Amano said, there was an ‘important development’ on the agency’s push to reach what it calls a ‘structured agreement’ to determine how its inspectors would conduct an investigation into possible military applications of the Iranian program.”
#iran #IAEA #nuclear program #news #UN
The Axis of No (FP)
@2 years ago with 18 notes
"Remember the Soviet-Sino split? Moscow and Beijing don’t appear to. On the current developments in the Middle East and North Africa, at least, China and Russia have been increasingly coming together. At the U.N. Security Council, they either oppose Western initiatives or voice their reservations. To some, this looks like solidarity between two authoritarian governments; to others, a coordinated effort to dilute, and eventually dismantle, U.S. and Western domination of global politics. Although both these elements are involved, the reality is broader, and it needs to be better understood by Western publics and policymakers.”
#Russia #China #UN #Libya #Syria #US #Security Council #Arab spring
Ros-Lehtinen introduces U.N.-bashing bill ahead of Palestinian statehood vote (FP)
@3 years ago with 6 notes
"House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bill today that would effectively slash U.S. contributions to the United Nations and punish any U.N. organization that goes along with the U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood next month.”
#US #UN #Israel #Palestine
UN set to airlift food to African famine zone (AJE)
@3 years ago with 1 note
“The UN World Food Programme is set to start airlifting food to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa where more than 12 million people are at risk of starvation.
Airlifts will begin on Tuesday to the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Dolo in Ethiopia and Wajir in Kenya, Josette Sheeran, the WFP chief, said.
An emergency meeting of UN aid agencies and charities was held in Rome on Monday, where the decision to airlift food had been made.”
#UN #Africa #horn of africa #food aid
US invites North Korea to talks on nuclear impasse (BBC)
@3 years ago
"Mrs Clinton stressed that any negotiations must be meaningful. ’We do not intend to reward the North just for returning to the table,’ she said."
#negotiations, #North Korea #nuclear weapons #UN