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EU sees progress on key obstacles at Iran nuclear talks

Jun. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — A top European diplomat said Tuesday he believes international negotiations with Iran will ultimately succeed in re-imposing limits on its nuclear program, but indicated that more time may be needed. Enrique Mora, who is coordinating the talks in Vienna,...

Many Iranians fear vote will underscore their powerlessness

Jun. 14, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians this week are preparing to vote in — or perhaps to boycott — a presidential election that many fear will only underscore their powerlessness to shape the country's fate. Hopefuls are running to replace the term-limited President Hassan...

Final presidential debate shows Iran's political fissures

Jun. 12, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran held a final presidential debate Saturday that showed the fissures within the Islamic Republic’s politics, as hard-liners referred to those seeking ties to the West as “infiltrators” and the race’s two other candidates brought up the unrest that surrounded...

EU talks up hope of breakthrough at Iran nuclear meetings

Jun. 12, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — European Union negotiators said international talks that resumed Saturday on the Iran nuclear agreement were on track to revive the deal, which crumbled after the United States withdrew in 2018. Senior diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia, and...

Iran regains UN voting rights and lashes out at US sanctions

Jun. 11, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran regained its voting rights in the U.N. General Assembly on Friday after making the minimum payment on its U.N. dues and lashed out at the United States for maintaining sanctions that have prevented it from accessing billions of dollars in foreign banks. ...

Russia spars with EU and US at meeting on EU-UN cooperation

Jun. 11, 2021 00:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia sparred with the European Union and the United States at a U.N. meeting Thursday that highlighted the strained relations between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. Estonia, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, organized the...

US hits alleged financing ring linking Yemen rebels, Iran

Jun. 10, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. leveled sanctions Thursday against a Yemeni network that it claims was cooperating with Iran's Revolutionary Guard to illicitly transfer tens of millions of dollars to Yemen's Houthi rebels. At the same time, the Biden administration also...

As Iran prepares to vote, its battered economy a major worry

Jun. 10, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Almost six years ago, Iranians poured into the streets to celebrate Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. They saw it as a chance for the Islamic Republic to re-enter the world economy and create opportunities like purchasing airplanes and selling its oil on the...

Iran candidate says he’s willing to potentially meet Biden

Jun. 09, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian presidential candidate said Wednesday he'd be willing to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden if he wins his country's election next week, though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to the Islamic Republic. ...

Outgoing Iran president, a debate target, defends his record

Jun. 09, 2021 04:32 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president angrily defended himself Wednesday after coming under harsh attack during a presidential election debate the night before, saying his critics' “love for power causes memory loss.” Hassan Rouhani, the relatively moderate cleric...