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UN votes to ease arms embargo on Central African Republic

Sep. 12, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic's government following its signing of a peace agreement with 14 armed groups in February and progress in reforming its security sector. The French-drafted resolution...

Iran urges US to 'put warmongers aside' after Bolton firing

Sep. 11, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president urged the U.S. on Wednesday to "put warmongers aside" as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Hassan Rouhani's remarks signaled approval of President Donald...

US steps up anti-Iran campaign ahead of UN General Assembly

Sep. 10, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is stepping up its campaign to get other nations to boost pressure on Iran as world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations this month. Even as President Donald Trump dismissed his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, the administration pressed...

North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with US

Sep. 10, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals. The launches and demand for new...

Analysis: North Korean tests put pressure on Washington

Sep. 10, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Another week, another North Korean weapons test. North Korea's relentless, carefully calibrated barrage of firepower — Tuesday's test was its eighth since late July — has managed to normalize a martial display of defiance that not too long ago raised fears of war...

The Latest: Iran: US nuclear modernization violates treaty

Sep. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 10 p.m. Iran's U.N. ambassador is accusing the United States of violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by modernizing its nuclear weapons instead of moving toward disarmament. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi cited progress in...

UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran installing new centrifuges

Sep. 9, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' atomic watchdog confirmed Monday that Iran is preparing to use more advanced centrifuges, another breach of limits set in the country's slowly unraveling nuclear deal with major powers. Iran had already announced the step, its latest violation of the 2015 agreement as it...

The Latest: UN nuclear inspectors on the ground in Iran

Sep. 7, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf region between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:00 p.m. The United Nations' nuclear watchdog says it has inspectors on the ground in Iran who will be able to look into reports that Tehran began injecting uranium gas into...

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Sep. 7, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms....

AP EXPLAINS: Iran's nuclear program as atomic deal unravels

Sep. 7, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran announced Saturday it had begun using advanced centrifuges in violation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The decision by Iran marks what it calls its "third step" away from the accord, which saw Iran agree to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the...