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South's Moon hopes to restart N. Korean diplomacy with Biden

May. 10, 2021 03:07 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s leader said Monday he’ll use his upcoming summit with President Joe Biden to push to restart diplomacy with North Korea, saying that the U.S. has opted for a diplomatic, phased approach to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. ...

US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea likely bound for Yemen

May. 09, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country's Houthi rebels. An...

Talks 'intensify' on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

May. 07, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — World powers held a fourth round of high-level talks Friday aimed at bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, with both sides signaling a willingness to work out the major stumbling blocks. The talks began in Austria in early April....

US says fate of nuclear pact up to Iran as talks resume

May. 06, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is signaling that Iran shouldn't expect major new concessions from the United States as a new round of indirect nuclear talks is set to resume. A senior administration official told reporters Thursday that the U.S. has laid out...

More than 200 NGOs call for UN arms embargo on Myanmar

May. 05, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 200 global organizations urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, saying the time for statements has passed and immediate action is needed to help protect peaceful protesters against military rule and other opponents...

Flurry of diplomatic contacts fuel Iran deal speculation

May. 04, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic contacts and reports of major progress suggest that indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran may be nearing an agreement. That’s despite efforts by U.S. officials to play down chances of an imminent deal that would bring Washington and Tehran back...

China's UN envoy: Myanmar violence could lead to civil war

May. 03, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s U.N. ambassador on Monday urged stronger diplomatic efforts to resolve the confrontation in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup, warning that further violence could lead to a chaotic situation “and even a civil war.” Zhang Jun also...

Progress noted at diplomats' talks on Iran nuclear deal

May. 01, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — High-ranking diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and Britain made progress at talks Saturday focused on bringing the United States back into their landmark nuclear deal with Iran, but said they need more work and time to bring about a future agreement. ...

UN focuses on demand to repatriate foreign fighters in Libya

Apr. 29, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held an informal meeting Thursday focusing on the repatriation of more than 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya, a demand of the country’s transitional government as it heads toward December elections after a decade of...

Blinken meets Israeli spy chief as Iran talks continue

Apr. 29, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top Biden administration national security aides met Thursday with the chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency for talks that focused primarily on Iran, according to officials familiar with the meeting. The...