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Arshad Mohammed

U.S. drops sanctions on former Iranian officials, step called routine

Jun 10 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States said on Thursday it had removed sanctions on three former Iranian officials and two companies that previously traded Iranian petrochemicals, a step one U.S. official called routine but that could show U.S. readiness to ease sanctions when justified.

U.S. drops sanctions on former Iranian officials, step called routine

Jun 10 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States said on Thursday it had removed sanctions on three former Iranian officials and two companies that previously traded Iranian petrochemicals, a step one U.S. official called routine but that could show U.S. readiness to ease sanctions when justified.

U.S. urges 'extreme caution' to airlines flying passengers over Belarus

May 28 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. government advised airlines on Friday to use "extreme caution" when flying passengers over Belarus after authorities from that country forced diversion of a Ryanair flight and arrested a dissident journalist on Sunday.

Biden, Putin to meet on June 16 amid disagreements

May 25 2021

WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16, the White House and the Kremlin said on Tuesday amid sharp disputes over election interference, cyberattacks, human rights and Ukraine.

U.S. says primary focus on lasting Gaza ceasefire, aid; too early for peace talks

May 24 2021

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will focus primarily on ensuring that a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas holds during his visit to the region later on Monday, and work to get assistance delivered to the people of Gaza, a senior State Department official said.

Israel's Gaza challenge: stopping metal tubes turning into rockets

May 23 2021

By Jonathan Saul, John Irish, Arshad Mohammed and Parisa Hafezi

U.S. tiptoes through sanctions minefield toward Iran nuclear deal

May 17 2021

WASHINGTON As the United States searches for a path back to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it is tiptoeing through a minefield laid by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Wide gaps as Iran nuclear deal talks set to resume in Vienna

May 06 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S., Iranian and European officials said on Thursday there were wide gaps between Washington and Tehran on resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, though a U.S. official said an accord was possible within weeks if Iran decided it wanted one.

Biden expected to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide - sources

Apr 22 2021

WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to formally recognize the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War One as an act of genocide, sources said on Wednesday, a move likely to infuriate Turkey and further strain already frayed ties between the two NATO allies.

U.S. sees major differences with Iran in nuclear talks

Apr 21 2021

PARIS Serious differences persist between the United States and Iran over how they might resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite making some progress in their latest indirect talks in Vienna, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

World News

Khamenei protege wins Iran election amid low turnout

DUBAI (Reuters) -Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge who is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured victory as expected on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.