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French envoy in Iran talks as Trump threatens to up sanctions

TEHRAN: French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor met with Iran's president Wednesday winding up a day of talks in Tehran aimed at saving a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Tehran and Washington. But as Emmanuel Bonne pressed the high-level talks, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn that US sanctions against Iran would soon be "increased substantially", charging Tehran had "long been secretly 'enriching'" uranium. The 2015 accord between Iran and world powers, the Joint…

US in new global court showdown with Iran

THE HAGUE: The United States accused Tehran on Monday of having “unclean hands” as it fought an Iranian court bid to unfreeze billions of dollars earmarked by Washington for terror victims. Washington said Iran’s “support for international terrorism”, including bombings and airline hijackings, should rule out its case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Iran dragged Washington to the UN’s top court in 2016 over a US Supreme Court ruling that the $2 billion should go to victims of attacks blamed on…

US withdraws from international accords, says UN world court ‘politicised’

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about US policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords. The US national security adviser John Bolton slammed the highest United Nations tribunal as “politicised and ineffective” as he announced that the United States would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the ICJ. Earlier on…

Pompeo ‘disturbed’ by EU payment plan for Iran business

NEW YORK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Tuesday a European Union plan to set up a way to preserve business with Iran and avoid renewed American sanctions. Addressing the United Against Nuclear Iran pressure group being held near the annual UN General Assembly, Pompeo said he was "disturbed and, indeed, deeply disappointed" by Monday's announcement from remaining members of an international nuclear deal. "This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional peace and security," Pompeo…

US seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

WASHINGTON: The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional behaviour, the US special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of UN meetings in New York next week. Iran has rejected the US attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump tore up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers earlier this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a dozen demands in May that he said could make up a new agreement, although Hook’s…

US sends messages ‘every day’ to begin negotiations: Iran

GENEVA: The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television. Tensions ramped up between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month. Trump has said he would meet Iran’s leaders. “From one side they try to pressure the people of Iran, on another side they send us messages…