The U.S. and Iran today escalated their standoff over Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations, as diplomats in Vienna pushed forward at talks on restraining the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
James R. Schlesinger, who served as U.S. secretary of defense under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before becoming the nation’s first energy chief in Jimmy Carter’s administration, has died. He was 85.
World leaders watered down pledges to tighten nuclear security against terrorist threats after fault lines emerged between the U.S. and other nuclear nations over what kind of information should be shared.
Russia signaled for the first time its standoff with the West isn’t isolated to Ukraine and that disagreements may emerge in nuclear talks with Iran, which is pursuing Russian reactors amid negotiations with world powers.
Barack Obama called Russia’s incursion into Crimea a violation of international law and told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk that the U.S. stands with Ukraine to protect its sovereignty and territory.
Barack Obama’s meeting with Ukraine’s prime minister today raises the stakes in his attempt to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in Crimea and preempt any spread to nearby countries.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have one thing in common: Both have voiced doubts that the talks starting today in Vienna will produce a deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.