An international treaty regulating the $70 billion global arms trade was sidetracked after failing to get the unanimous support needed for adoption among more than 150 countries taking part in negotiations at the United Nations.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel makes “any mistake,” after President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met to discuss the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Time Warner Inc.’s “Argo,” the film about the rescue of American hostages from Iran more than 30 years ago that won the Academy Award for best picture, is “a weak movie” and “insulting” to Iranians, the country’s envoy to the United Nations said.
There’s scant hope for a breakthrough next week when negotiators from the U.S. and five other nations meet Iranians for long-awaited talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, according to current and former Western and Iranian officials.
Iran sees the turmoil in the Arab world playing to its benefit, with new governments likely to emulate the Islamic Republic’s independence from the U.S. and other Western powers, Iran’s envoy to the United Nations said.