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Haley Urges UN to Challenge Iranian Actions After Trump Decision

Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council to consider a wide range of Iran’s “destabilizing” actions in the Middle East in an early test of whether President Donald Trump’s toughening position on the Islamic Republic is alienating allies and leaving the U.S. isolated internationally.

Europeans Plan to Keep Calm and Carry On With Iran Deal

If Donald Trump declares Friday that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal isn’t in the U.S. interest, the likely reaction from European allies may be best captured by a famous British slogan from World War II: “Keep calm and carry on.”

Proxy War Over Iran Nuclear Deal Divides U.S., Europe at UN

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce whether he’ll certify Iran’s compliance with the deal to curb its nuclear program, U.S. and European negotiators at the United Nations are on another collision course -- this time over the Islamic Republic’s human rights record.

How Trump Wants to Build a New Iran Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump has been complaining about the Iran nuclear deal, struck in 2015 after countless late nights and serial missed deadlines, since before he became the U.S. president in January. As a candidate, he promised to scrap or renegotiate the agreement, in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions related to it. Recently, Trump has suggested that he won’t certify to Congress that the Iran deal is in U.S. national security interests in advance of an

Key Senator Lays Out a Path for Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal

A key U.S. senator long opposed to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran offered a path for President Donald Trump to distance himself from the accord without immediately quitting it, imposing new sanctions or carrying out military action.

Iran Says Tougher Inspections of Nuclear Program Come in 6 Years

Iran’s foreign minister said the country is willing to formally accept a tougher nuclear inspection regime in six years, while continuing to rule out any renegotiation of a 2015 agreement U.S. President Donald Trump has called an “embarrassment” and “the worst deal ever.”

UN Reveals Images of a Haley-Tillerson Rivalry Both Deny Waging

It’s among the most persistent parlor games in Washington: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is said to be ready to bolt -- or be fired -- at any moment. And Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, may already be angling to take his slot.

Lavrov Blames `Small-Minded' Obama for U.S.-Russia Divisions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out at former U.S. President Barack Obama for planting a “time bomb” that has deepened the worst rift between the two powers since the Cold War and frustrated cooperation in addressing global crises from Iran to North Korea.

Trump Urges Help for Myanmar's Rohingya Amid Violent Crackdown

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked his national security advisers to find ways to help end violence that’s driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, according to United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Iranian President Blasts U.S. Effort to Change Nuclear Deal

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any U.S.-led effort to alter the 2015 nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump has labeled “the worst deal ever” and signaled he may walk away from, a move the Islamic Republic’s leader said would only damage U.S. credibility.

Trump Says He’s Made His Iran Deal Decision

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out the U.S. case to European allies about flaws in the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, hours after President Donald Trump said he’s made his decision about whether to walk away from the pact -- but wouldn’t reveal what it was.

Haley to Join Tillerson at Iran Nuclear Deal Meeting at UN

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, will join a meeting of foreign ministers responsible for the Iran nuclear deal that President Donald Trump has called an “embarrassment to the United States” and “the worst deal ever."

UN Chief Condemns North Korea Threat, Prods U.S. on Climate Deal

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test as a "grave threat" to world peace and called on all countries to step up efforts to enforce Security Council sanctions imposed on Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Haley’s UN Brinkmanship Comes With Advice by Long-Time Pollster

As Nikki Haley confronts her biggest test so far as U.S. envoy to the UN -- persuading the Security Council to further tighten sanctions on North Korea -- she’s leaning on a key adviser with little foreign policy experience: her South Carolina pollster.

U.S. Is Said to Seek a Ban on Crude Oil to North Korea at UN

The U.S. is circulating a draft resolution at the United Nations that would bar crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation’s exports of textiles and prohibit employment of its guest workers by other countries, according to a diplomat at the world body.

Haley Compares Iran to North Korea in Criticizing Nuclear Accord

The Trump administration laid out its rationale for possibly walking away from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, declaring that the Islamic Republic’s ballistic-missile program violates UN resolutions and threatens to make the country “the next North Korea.”

Israel Seeks UN's Respect in Push for Security Council Seat

Outreach to Africa, educational trips for foreign diplomats and a more conciliatory Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make it clear: Israel is campaigning to overcome its acrimonious relationship with the United Nations in time to win a coveted spot on the Security Council next year.

Tillerson Seeks to Calm Tension in Asia After Trump’s Korea Remarks

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to ease concerns that the U.S. was heading toward a military confrontation with North Korea after President Donald Trump rattled global markets with his warning that he could unleash “fire and fury” against Kim Jong Un’s regime.

UN Security Council Sets Harsh New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council imposed the “most stringent” sanctions on North Korea that would ban exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood in response to Pyongyang’s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month that could target the U.S.

U.S. Says European Allies Back Protest at UN on Iran Rocket

The U.S. says it persuaded France, Germany and the U.K. to join in signing a letter of protest to the United Nations Security Council about Iran’s “threatening and provocative” launch last week of a rocket that can carry a satellite into space.

Qatar Seeks UN Help as Dispute With Saudi-Led Alliance Drags On

Qatar wants the United Nations to have a greater role in resolving its standoff with a Saudi-led alliance after U.S. and U.K. efforts to find a solution among the parties reached an impasse, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said.

Mattis Says U.S., North Korea Not Near War After ICBM Test

North Korea’s launch of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. doesn’t necessarily bring the two nations closer to war, Defense Secretary James Mattis said, even as President Donald Trump announced that he’s weighing some "pretty severe things" in response.

U.S. Threatens Trade With Countries Over Support for North Korea

The U.S. threatened trade ties with countries that continue to do business with North Korea following Pyongyang’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a warning to China and other nations the administration says aren’t doing enough to rein in Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Iran's Rouhani Is on Course for Landslide Election Win

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on course for a landslide victory giving him a second term in office, a result that would deal a blow to hardliners seeking to derail his policies of a greater engagement with the world.