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Iran plans to replace U.N. ambassador in New York

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has selected a new ambassador to represent Tehran at the United Nations, Hamid Abutalebi, a veteran diplomat who has held key European postings in the past, Iranian sources said. Abutalebi, who has served as Iran's ambassador to Italy, Belgium and Australia, was chosen to replace Iran's outgoing ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, sources said. Khazaee's departure was previously announced.

Iran 'destabilising actions' source of concern

Iran and its "destabilising actions" in the Middle East remain a source of concern for Washington despite progress in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme, a top US official said Friday. Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes made the comments to reporters accompanying Barack Obama on his visit to Saudi Arabia, during which the US president will be seeking to assure Saudi officials that Washington has not changed its policy on Iran.

Iran 'destabilising actions' source of concern

Iran and its "destabilising actions" in the Middle East remain a source of concern for Washington despite progress in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme, a top US official said Friday. Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes made the comments to reporters accompanying Barack Obama on his visit to Saudi Arabia, during which the US president will be seeking to assure Saudi officials that Washington has not changed its policy on Iran.

Iran warns Pakistan after abducted soldier feared executed

Tehran on Wednesday issued a warning to Islamabad after reports emerged that an Iranian soldier abducted and taken across the border into Pakistan by Sunni extremists had been executed. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed "grave concern" about the fate of Jamshid Danayifar, who was kidnapped along with four other border guards on February 6 by rebel group Jaish-ul Adl. "We did all we could to secure their release," Zarif told state television after a cabinet meeting.

Fake U.S. ship spotted in Gulf is a movie set, Iranian media say

DUBAI (Reuters) - A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier spotted near the coast of Iran is nothing more sinister than a movie set, Iranian media said on Sunday. The New York Times, quoting U.S. intelligence, said last week that the Iranians were building a mock-up of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, possibly so they could then blow it up for propaganda purposes.

Obama urges Iran to seize opportunity of nuclear talks

US President Barack Obama urged the "entire" Iranian government Thursday to seize on nuclear talks with world powers to end Tehran's economic isolation. Obama made a direct effort to build political support among Iranians in favor of the nuclear diplomacy led by the government of President Hassan Rouhani in an annual video message marking Nowruz new year celebrations. Obama noted that Iranians elected the comparatively moderate Rouhani last year to strengthen the economy, improve their lives and engage constructively with the world.

Obama urges Iran to seize opportunity of nuclear talks

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the "entire" government in Tehran to seize on nuclear talks with world powers to end Iran's economic isolation. Obama made what appeared to be a direct effort to build political pressure among Iranians in favor of the nuclear diplomacy led by the government of President Hassan Rouhani in an annual video message marking Nowruz, new year celebrations.

Obama calls on Iran to seize opportunity of nuclear talks

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the "entire" government in Tehran to seize on nuclear talks with world powers to end Iran's economic isolation. Obama made what appeared to be a direct effort to build political pressure among Iranians in favor of the nuclear diplomacy led by the government of President Hassan Rouhani in an annual video message to Iranians, marking the Nowruz, new year celebrations.

Americas News Agenda for March 20

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Thursday: + UN Security Council consults on Iran sanctions + President Obama talks economy in Florida UNITED NATIONS: The Security Council holds consultations on sanctions imposed on Iran, one day after the Islamic republic and world powers completed what both sides called a "substantive" round of nuclear talks. 1900 GMT. (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-UN)

Americas News Agenda for March 20

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Thursday: + UN Security Council consults on Iran sanctions + President Obama talks economy in Florida UNITED NATIONS: The Security Council holds consultations on sanctions imposed on Iran, one day after the Islamic republic and world powers completed what both sides called a "substantive" round of nuclear talks. 1900 GMT. (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-UN)
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