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Syria can meet June 30 chemical weapons deadline: U.N. chief

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he was confident Syria would meet a June 30 deadline to eliminate its entire chemical weapons program under a US-Russian plan. Syria has missed a February 5 deadline to hand over its stockpile of chemical weapons, prompting fears it could fail to fulfill on time the plan which helped avert a U.S.-led missile strike against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Syria vows chemical disarmament despite missed deadlines

Syria's said Wednesday it remains committed to destroying its chemical weapons despite "difficulties" caused by its conflict, as it missed another deadline under an international deal which averted US military action. "Difficulties that Syria faces, particularly in the framework if its fight against terrorism, may at times prevent it from implementing some of its commitments," said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad.

Final nuclear deal possible within six months

Iran's foreign minister said Monday that he believed a final deal with world powers over Tehran's contested nuclear programme was possible within six months. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment in an address to a political think tank in Berlin, a day after pledging good faith in the next round of talks later this month aimed at dispelling Western fears.

Next Iran nuclear talks set for February 18 in Vienna

World powers will hold their next talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme February 18, top Iranian and European Union diplomats agreed during Friday talks. In an initial accord in November, Iran agreed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany (a group known as E3+3) that it would open up its nuclear programme so as to allay fears it was seeking atomic weapons.

Next Iran nuclear talks set for February 18 in Vienna

World powers will hold their next talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme February 18, top Iranian and European Union diplomats agreed during Friday talks. In an initial accord in November, Iran agreed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany (a group known as E3+3) that it would open up its nuclear programme so as to allay fears it was seeking atomic weapons.

Kerry says no excuse for Syrian delay on chemical arms

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Syria had no excuse for delays in ridding itself of chemical weapons, and urged it to move 'very rapidly' to allow them to be shipped out of the country. Reuters reported on Wednesday that Syria had given up less than 5 percent of its chemical arsenal and would miss a deadline next week to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction.

U.S. tells Syria to take immediate steps to remove chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States told Syria on Thursday to take immediate actions to comply with a U.N. resolution to remove its chemical weapons materials saying demands by Damascus for additional equipment were "without merit" and delays were adding to costs. A statement by the United States to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world's chemicals weapons watchdog in The Hague, said just 4 percent of the chemicals declared by Syria had been removed.

Talks on Iran nuclear deal expected in NY in Feb: officials

By Louis Charbonneau and Justyna Pawlak UNITED NATIONS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - - The first round of talks between Iran and six world powers on a long-term deal for Tehran to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual end to sanctions is expected to take place next month in New York, Western officials said on Monday.

Syria ships out more chemical weapons materials

An unspecified amount of chemical weapons materials has been moved out from Syria in the second round of shipments following the first consignment on Jan. 7, according to the joint mission of the chemical weapons watchdog and the United Nations. The chemical materials, verified by joint mission personnel, were loaded in the northwestern port of Latakia onto Danish and Norwegian cargo vessels for onward transportation, they said Monday.

Iran nuclear talks to resume February in New York

Iran and world powers are to resume talks next month in New York on reaching a long-term nuclear deal, a source close to the negotiations told IRNA news agency Monday. "Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group on a definitive agreement will take place in New York at the end of Bahman," the Iranian month that ends on February 19, IRNA quoted the unnamed source as saying.
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