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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.

Exclusive: Patience runs thin as Syrian chemical handover stalls

By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Western governments are growing impatient with Syria's failure to follow up promptly on a first small shipment of chemical weapons and fear Damascus will miss a deadline to hand over all toxins by mid-2014. Sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is jointly overseeing the destruction process with the United Nations, said the concerns have been raised during internal discussions, but have not yet been reported to the U.N. Security Council.

UN watchdog calls for funds to monitor Iran nuclear freeze

The UN atomic watchdog said Friday it needs 5.5 million euros to monitor Iran's partial nuclear freeze under a landmark deal with world powers struck in November. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, called on member countries to help fund intensive checks over the next six months, the duration of the interim deal.

UN watchdog calls for funds to monitor Iran nuclear freeze

The UN atomic watchdog said Friday it needed 5.5 million euros to monitor Iran's partial nuclear freeze, part of a landmark deal with world powers struck in November. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, called on member countries to help fund intensive checks over the next six months, the duration of the interim deal.

Chemical weapons watchdog says 14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, including firms from America, Europe and China, offering to destroy part of Syria's toxic stockpile. The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, has earmarked up to 40 million euros ($54 million) for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters toxic waste. ($1 = 0.7376 euros)

Chemical weapons watchdog says 14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, including firms from America, Europe and China, offering to destroy part of Syria's toxic stockpile. The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, has earmarked up to 40 million euros ($54 million) for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters toxic waste. ($1 = 0.7376 euros)
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