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Iran lodges complaint against United States over U.N. envoy ban: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has complained to the United Nations about the United States refusing to grant a visa to its newly appointed U.N. ambassador over his role in the 1979 hostage crisis, state news agency IRNA said on Sunday. Hamid Abutalebi has said that he acted only as a translator during the 444-day crisis when radical Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage.

Iran insists on choice for U.N. envoy, says pursues case: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday dismissed a U.S. decision to deny a visa to its proposed new envoy to the United Nations, saying it would take up the case directly with the United Nations. "We do not have a replacement for Mr. Abutalebi and we will pursue the matter via legal mechanisms anticipated in the United Nations," Abbas Araghchi, a senior Foreign Ministry official and top nuclear negotiator, was quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency as saying.

Iran leader says nuclear talks should continue: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran should continue talks with world powers to end a long-running nuclear dispute, but without ceding any of the gains made by its nuclear programme, the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader was reported as saying on Wednesday. Iran's negotiators should not yield to issues "forced upon them", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in remarks to nuclear scientists in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported. He added that Washington knew well that the Islamic Republic was not seeking a nuclear weapon.

Iran says nuclear talks 'very successful' in clarifying issues

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said nuclear talks with six world powers this week were "very successful" in terms of clarifying the issues involved, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

Iran raps Ashton for 'unsanctioned' meet with activists

Iran on Monday criticised European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over an "unsanctioned" meeting she held with rights activists, although newspapers hailed her weekend visit to Tehran. "Contact with (civil) society is recognised in diplomatic protocol so long as it does not constitute interference in internal affairs and respects customs," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkhan said. She said that "such incidents do not help relations".

Iran agrees to 'framework' for final nuclear talks

A senior Iranian negotiator said Thursday that Tehran has agreed on a "framework" for talks with world powers aimed at reaching a comprehensive nuclear accord, the official IRNA news agency reported. "After two days of intensive talks, Iran and world powers reached an agreement on the framework and plan of action for the comprehensive nuclear talks," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Iran agrees to 'framework' for final nuclear talks

A senior Iranian negotiator said Thursday that Tehran has agreed on a "framework" for talks with world powers aimed at reaching a comprehensive nuclear accord, the official IRNA news agency reported. "After two days of intensive talks, Iran and world powers reached an agreement on the framework and plan of action for the comprehensive nuclear talks," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Iran says agreed on framework for final nuclear talks

A senior Iranian negotiator said Thursday that Tehran has agreed on a framework for talks with world powers aimed at reaching a comprehensive nuclear accord, the official IRNA news agency reported. "After two days of intensive talks, Iran and world powers reached an agreement on the framework and plan of action for the comprehensive nuclear talks," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by IRNA. str/cyj/jk

Iran says agreed on framework for final nuclear talks

A senior Iranian negotiator said Thursday that Tehran has agreed on a framework for talks with world powers aimed at reaching a comprehensive nuclear accord, the official IRNA news agency reported. "After two days of intensive talks, Iran and world powers reached an agreement on the framework and plan of action for the comprehensive nuclear talks," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by IRNA. str/cyj/jk

State TV delays scheduled address by Iran's Rouhani

A scheduled television address by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was aired nearly an hour late on Wednesday after what the official IRNA news agency said was a block by the state broadcasting chief. No explanation was given for the unexpected disruption, but Rouhani's twitter feed pointed the finger at Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) chief Ezatollah Zarghami.
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