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Iran's Rouhani names replacements for rejected nominees

Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani named three new ministers on Sunday to replace nominees rejected by the conservative-dominated parliament in August, Iranian media reported. Rouhani made a last-minute change to his pick for the science, research and technology portfolio for fear of a new rejection by MPs.

France will stay 'tough' on Iran, Hollande soothes Netanyahu

France will remain "tough" with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme, President Francois Hollande reassured Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday after the Israeli premier warned Paris of succumbing to the charms of Tehran. The French president told Netanyahu in a telephone call that France would wait to see if the more moderate politics of Iran's new leader Hassan Rouhani, who replaced hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, would translate in his "actions", the Elysee palace said.

Iran wants P5+1 top diplomats at nuclear talks

Iran wants the six world powers negotiating over its controversial nuclear drive to send top diplomats to crunch talks in Geneva next week, the official news agency IRNA reported Friday. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to lead Iran's nuclear team at a new round of negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group of the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany on October 15 and 16.

EU plays down deadline for Iran talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday played down Iran's calls for a nuclear accord within a year, saying that technical work will take time. Iran's new moderate leadership said last week that major powers had agreed to seek a deal within 12 months on Tehran's disputed nuclear program after landmark contact between the Islamic republic and the United States.

EU plays down deadline for Iran talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday played down Iran's calls for a nuclear accord within a year, saying that technical work will take time. Iran's new moderate leadership said last week that major powers had agreed to seek a deal within 12 months on Tehran's disputed nuclear program after landmark contact between the Islamic republic and the United States.

World powers set to test apparent Iranian willingness to resolve nuclear dispute

Foreign ministers from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany will meet with Iran's top diplomat on Thursday to test the Islamic Republic's apparent willingness to reach a deal to resolve international concerns about its nuclear program after years of defiance.

Rowhani's Holocaust condemnation not enough

Israeli officials on Wednesday brushed aside Iranian President Hassan Rowhani's condemnation of the Holocaust as insufficient, saying he ought also to have condemned those who deny the Nazi genocide. Rowhani told CNN, after addressing the UN General Assembly late on Tuesday, that the extermination of Jews in World War II was "reprehensible," in a new sign of a radical change by the Tehran government. Rowhani's predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a strident critic of Israel and repeatedly questioned the Holocaust.

Iran's new president calls Holocaust 'reprehensible'

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday condemned the Holocaust as "reprehensible" in a new sign of a radical change by the Tehran government. "Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis created toward the Jews, is reprehensible and condemnable," the newly elected leader told CNN in an interview. "Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews we condemn. The taking of human life is contemptible," he said, according to the US broadcaster's translation.

Iran ready for nuke talks, new president says in 1st U.N. address

Recently elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reached out to the United States and other Western countries on Tuesday at the United Nations and said Tehran is ready to restart stalled talks about its nuclear program. Iran is "prepared to engage immediately in time-bound and result-orientated talks to build mutual confidence and removal of mutual uncertainties with full transparency," Rouhani told a gathering of world leaders at the 68th General Assembly in New York.

France wants 'concrete gestures' from Iran on nuclear plans

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Ahead of a meeting with Iran's president, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday he expects "concrete gestures" by Iran to show it will give up a military nuclear program. Hollande is due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani later on Tuesday on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
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