US ‘ready’ for nuclear talks with Iran… with precondition of addressing ‘regional issues’

The Joe Biden administration said it’s willing to sit down with Iran to discuss renewing the 2015 nuclear pact, though a senior US official noted the talks must cover other “regional issues” – a potential deal-breaker for Tehran. “The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting […]

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‘It will be a challenging year’: Russia’s minister of justice talks to RT about legal battle with ‘Yukos oligarchs’ & 2021 outlook

With the Yukos case set to grab international headlines, early next year, Russian Minister of Justice Konstantin Chuychenko explained to RT the country’s stance on this issue, which is subject to a $50 billion claim. It’s now expected that Russia’s cassation appeal against the ruling of the The Hague Court of Appeals, which has denied […]

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Head of Afghan peace process visits Pakistan as talks continue – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan official overseeing Kabul’s efforts to forge a deal with the Taliban arrived Monday for a three-day visit to Pakistan, the influential neighbour considered vital to the peace process. Abdullah Abdullah, previously Afghanistan’s chief executive, was meeting senior officials in Islamabad for the first time as chair of his country’s High Council for […]

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Belarus Opposition Leader Criticizes Putin’s Talks With ‘Usurper’ Lukashenko – The Moscow Times

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskya has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to hold talks with “usurper” Alexander Lukashenko rather than the Belarusian people. Tikhanovskaya’s statement comes ahead of one-on-one talks between Putin and Lukashenko in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday. The talks follow a month of mass protests that broke out […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Exclusive: Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated US drones sources

The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six US sources familiar with the negotiations, aircraft that can keep watch over huge swathes of sea and land. The SeaGuardian surveillance drones have a range of 6,000 nautical miles (11,100 km), far […]

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Trump Says He Avoided Punishing China Over Uighur Camps to Protect Trade Talks

President Trump said he resisted punishing China for its mass internment of ethnic Uighurs last year for fear of jeopardizing trade talks with Beijing, a blunt admission of his transactional approach to human rights and willingness to subordinate other U.S. policy priorities to a potential trade deal he considers vital to his re-election. In an […]

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Opening Nuclear Talks With Russia, U.S. May Also Be Ending Them – The Moscow Times

The United States and Russia on Monday open talks on their last major nuclear agreement — but for some observers, it may simply be the beginning of the end. President Donald Trump’s administration has insisted, to no avail, that China join the discussions in Vienna on New START, the treaty that caps U.S. and Russian […]

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Trump warns of ‘complete decoupling’ from China despite talks – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Thursday the United States had the option to separate from China’s deeply intertwined economy, despite the powers’ pledges to move forward on a trade deal. The US “certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China. Thank you!” Trump tweeted. It was not Ambassador […]

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U.S. Withdraws From Global Digital Tax Talks

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has suspended fraught international tax negotiations with European countries and warned that it will retaliate if they move forward with plans to impose new taxes on American technology companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google. The decision, conveyed in a letter from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to European finance ministers last […]

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