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Why Iran Should Appoint a New Ambassador to the UN?

Iran’s decision to resist replacing Hamid Aboutalebi, as the Islamic Republic’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, is only increasing frustrations both in Tehran and Washington.

Widely considered a moderate diplomat, Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to

Iran Will Not Discuss Its Ballistic Missiles Program

Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday.

The remarks by Gen. Hossein Dehghan came as a rebuff of recent comments by U.S. State Department’s

President Rouhani was in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan in southeastern Iran on April 15. To the cheering crowds who met him, he proclaimed: “We don’t have second-class citizens; all Iranians are equal.”

Rouhani thanked local Sunni and Shi’ite leaders and the people of Sistan and

Iran Expects Next Payment Under Nuclear Deal, Signaling Compliance

Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran’s compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program.

Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said

Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have seen little in the way of a boost from the sanctions relief they had been expecting, trade lawyers and diplomatic analysts say.

Whether

Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations in New York surprised the administration of US President Barack Obama. The nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi, a high-profile Iranian diplomat and advisor to President Hassan Rouahni, has caused such controversy recently because of his

The Aboutalebi Affair in Context

The Obama administration has to perform a balancing act in handling the Iran account. One one hand it has the task, along with its diplomatic partners, of completing negotiations with Iran of an agreement to place unprecedented limits on the Iranian nuclear program to assure that it remains

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