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Trump leaves Iran diplomacy door open after Macron's Zarif gambit

Trump leaves Iran diplomacy door open after Macron's Zarif gambitU.S. President Donald Trump appeared to leave a window open for diplomacy with Iran on Monday after French President Emmanuel Macron flew in Iran’s foreign minister to a G7 summit in an effort to reduce U.S.-Iranian tensions. European leaders have struggled to tamp down the brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States since Trump pulled Washington out of world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and reimposed sanctions on the Iranian economy. Zarif held talks with Macron and British and German officials before returning home.



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Iran FM: US sanctions against him 'failure' for diplomacy

Iran FM: US sanctions against him 'failure' for diplomacyIran’s foreign minister on Monday lambasted recent U.S. financial sanctions against him, calling the move a “failure” for diplomacy amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. administration last week announced sanctions on Zarif, a month after President Donald Trump had imposed similar sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.



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Iran vows to secure Strait of Hormuz, urges diplomacy

Iran vows to secure Strait of Hormuz, urges diplomacyIran will secure the Strait of Hormuz and not allow any disturbance in shipping in the key oil transport waterway, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday during a visit to Paris, the state new agency IRNA reported. France, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark support a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday, after Britain proposed the idea following Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. “Iran will use its best efforts to secure the region, particularly the Strait of Hormuz, and will not allow any disturbance in shipping in this sensitive area,” Araqchi told French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, IRNA reported.



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DMZ diplomacy: Kim accepts Trump invite to meet at border

DMZ diplomacy: Kim accepts Trump invite to meet at borderPresident Donald Trump will meet Sunday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone separating the North and South, a day after he issued an unprecedented invitation and expressed willingness to cross the border for what would be a history-making photo op. South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that Kim accepted Trump's invitation to meet when the U.S. president visits the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. Trump said he looked forward to meeting with Kim, but sought to tamp down expectations, predicting it would be "very short," he said.



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UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy – Tweet

UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy - TweetIran said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week. Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.



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Iran has no right to answer diplomacy 'with military force': US

Iran has no right to answer diplomacy 'with military force': USThe US said Friday Iran has no right to respond to diplomacy “with military force”, a day after Tehran shot down a US reconnaissance drone over the Strait of Hormuz. “Our diplomacy does not give Iran the right to respond with military force,” Brian Hook, the US special representative on Iran, told reporters in Saudi Arabia.



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U.S. says North Korea diplomacy 'very much alive,' but it's watching rocket site

U.S. says North Korea diplomacy 'very much alive,' but it's watching rocket siteStephen Biegun told a conference in Washington that although U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un parted on good terms after their Feb. 27-28 summit in Hanoi, big gaps remained between the two sides and North Korea needed to show it was fully committed to giving up its nuclear weapons. Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, stressed that U.S.-led sanctions, which Pyongyang wants dropped, would stay in place until North Korea completed denuclearization.



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US, South Korea end spring military drills to back diplomacy

US, South Korea end spring military drills to back diplomacySEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.



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After summit diplomacy collapse, what's Donald Trump's North Korea Plan B?

After summit diplomacy collapse, what's Donald Trump's North Korea Plan B?In the aftermath of the scrapped Hanoi summit, it's time to formulate a new plan for dealing with the strategic challenge posed by the Kim regime.



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Hailing diplomacy, Trump announces new N.Korea summit in Vietnam

Hailing diplomacy, Trump announces new N.Korea summit in VietnamUS President Donald Trump, boasting of a new style of diplomacy aimed at ending perpetual conflicts, announced Tuesday that his second summit with North Korea will take place this month in Vietnam and reported headway in talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban. Delivering his annual State of the Union address to Congress after being politically battered by a partial government shutdown, Trump hailed the fruits of his outreach to North Korea and seized on the drama of the nationally broadcast speech to reveal his long-planned second meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Trump said he would meet the elusive young leader on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam, although he did not specify the venue.



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