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  • North Korea tells U.N. agencies it plans satellite launch

    2 weeks ago

    North Korea told U.N. agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country's long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

    News of the planned launch between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25 drew fresh U.S....

  • After nuclear test, U.N. readying new measures against North Korea

    January 6, 2016 | 11:13 am

    The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it would begin working immediately on significant new measures in response to North Korea's fourth nuclear test, a threat diplomats said could mean an expansion of U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.

    North Korea said it successfully...

  • Trump: Iran has violated the nuclear deal

    January 4, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday called on the U.S. to impose sanctions on Iran for violating the nuclear deal.

    Trump started off his speech at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday evening by blasting the Obama administration over the...

  • United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday

    December 18, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    The United Nations will for the first time recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday.

    Starting in 2016, no official meetings will take place on the Jewish day of atonement at the international body’s New York headquarters, and Jewish employees there will be able to miss work...

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  • Rouhani: U.N.‘s closure of probe into Iran’s nuclear past is political victory

    December 16, 2015 | 11:32 am

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday a U.N. watchdog's closure of investigations into Iran's past nuclear activities is a political victory for the country, lifting the main obstacle to implementing Tehran's deal with world powers.

    The 35-nation governing board of the...

  • Iran’s October missile test violated U.N. ban, expert panel says

    December 15, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, a team of sanctions monitors said, leading to calls in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday for more sanctions on Tehran.

    The White House warned that it would not...

  • Iran tested missile, breaching U.N. Security Council resolutions

    December 7, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Iran tested a new medium-range ballistic missile last month in a breach of two U.N. Security Council resolutions, two U.S. officials said on Monday.

    The officials, both speaking on condition of anonymity, said the test was held on Nov. 21. One of them said the missile traveled...

  • Iran made limited coordinated effort towards making nuclear bomb up to end of 2003, IAEA says

    December 2, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Iran made a coordinated, if limited, effort before the end of 2003 relevant to the making of nuclear weapons, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a confidential report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

    The report, required under a July deal between Tehran and six world powers, was...

  • November 29: The Jewish Thanksgiving Day

    By Judea Pearl

    November 24, 2015 | 6:08 pm

    For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare Nov. 29 as the Jewish Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic United Nations vote on Nov. 29, 1947, an event that has changed so dramatically the...

  • Iran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, U.N. report says

    November 18, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Iran has disconnected almost a quarter of its uranium-enriching centrifuges in less than a month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, suggesting it is racing to implement an agreement restricting its nuclear activities. 

    Under the July deal, sanctions against Iran will...

  • Israel blasts Palestinians after accusations of organ-harvesting

    November 4, 2015 | 5:17 pm

    The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday rejected Palestinian allegations that Israel had recently harvested organs from Palestinians its forces had killed, condemning the charges as anti-Semitic.

    In a letter to British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, president of...

  • Ban Ki Moon, Whatever it is You’re Trying to Do - Please Stop.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2015 | 7:15 am

    Yesterday, we got a surprising news alert – The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will stop by for a surprise visit to Israel. After almost three weeks of living under terror threats, having to face biased and misleading coverage of the Palestinian terror attacks aimed at Israeli...

  • Iran deal closer to reality as U.S. prepares sanctions waivers

    October 19, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    The United States approved conditional sanctions waivers for Iran on Sunday, though it cautioned they would not take effect until Tehran has curbed its nuclear program as required under a historic nuclear deal reached in Vienna on July 14.

    "Today marks an important milestone...

  • U.S. confirms Iran tested nuclear-capable ballistic missile

    October 16, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

    "The United States is deeply concerned...

  • U.N. says Iran meets deadline for investigation of nuclear past

    October 15, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Iran has met a deadline to give the U.N. nuclear watchdog information it needs to assess whether Tehran sought to develop nuclear weapons in the past, the agency said on Thursday, a step towards carrying out a deal between Tehran and world powers.

    The apparent progress reported...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    October 12, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

  • Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring

    October 1, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    That was much to the consternation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in his speech before...

  • Palestinian flag raised at UN headquarters for first time

    September 30, 2015 | 5:21 pm

    The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

    The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was attended by diplomats in the U.N.’s Rose Garden shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the U.N....

  • Abbas at UN: Palestinians no longer bound by accords with Israel

    September 30, 2015 | 11:06 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians are no longer bound by agreements with Israel, although he did not outline any plans to abrogate them.

    “We declare that as long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which renders us an...

  • Important quotes from President Obama’s U.N. speech

    September 28, 2015 | 10:39 am

    President Barack Obama addressed a range of global topics in a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Monday, including the war in Syria, where he said the United States was willing to work with Iran and Russia to end the conflict. 

    The following is a selection...

  • Facebook founder calls for universal Internet to help cure global ills

    September 28, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a host of celebrities kicked off a campaign on Saturday to make Internet access universal, saying this was critical to fulfilling the United Nations' newly adopted agenda to combat global ills.

    Calling for efforts to ensure Internet access for...

  • Vatican to raise its flag at United Nations for Pope’s visit

    September 21, 2015 | 9:35 am

    The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday morning ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the world body, the Holy See mission to the United Nations said on Monday.

    Pope Francis is due to address the United Nations in New York on Friday during his...

  • #ShareHumanity: Graceful in New York City on September 11

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 20, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    On September 11, 2015, I was in New York City. I walked around the city and remembered how I had been in NYC on September 11, 2001. I was grateful that my family and I were okay on that day years ago and now. The travel company I was working for in 2001 went bankrupt within two...

  • Experts urge release of details of IAEA inspection at Iran site

    September 18, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Several nuclear security experts are urging the United Nations nuclear watchdog and world powers to release details of how a sensitive Iranian military site will be inspected as part of a landmark nuclear deal reached in July.

    The experts, with long experience in international...

  • UN nuclear watchdog rejects plan on monitoring of Israeli sites

    September 17, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    The International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Assembly rejected a proposal to require the monitoring of Israel’s nuclear sites.

    Titled “Israeli nuclear capabilities,” the resolution was defeated Thursday in Vienna by a vote of 61-43. Egypt submitted the proposal to the United...

  • Iran may have built extension at disputed site, U.N. nuclear watchdog says

    August 27, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday, as part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Tehran's past nuclear activity.

    A resolution of the International Atomic...

  • Iran deal: From rip-off to swindle?

    By David Suissa

    August 20, 2015 | 11:16 am

    I didn't think the Iran deal could get any worse. I didn't think I would find any more loopholes that would make it even easier for the Iranians to cheat and get away with it. Then, this morning, I read this extraordinary news item from the Associated Press in our Jewish Insider...

  • IAEA says report Iran to inspect own military site is ‘misrepresentation’

    August 20, 2015 | 10:31 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief on Thursday rejected as "a misrepresentation" suggestions Iran would inspect its own Parchin military site on the agency's behalf, an issue that could help make or break Tehran's nuclear deal with big powers.

    Without International Atomic Energy...

  • AP: Iran has side agreement with UN allowing it to do its own nuke inspections

    August 19, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Iran has a secret agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency enabling it to choose its own experts to inspect its Parchin nuclear site.

    In a finding that could have implications for the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the United...

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