Iran defends spy trial of US journalist

Iran hit back on Thursday at US charges that the trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on spying charges lacked transparency, with Tehran insisting its judiciary is independent.

US team heads to new round of Iran nuclear talks Wednesday

 Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman will lead a US delegation to Vienna May 13 to join the next round of negotiations on finalizing an Iran nuclear accord, the State Department said Monday.

China needs to play by international norms, says US official

A senior bureaucrat of the Obama administration, who is currently on a visit to New Delhi, has said China needs to play by international rules and norms, or it will continue to be politically and economically stalemated.

US asks India to go slow in boosting ties with Iran

The United States wants India and other countries to wait for a final nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers before actively engaging with Tehran, US Under Secretary Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday.

North Korea steps up threats over drills; U.S. Congress advances sanctions bill

North Korea ramped up threatening language against the United States on Friday, days before the start of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, while a bill to stiffen sanctions against Pyongyang advanced in the U.S. Congress.

Iran calls nuclear talks "very useful"; next meeting in Jan

Iran`s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday he had had "very useful and helpful" nuclear negotiations with major powers in Geneva.

Slim chances of Iran nuclear deal by deadline: Diplomat

A deal on Iran`s contested nuclear programme before a November 24 deadline is highly unlikely, a Western diplomat close to negotiations said on Monday.

Iran's current uranium enrichment not acceptable: US

Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said Tuesday ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers.

US, Iran hold second day of nuclear talks in Geneva

US and Iranian officials were meeting for a second day of negotiations in Switzerland on Friday as they work towards hammering out a full nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline.

US sees ``steady`` progress in Iran n-talks

The chief US negotiator in Iran nuclear talks Tuesday cited "significant and steady" progress over the past six months, but would not say whether the negotiations would be further extended.

US vows strict monitoring of any Iran nuclear deal

US officials pledged Tuesday that any deal struck with Iran would include a strict monitoring regime to thwart any bid by Iranian leaders to covertly try to develop nuclear weapons.

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

Obama administration`s chief nuclear negotiator refused on Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

Israel says Iran nuclear deal unlikely by July 20 deadline

Israel does not expect world powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran by a late July deadline, a government minister said on Friday, accusing Tehran of maintaining a "hard line" at talks under way in Vienna.

Boko Haram hinders Nigeria`s development: US

Boko Haram`s brutal Islamist insurgency has stalled Nigeria`s development, inflamed ethnic tensions, a senior US diplomat said.

`US hoping to further strategic ties with India during Kerry visit`

Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said Washington is looking forward to furthering its ties with India.

Ahead of Kerry`s visit, Sherman will travel to India

Sherman will travel to Hyderabad on May 25 to engage with private sector leaders on furthering US-India economic cooperation and innovation, the State Department said.

Extradition request for Headley to be decided soon: US

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said that India`s request for extradition of David Headley was under consideration.