WASHINGTON, April 29, 2007 (AFP) - US and EU leaders gather Monday at the White House to boost economic ties but harbor little hope of striking an accord on the increasingly divisive issue of global warming and how to combat it.
Today on line.com-The United States wants to make it harder for nations to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a US official said as an NPT conference was to open Monday amid increasing tension over Iran.
Washington is also hoping to avoid bickering between developed and developing nations at the 188-nation, two-week conference in Vienna, US head of delegation Christopher Ford told AFP in an interview Sunday.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice never once used the word "isolate" in connection with Iran during her three appareances on Sunday political talk shows. That may be some kind of a record, since Rice rarely misses an opportunity to call for isolating Tehran until it abandons its uranium-enrichment activities and its support for radical groups in the Middle East. But it would be hard for Rice to demand the isolation of Iran when, in a dramatic course correction approved by President Bush, the Secretary of State plans to sit across a table with her Iranian counterpart, Manoucher Mottaki, at a conclave of Middle Eastern foreign ministers focused on stabilizing Iraq.
"I will not rule out that we may encounter each other," she said.
KABUL, April 29, 2007 (AFP) - Afghanistan Sunday called on neighbouring Iran to stop repatriating tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, saying the destitute country could not afford to resettle them.
UPI Energy Correspondent
BERLIN (UPI) -- Washington has protested an Austrian oil and gas firm's investment plans in Iran. However, the Americans won't have much influence on the deal, observers say.
OMV, Central Europe's largest oil and gas firm, announced last Saturday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran to jointly develop parts of the gigantic South Pars gas field and cooperate with Iran in producing liquefied natural gas.