Kate Dourian, Platts
The administration of former US president George W. Bush offered to drop oil and gas sanctions against Iran in the summer of 2008 in return for a six-week suspension of uranium enrichment, an offer that Tehran rejected, American-Iranian council president Hooshang Amirahmadi said Tuesday.
Amirahmadi, speaking at the Middle East Petroleum and Gas conference in Dubai, said he was involved in the exchanges between Washington and Tehran.
Edward Wong, The New York Times
A senior Chinese naval officer said that China would unveil its nuclear submarines to the public on Thursday as part of an international review of the country’s naval fleet "aimed at promoting understanding about China's military development," according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency.
Henry A. Kissinger, The Washington Post
The vast diplomatic agenda that the Obama administration has adopted will test its ability to harmonize national priorities such as relations with Iran and North Korea with global and multilateral concerns. President Obama has come into office at a moment of unique opportunity.
A top Russian official on Tuesday accused the new US administration of intensifying missile defence plans and warned that Moscow sees no basis for big cuts to its nuclear arsenal.
Russia's foreign minister has arrived in North Korea, where he is expected to urge the leadership to return to talks on its nuclear disarmament.
Richard Lardner, Associated Press
The United Arab Emirates is wise to the ways of Washington. With Capitol Hill soon to review a deal to send American nuclear power technology to the U.A.E., the oil-rich nation has enlisted a pair of heavyweight lobbying firms to convince lawmakers the agreement won't be a boost to neighboring Iran's pursuit of atomic weapons.