If Hamid Aboutalebi really represented a credible threat to the securiy of the US a plausible case could be made for the latter’s flouting of i(...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of talks in Vienna yesterday. Iran and six world powers began a new round of negotiations aimed at settling the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme by late July. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Iran defended its nomination as ambassador to the United Nations yesterday after hawks in the US senate passed legislation to ban the official (...)