Headquarters in New York September 26, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer By Yeganeh Torbati and Jon Hemming DUBAI | Sun Oct 6, 2013 12:58pm EDT DUBAI (Reuters) – World powers negotiating with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program must come up with new proposals before talks in Geneva on October 15-16, Iran’s foreign minister said. The United States wants Iran to respond to proposals by world powers in February as a starting point for talks. If the parties cannot agree on how to start the negotiations, it casts doubt on whether a resolution can be agreed within the six months in which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he wants a deal. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – plus Germany, the so-called P5+1, said in February they want Iran to stop enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, ship out some stockpiles and shutter a facility where such enrichment is done. In return, they offered relaxation of international sanctions on Iran’s petrochemicals and trade in gold and other precious metals. U.S. officials said last week Secretary of State John Kerry had secured agreement from his Chinese counterpart calling for Iran to respond positively to existing nuclear proposals by the six powers. “The previous P5+1 plan given to Iran belongs to history and they must enter talks with a new point of view,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with Iranian state television late on Saturday. “The players must put away this illusion that they can impose anything on the Iranian people.” The election of Rouhani in June and his appointment of U.S.-educated Zarif as foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator have raised hopes for a solution to the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Western powers believe Iranian enrichment activities are aimed at achieving nuclear weapons capability, whereas Iran insists its program is purely for civilian purposes – generating electricity and for a medical research reactor. “RACE AGAINST TIME” Each side wants the other to make the first move.
00:52 10.06.2013 In his Singles match against Phil Mickelson on the final day of The Presidents Cup 2013, Angel Cabrera holes a 23-foot chip shot on the par-4 14th hole to save par. 00:22 10.06.2013 In his Singles match against Angel Cabrera on the final day of The Presidents Cup 2013, Phil Mickelson skips his second shot on the par-4 14th hole across the water hazard. 01:39 10.06.2013 In his Singles match against Webb Simpson on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 2013, Louis Oosthuizen hits a 44-foot chip shot to 9 feet on the par-4 14th hole and makes the putt for par to get within one. 00:43 results 1 – 10 of 11666 United States Team wins The Presidents Cup 2013 01:32 On the final day of the The Presidents Cup 2013 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, the United States team retains the Cup with Tiger Woods 1-up victory over Richard Sterne in his singles match. 01:32 Schwartzel birdies No. 17 on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 01:18 In his singles match against Keegan Bradley on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 2013, Charl Schwartzel hits his second shot on the par-4 17th hole to 3 feet and makes the putt for birdie to win the match 2&1. 01:18 Leishman pars No. 18 on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 00:52 In his singles match against Matt Kuchar on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 2013, Marc Leishman makes a 15-foot par putt on the par-4 18th hole to win the match 1 up. 00:52 Cabrera pars No. 14 on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 00:22 In his Singles match against Phil Mickelson on the final day of The Presidents Cup 2013, Angel Cabrera holes a 23-foot chip shot on the par-4 14th hole to save par. 00:22 Mickelsons second at No. 14 on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 01:39 In his Singles match against Angel Cabrera on the final day of The Presidents Cup 2013, Phil Mickelson skips his second shot on the par-4 14th hole across the water hazard. 01:39 Oosthuizen pars No. 14 on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 00:43 In his Singles match against Webb Simpson on Day 4 of The Presidents Cup 2013, Louis Oosthuizen hits a 44-foot chip shot to 9 feet on the par-4 14th hole and makes the putt for par to get within one.
___ Jason Day, International, def. Brandt Snedeker, United States, 6 and 4. Day was drilled in singles at Royal Melbourne in his Presidents Cup debut. He made sure that wasn’t the case against Snedeker. Day won the opening hole with a birdie and never trailed, taking advantage of the American’s mistakes. Snedeker lost three holes with bogeys, and Day led by at least 2 up from the third hole on. The match effectively ended when Snedeker hit into the water on the 12th. On the 14th, Day made a 15-foot birdie putt when he only needed two putts for the win. ___ Graham DeLaet, International, def. Jordan Spieth, United States, 1 up. In a tight match, the players halved the opening eight holes until Spieth made a birdie on No. 9 for a 1-up lead. Spieth had the lead three times, only for DeLaet to win the next hole to square the match. It turned in the Canadian’s favor when Spieth missed the green badly on the 16th and DeLaet made par for his first lead.
United States wins 2013 Presidents Cup
Hunter Mahan got things started with a 3 and 2 win over Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Dufner closed Brendon de Jonge 4 and 3 to get the US within two points of the Cup. Then Zach Johnson leaned on Branden Grace to the tune of a 4 and 2 win and the US Team assured itself of a tie. The only question was who would finish it off. Matt Kuchar couldn’t do it, neither could Bill Haas , Jordan Spieth, or Steve Stricker . So the Americans put their fate in the hands of the man you likely want your fate in: Tiger Woods . Woods didn’t trail on the back nine and just parred Richard Sterne to defeat, finally finishing him off with a four on the par-4 18th hole at the end. It’s the third straight time Woods has clinched the Presidents Cup for the US Team. After the match Tiger Woods told Steve Sands of Golf Channel he was really excited about the win. “We gave ourselves a really nice lead going into the singles. It was a tough day. It feels good.” Here’s a look at his clinching putt: The drama was not Ryder Cup-like as the team matches on Thursday and Friday offered much more excitement than anything on Saturday and Sunday. But the end was briefly exciting as the International Team at least made US Team captain Fred Couples think about it for a little bit. After the Cup was over Couples said he would not be back in 2015 as captain.