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EU says no guaranteed
success in nuclear deal

Iranian President
advocates energy
and transportation
cooperation with EU
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The
European Union's foreign policy
chief said Sunday that there is
"no guarantee" that Iran and
world powers will reach a final
deal over the country's nuclear
Catherine Ashton was in Teh-
ran for meetings with Iranian
officials on ongoing negotiations
over the country's nuclear pro-
gram, as well as the civil war
in Syria and other issues. She
spoke to reporters in a jointbrief-
ing with Iran's foreign minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Separately, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani advocated pur-
suing "new relations" with Euro-
pean countries that for years
have been at odds, alongside the
United States, with Tehran over
Iran's disputed nuclear program.
"Besides ongoing nuclear talks
that should be driven ahead,

there are other suitable fields in
which both Iran and European
Union can consider push rela-
tions and cooperation ahead,"
the president said in remarks
quoted by his website. He sug-
gested energy and transportation
Under an interim deal in
November, Iran agreed to limit
a key nuclear activity, uranium
enrichment, in return for easing
sanctions by the West.
Negotiations for a final deal
are ongoing. Ashton leads the six-
nation group - the U.S., Britain,
France, Russia, China and Ger-
many - in talks with Iran.
"I think this interim agree-
ment is really important, but
not as important as the compre-
hensive agreement that we are
currently engaged in. Difficult,
challenging, there's no guarantee
we'll succeed," she said.
Zarif said Iran will only accept
a deal that respects its "rights," a
referenceto uraniumenrichment
on its soil, while reiterating Iran's
longstanding position that his
country is not pursuing nuclear
"Iran will only accept a solu-

tion that is respectful, that
respects the rights of the Iranian
people," he said.
"At the same time Iran finds it
in its own interest to make sure
that there are no ambiguities
about Iran's intentions, because
we have no intention to seek
nuclear weapons."
The two said they had also
discussed fighting terrorism,
drug trafficking, and conflicts
in Afghanistan and Syria. Iran
is a key ally of Syrian President
Bashar Assad.
Under the historic deal, Iran
agreed to halt its 20 percent
enrichment program, but will
continue enrichment up to 5
percent. It also will convert
half of its stockpile of 20 per-
cent enriched uranium to oxide,
and dilute the remaining half
to 5 percent. Enrichment to 20
percent is a possible pathway to
nuclear arms.
The West suspects Iran's
nuclear program has a mili-
tary dimension. Iran denies the
charge, saying its nuclear activi-
ties are aimed at peaceful pur-
poses like power generation and
medical treatment.

A U.S. Navy helicopter lands aboard Destroyer USS Pinckney during a crew swap before returning to a search and rescue
mission for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand, Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Int'l teams may have found
missing Mala..ysia jet's door

Biden accusesVenezuela of
concocting' stories about U.S.

U.S. objects
to Venezuelan
declaration of
solidarity by OAS
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)
- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
calls Venezuela's, situation
alarming in remarks published
Sunday, suggesting its govern-
ment is using "armed vigilantes"
against peaceful protesters and
accusing it-of "concocting false
and outlandish conspiracy theo-
ries" about the United States.
Biden's remarks, issued in
writing to a Chilean newspaper
in response to questions, drew
an angry rebuke from Venezu-
elan President Nicolas Maduro.

"We reject their aggression,"
President Maduro told sup-
porters at a rally the socialist-
led government held at the
presidential palace. "They were
defeated in the OAS and now
they want revenge."
The U.S. had strongly object-
ed to a declaration of solidar-
ity for Venezuela issued by
the Organization of American
States on Friday night.
Washington said the decla-
ration contradicted the OAS
charter, in part, by stressing
non-intervention in Venezuela
over guaranteeing that human
rights and free speech are
respected there. Twenty-nine
states voted in favor of Friday
night's declaration with only
the United States, Canada and
Panama objecting.

"The situation in Venezu-
ela reminds me of previous
eras, when strongmen governed
through violence and oppres-
sion; and human rights, hyper-
inflation, scarcity, and grinding
poverty wrought havoc on the
people of the hemisphere,"
Biden told El Mercurio.
"The situation in Venezuela is
alarming," he wrote. "Confront-
ing peaceful protesters with
force and in some cases with
armed vigilantes; limiting the
freedoms of press and assembly
necessary for legitimate politi-
cal debate; demonizing and
arresting political opponents;
and dramatically tightening
restrictions on the media" is not
what Washington expects from
a signatory to international
human rights treaties.

Authorities still
searching for
answers in case of
missing airliner
(AP) - Vietnamese aircraft spot-
ted what they suspected was one
of the doors of a missing Boeing
777 on Sunday, while troubling
questions emerged about how two
passengers managed to board the
ill-fated aircraft using stolen pass-
Interpol confirmed it knew
about the stolen passports but said
no authorities checked its vast
databases on stolen documents
before the Boeing jetliner depart-
ed Saturday from Kuala Lumpur
en route to Beijing with 239 people
on board.
Warning "only a handful of
countries" routinely make such
checks, Interpol secretary gen-
eral Ronald Noble chided authori-
ties for "waiting for a tragedy to
put prudent security measures
in place at borders and boarding
More than two days after
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
went missing, the final minutes
before its disappearance remained
a mystery. The plane lost contact

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where between Malaysia and
However, searchers in a low-
flying plane spotted an object that
appeared to be one of the plane's
doors, the state-run Thanh Nien
newspaper said, citing the deputy
chiefofstaffofVietnam's army, Lt.
Gen. Vo Van Tuan.
Two ships from the maritime
police were headed to the site
about 60 miles (90 kilometers)
south of Tho Chu island in the
Gulf of Thailand, the same area
where oil slicks were spotted
"From this object, hopefully
(we) will find the missing plane,"
Tuan said.
The missing jetliner appar-
ently fell from the sky at cruising
altitude in fine weather, and the
pilots were either unable or had
no time to send a distress signal
- unusual circumstances under
which a modern jetliner oper-
ated by a professional airline
would crash.
Authorities were checking on
the identities of the two passen-
gers who boarded the plane with
stolen passports. On Saturday,
the foreign ministries in Italy
and Austria said the names of
two citizens listed on the flight's
manifest matched the names on
two passports reported stolen in
"I can confirm that we have
the visuals of these two people
on CCTV," Malaysian Transport
Minister Hishammuddin Husse-
in said at a news conference late
Sunday, adding that the footage
was being examined. "We have
intelligence agencies, both local
and international, on board."
The thefts of the two pass-
ports - one belonging to Austri-
an Christian Kozel and the other
to Luigi Maraldi of Italy - were
entered into Interpol's database
after they were stolen in Thai-
land in 2012 and last year, the
police body said. But no authori-
ties in Malaysia or elsewhere
checked the passports against
the database of 40 million stolen
or lost travel documents before
the Malaysian Airlines plane
took off.
In a forceful statement, the
Interpol chief, who has called
passport fraud one of the world's
greatest threats, said he hoped
"that governments and airlines
worldwide will learn from the
"Now, we have a real case
where the world is speculat-
ing whether the stolen passport
holders were terrorists," Noble
said. "Interpol is askingwhy only
a handful of countries worldwide
are taking care to make sure that
persons possessing stolen pass-
ports are not boarding interna-
tional flights."
Troubling details also
emerged Sunday about the itin-
eraries of the two passengers
traveling on the stolen passports.
A telephone operator on a
China-based KLM hotline con-
firmed Sunday that passengers
named Maraldi and Kozel had
been booked on one-way tickets
on the same KLM flight, flying
from Beijing to Amsterdam on
Saturday. Maraldi was to fly on
to Copenhagen, Denmark, and
Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany.
She said the pair booked the
tickets through China Southern
Airlines, but she had no informa-

tion on where they bought them.
As holders of EU passports
with onward flights to Europe,

the passengers would not have
needed visas for China.
Interpol said it and national
investigators were working to
determine the true identities of
those who used the stolen pass-
ports to board the Malaysia Air-
lines flight. White House Deputy
National Security Adviser Tony
Blinken said the U.S. was look-
ing into the stolen passports, but
that investigators had reached
no conclusions.
Interpol has long sounded
the alarm that growing interna-
tional travel has underpinned
a new market for identity theft:
Bogus passports have lured
illegal immigrants, terrorists,
drug runners, pretty much any-
one looking to travel unnoticed.
More than 1 billion times last
year, travelers boarded planes
without their passports being
checked against Interpol's data-
base of 40 million stolen or lost
travel documents, the police
agency said.
In addition to the plane's
sudden disappearance, which
experts said was consistent with
a possible onboard explosion, the
stolen passports strengthened
concerns about terrorism as a
possible cause. Al-Qaida mili-
tants have used similar tactics to
try to disguise their identities.
Still, other possible causes
included a catastrophic failure
of the plane's engines, extreme
turbulence, or pilot error or even
suicide. Establishing what hap-
pened with any certainty will
need data from flight recorders
and a detailed examination of
any debris, something that will
take months if not years.
Malaysia's air force chief,
Rodzali Daud, said radar indicat-
ed that before it disappeared, the
plane may have turned back, but
there were no further details on
which direction it went or how
far it veered off course.
"We are trying to make sense
of this," Daud said at a news
conference. "The military radar
indicated that the aircraft may
have made a turn back, and in
some parts this was corroborat-
ed by civilian radar."
Malaysia Airlines Chief Exec-
utive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said
pilots are supposed to inform
the airline and traffic control
authorities if the plane does a
U-turn. "From what we have,
there was no such distress signal
or distress call per se, so we are
equally puzzled," he said.
A total of 34 aircraft and 40
ships from Vietnam, Malaysia,
Thailand, Australia, Singapore,
Indonesia, China and the United
States were deployed to the area
where ground controllers lost
contact with the plane, the mari-
time border between Malaysia
and Vietnam.
Of the 227 passengers and 12
crew members on board, two-
thirds were Chinese, while the
rest were from elsewhere in
Asia, Europe and North America,
including three Americans.
Family members of Philip
Wood, a 50-year-old IBM execu-
tive who was on board the plane,
said they saw him a week ago
when he visited them in Texas
after relocating to Kuala Lum-
pur from Beijing, where he had
worked for two years.
"There is a shock, a very sur-
real moment in your life," said
Wood's brother, James Wood.

"With a situation like this, when
a plane just disappears ... it leaves
you with a lot of questions."

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