Daily News

April 21, 2015

Jim Snyder and Indira Lakshmanan, "Inspectors Need Full Access in Iran Nuclear Deal, Moniz Says" Bloomberg / April 20, 2015 Nuclear inspectors will need unfettered access in Iran as part of a deal to lift economic sanctions, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said a day after an Iranian general said military sites must be off limits.... View Source ›

Angela Greiling Keane, "Obama, U.A.E. Crown Prince Discuss Iran Nuclear Agreement" Bloomberg / April 20, 2015 President Barack Obama and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan talked Monday about Middle Eastern security issues, focusing on the negotiations to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the White House said.... View Source ›

Paul Richter, "Obama administration signals possible compromise in Iran nuclear talks" LA Times / April 20, 2015 Signaling a potential key compromise in negotiations with Iran, the White House said Monday that it might be willing to start providing sanctions relief as soon as Tehran begins putting in place new curbs on its nuclear program.... View Source ›

Grant Smith and Bill Lehane, "Iran Oil Return Seen No Closer as Obama Seeks Creative Angle" Bloomberg / April 20, 2015 The return of embargoed Iranian crude oil to global markets looks no more imminent than before President Barack Obama appeared to leave open the possibility of lifting most sanctions from the outset if a nuclear deal can be reached, BNP Paribas SA and UBS Group AG said.... View Source ›

Associated Press, "Nuclear Waste Drums Appear Stable After Signs of Reactions" AP / April 20, 2015 Dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year, according to federal officials.... View Source ›

April 20, 2015

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Iran's powerful Guard rejects inspection of military sites" Associated Press / April 19, 2015 International nuclear inspectors will be barred from all Iranian military sites under any deal with world powers, a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard said Sunday, setting up a possible standoff as negotiators try to reach a final deal.... View Source ›

Sam Wilkin, "Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are U.S. 'myth'" Reuters / April 19, 2015 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week.... View Source ›

Thomas Erdbrink, "Billboards in Iran Say ‘Death to America,’ but Officials Say ‘Let’s Make a Deal’" NYTimes / April 19, 2015 Wearing business suits set off with sneakers, the American executives trailed a young guide along the narrow sidewalks of the capital of Iran, once branded by the United States as part of the “Axis of Evil.”... View Source ›

John Hudson, "Military Facilities Become Focus of Iran Deal" Foreign Policy / April 19, 2015 The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he could tolerate a series of concessions by the White House on Tehran’s nuclear program, but a “huge” factor in determining his support for a deal is the degree to which inspectors have access to Iran’s military facilities.... View Source ›

Fars News, "Iran: IAEA Convinced about Neutron Transport Issue" Fars News / April 20, 2015 Iranian experts have convinced the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the issue of the papers published in the country in relation to neutron transport and associated modeling, a spokesman announced on Monday, adding that Tehran will provide the IAEA with only one time access to the Parchin military site.... View Source ›

April 17, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without US Congress" Associated Press / April 16, 2015 Even if the U.S. Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.... View Source ›

David Welna, "Experts Divided Over Iran's Cyberactivity Since Start Of Nuclear Talks" NPR / April 16, 2015 The U.S. government and cybersecurity companies agree that Iran has greatly improved its cyberattack capability over the past two years. A report being released tomorrow says Iran's cyberattacks have increased during nuclear talks, but some experts question that conclusion.... View Source ›

Andrew Tilghman, "Dempsey: Military plans for Iran remain 'intact'" Military Times / April 16, 2015 Russia's decision to sell powerful surface-to-air missile systems to Iran will not thwart the Pentagon's plans for possible military action aimed at preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon, the Defense Department's top officer said Thursday.... View Source ›

Shane Harris, "Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid" Daily Beast / April 16, 2015 Iranian hackers are trying to identify computer systems that control infrastructure in the United States, such as the electrical grid, presumably with an eye towards damaging those systems, according to a new report from a cyber security firm and a think tank in Washington, D.C.... View Source ›

Steve Herman, "UN's Nuclear Treaty Review Comes Amid Heightened Proliferation Concerns" VOA / April 17, 2015 Later this month the United Nations hosts an important review conference for the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) - the landmark deal aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. This year's review is expected to be highly contentious and could test the treaty's viability.... View Source ›

AFP, "Iran holds Obama 'responsible' for fate of nuclear deal: Zarif" AFP / April 15, 2015 Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that US President Barack Obama was 'responsible' for making sure that Washington respects a final agreement over Iran's nuclear programme even though Congress has been given a say on the accord's fate.... View Source ›

April 16, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "U.N. nuclear watchdog says had 'constructive' talks with Iran" Reuters / April 16, 2015 The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday it had a "constructive exchange" this week with Iran on two issues related to its nuclear program that the agency says Tehran has been failing to fully address since August.... View Source ›

Thomas Erdbrink and Rick Gladstone, "Iran Assails U.S. Plan for a Vote in Congress" New York Times / April 15, 2015 Iran’s president on Wednesday dismissed the compromise worked out between the Obama administration and Congress over an impending nuclear agreement as internal American politics, saying the Iranians were negotiating with six countries, not just with the United States.... View Source ›

George Jahn, "Conflicting takes mean tough work ahead for Iran nuke deal" Associated Press / April 15, 2015 As negotiators prepare to start drafting a final deal to curb Iran’s atomic activities, conflicting U.S.-Iran takes on key elements mean tough work ahead of a June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

Associated Press, "Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume in Vienna April 22-23" Associated Press / April 16, 2015 Major world powers and Iran will resume talks next week on Tehran's nuclear program, aiming to come up with a comprehensive deal by the end of June.... View Source ›

Margaret Talev, "Bloomberg Politics National Poll Finds Deep Partisan Split on Israel and Iran" Bloomberg / April 15, 2015 Israel has become a deeply partisan issue for ordinary Americans as well as for politicians in Washington, a shift that may represent a watershed moment in foreign policy and carry implications for domestic politics after decades of general bipartisan consensus.... View Source ›

AFP, "Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile" AFP / April 15, 2015 Pakistan on Wednesday test-fired a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the military said.... View Source ›

Brian Spegele, "China Approves First Locally Designed Nuclear Reactor to Spur Economy" Wall Street Journal / April 15, 2015 China’s top government body approved construction of the nation’s first domestically designed nuclear reactor as Beijing looks to ramp up infrastructure spending to combat slowing economic growth.... View Source ›

Christopher Donville and Josh Wingrove, "Modi Hails Indian Uranium-Supply Accord With Cameco" Bloomberg / April 15, 2015 India agreed to buy C$350 million ($285 million) of uranium through 2020 from Canadian producer Cameco Corp. to fuel its expanding fleet of nuclear reactors.... View Source ›

April 15, 2015

Frank Jordans, "Kerry: still confident US can conclude Iran nuclear deal" Associated Press / April 15, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he is confident that the U.S. administration can conclude a nuclear deal with Iran after President Barack Obama agreed to sign legislation giving Congress the right to reject an agreement.... View Source ›

Michelle Martin, "UPDATE 2-Germany says it's too early to reward Iran after nuclear talks" Reuters / April 14, 2015 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke out on Tuesday against Russia's decision to prepare to deliver missile systems to Iran, and his Italian counterpart suggested it was too soon to reestablish economic ties with Iran.... View Source ›

Jonathan Weisman and Peter Baker, "Obama Yields, Allowing Congress Say on Iran Nuclear Deal" NYTimes / April 14, 2015 The White House relented on Tuesday and said President Obama would sign a compromise bill giving Congress a voice on the proposed nuclear accord with Iran as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in rare unanimous agreement, moved the legislation to the full Senate for a vote.... View Source ›

Associated Press, "UN nuclear inspectors in Iran to try to probe suspect site" Associated Press / April 15, 2015 U.N. nuclear inspectors are in Iran on a long stalled visit meant to investigate suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear weapons, a charge the Islamic Republic denies.... View Source ›

April 14, 2015

Neil MacFarquhar, "Putin Lifts Ban on Russian Missile Sales to Iran" NYTimes / April 13, 2015 President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday approved the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, potentially complicating negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program and further straining ties with Washington.... View Source ›

Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan, "Corker and Democrats nearing deal on Iran bill" Politico / April 13, 2015 Top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are nearing a deal on legislation that would allow Congress to review any nuclear agreement with Iran, a potential breakthrough that could herald a veto-proof majority for the measure.... View Source ›

Arshad Mohammed, Patricia Zengerle, and Richard Cowan, "Kerry asks Congress for more time and space on Iran deal" Reuters / April 13, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told skeptical Republicans and Democrats on Monday that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

Terry Atlass, "Iran Nuclear Deal Deadline May Slip Amid Framework Disputes" Bloomberg / April 13, 2015 The nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran may need to be extended for a third time because the chances of reaching a final agreement by the June 30 deadline seem increasingly remote.... View Source ›

Brian Padden, "S. Korea, Japan Discuss N. Korea Nuclear Threat Amid Tensions" Voice of America / April 13, 2015 Despite strained relations over territorial disagreements and historical disputes, South Korea and Japan will resume security talks this week. These talks are not so much a sign the two neighbors are resolving longstanding differences but instead a recognition that they need to work together to curb the growing nuclear threat from North Korea.... View Source ›

Mari Yamaguchi, "Japanese court rejects bid to restart of 2 nuclear reactors" Associated Press / April 14, 2015 A court issued an injunction Tuesday ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators’ safety approval of the reactors’ planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government’s restart plans.... View Source ›

April 13, 2015

Associated Press, "Obama says partisanship over Iran deal has gone too far" Washington Post / April 11, 2015 President Barack Obama says that partisan wrangling in Congress over the emerging nuclear agreement with Iran has gone beyond the pale.... View Source ›

Susan Cornwell, "Kerry says he stands by presentation of Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / April 12, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended on Sunday his presentation of a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program after a different interpretation was offered by Iran's supreme leader, and a prominent U.S. senator said Kerry was "delusional."... View Source ›

Yeganeh Torbati, "Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran" Reuters / April 13, 2015 As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes.... View Source ›

Eric Beech, "Inspections critical to Iran nuclear deal -U.S.'s Carter" Reuters / April 10, 2015 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday that a nuclear agreement with Iran must include inspections of its military sites, a position at odds with recent comments by Iran's Supreme Leader.... View Source ›

Jim Kuhnhenn, "White House: Iran deal requires phased sanctions removal" AP / April 10, 2015 The White House pushed back Friday against declarations from Iran’s leaders that any nuclear deal must include an immediate lifting of sanctions, indicating President Barack Obama will walk away from negotiations unless sanctions are removed over time.... View Source ›

David Nather, "GOP not arguing science on Iran" Politico / April 10, 2015 Republicans will present plenty of arguments against the Iran deal in the coming weeks — but there will be no big push to knock down the scientific case for the deal, according to GOP aides and outside experts. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/iran-deal-republicans-science-white-house-116853.html#ixzz3XCNEDa00... View Source ›

Alastair Gale, "Seoul, U.S. Split on North Korea Nuclear Threat" Wall Street Journal / April 13, 2015 South Korea’s vice defense minister on Monday dismissed an assessment from a senior U.S. military official that North Korea is able to mount a nuclear weapon on a missile that could threaten the U.S. mainland.... View Source ›

April 10, 2015

AFP, "US: Iran sanctions will be removed in phases" AFP / April 9, 2015 The United States warned Thursday that sanctions on Iran will be lifted in stages as a nuclear deal is implemented, after Tehran demanded they be removed as soon as it comes into force.... View Source ›

Eli Lake, "Senator Kirk Puts Iran Sanctions Back in Play" Bloomberg View / April 9, 2015 A week ago, the White House was on top of the world. President Barack Obama announced a new framework agreement with Iran and five other great powers to resolve the long-standing stand-off over Iran's nuclear program. And after producing a detailed fact sheet, the White House got some unexpected good news: Sen. Mark Kirk, the Republican co-author of sanctions legislation the president had said would kill the talks if it passed, said he would shelve his bill until the June 30 final deadline for the nuclear discussions.... View Source ›

Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee, "Snap back? Not so fast. Sanctions a big issue in nuke talks" Associated Press / April 9, 2015 The biggest enforcement provision in the preliminary nuclear agreement with Iran is turning into one of the mostly hotly contested elements. And the debate barely involves Iran.... View Source ›

Steve Inskeep, "There's Common Ground For Final Nuclear Deal, Ex-Iranian Diplomat Says" NPR / April 10, 2015 Steve Inskeep talks to former Iranian nuclear negotiator Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who is now with Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security.... View Source ›

Faith Karimi and Deirdre Walsh, "Iran: No signing final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions are lifted" CNN / April 9, 2015 Iran will sign a final nuclear agreement only if economic sanctions against the nation are removed on the first day of the deal's implementation, President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday.... View Source ›

James Pearson, Ju-min Park, and David Brunnstrom, "North Korea seen intent on provocation but no sign of nuclear test" Reuters / April 10, 2015 North Korea is intent on using missile launches to increase regional tension but it does not appear to be preparing for a fourth nuclear test or long-range missile launch, the U.S. and South Korean defense ministers said on Friday.... View Source ›

April 9, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran's Khamenei breaks silence in nuclear deal, says sanctions must go" Reuters / April 9, 2015 Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is concluded.... View Source ›

Larisa Epatko, "Kerry: Iran must disclose military nuclear activity" PBS / April 8, 2015 Iran must disclose its past military-related nuclear activities as part of any final deal on its nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry told PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff on Wednesday. “It will be part of a final agreement. It has to be.”... View Source ›

William Maclean, "Iran's Khamenei says neither rejects, accepts nuclear deal, details key" Reuters / April 9, 2015 Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted as soon as a final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program was concluded.... View Source ›

Associated Press, "Iran calls for a timetable for global nuclear disarmament" AP / April 8, 2015 Iran is accusing the five nuclear powers of failing to take concrete action to eliminate their stockpiles and is calling for negotiations on a treaty to achieve nuclear disarmament by a target date.... View Source ›

Michael Crowley, "Ernest Moniz: Iran deal closes enrichment loophole" Politico / April 7, 2015 Last week’s nuclear agreement with Iran closes what some experts had called a potentially major loophole that could make it easy for Iran to reconstitute its program, according to unpublished details of the deal described by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.... View Source ›

Missy Ryan, "Missile test underscores North Korean threat, defense secretary says" Washington Post / April 9, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday condemned the North Korean government’s decision to conduct a missile launch ahead of his inaugural visit to South Korea, calling it a sign of the threat that nuclear-armed North Korea continues to pose to the region.... View Source ›

The Hindu, "India registers record production of nuclear fuel" The Hindu / April 8, 2015 In a major milestone for the nuclear industry, India has registered a record production of over 1,252 MT of uranium bundles, manufacturing close to double the annual fuel requirement of atomic reactors in the country.... View Source ›

Sanjeev Miglani, "India's Modi goes shopping for nuclear power in France and Canada" Reuters / April 8, 2015 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to advance the purchase of massive nuclear reactors and fuel from France and Canada to power a resurgent economy, overriding domestic opposition and concerns over liability laws as he embarks on a foreign tour.... View Source ›

April 8, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Iran’s Leaders Fall Into Line Behind Nuclear Accord" NYTimes / April 7, 2015 Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian hard-liners have been free to take to the streets and object to any form of compromise with the West, and particularly the United States... View Source ›

Steve Inskeep, "Examining The Iran Nuclear Framework And The Worry That Surrounds It" NPR / April 8, 2015 There's still more work to do before the U.S. and 5 other nations reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Steve Inskeep talks to Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent with The Atlantic.... View Source ›

Micheal R. Gordon and David E. Sanger, "With Details of Iran Deal Still in Flux, White House Opens Sales Effort" NYTimes / April 7, 2015 President Obama has compared the preliminary accord on limiting Iran’s nuclear program to signing a contract to buy a house, emphasizing that the deal is not done until it closes. But a more accurate analogy might be that the administration bought a house under construction and is still haggling over where the windows and doors should go.... View Source ›

Scott Malone, "Critics of Iran nuclear deal 'disingenuous,' CIA's Brennan says" Reuters / April 7, 2015 Opponents of Iran's initial agreement to curb its nuclear program are being "disingenuous" when they say the deal could still allow the Middle Eastern state to build nuclear weapons, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Thomas Grove, "Fire put out on Russian nuclear submarine in shipyard" Reuters / April 7, 2015 Firefighters have put out a blaze on a nuclear submarine which was undergoing repairs at a shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk on Tuesday.... View Source ›

Matthew Pennington, "US Researchers: Hundreds of NKorea Missiles Threaten Asia" Associated Press / April 7, 2015 Nuclear-armed North Korea already has hundreds of ballistic missiles that can target its neighbors in Northeast Asia but will need foreign technology to upgrade its arsenal and pose a more direct threat to the United States, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.... View Source ›

Jeff Mason, "A third of Republicans support Iran nuclear deal: Reuters/Ipsos poll" Reuters / April 8, 2015 Thirty-one percent of Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party's lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.... View Source ›

Carol Morello and Karen DeYoung, "At the talks on Iran’s nuclear program, near-collapse and then a breakthrough" Washington Post / April 7, 2015 At 10 p.m. on March 27, Secretary of State John F. Kerry strode through the carpeted hallways of the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, to speak with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. As the two men sat alone in Zarif’s suite, Kerry told him that the U.S. team was ready to abandon more than a year of nuclear negotiations and go home.... View Source ›

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