Daily News: iran

May 22, 2015

Jay Solomon, "U.S. Sanctions Triggered by Plane Sale to Iran’s Mahan Air" The Wall Street Journal / May 21, 2015 The U.S. took punitive measures against an Iraqi airline and a Syrian businessman on Thursday over the sale of aircraft to a blacklisted Iranian airline, in a case that has sparked concerns that U.S. sanctions are beginning to fray as foreigners anticipate a nuclear deal with Tehran next month.... View Source ›

May 22, 2015

Jeffrey Goldberg, "'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal" The Atlantic / May 21, 2015 In an interview, the U.S. president ties his legacy to a pact with Tehran, argues ISIS is not winning, warns Saudi Arabia not to pursue a nuclear-weapons program, and anguishes about Israel.... View Source ›

May 22, 2015

Javier Blas and Joe Carroll, "Exxon Deploys More Sanction Watchers as Iran Nuke Deal Looms" Bloomberg / May 21, 2015 Exxon Mobil Corp. is ramping up efforts to track U.S. government work on Iranian sanctions that have locked out American oil companies from the Middle Eastern nation for more than three decades.... View Source ›

May 21, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink and David E. Sanger, "Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections" NY Times / May 20, 2015 Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday ruled out allowing international inspectors to interview Iranian nuclear scientists as part of any potential deal on its nuclear program, and reiterated that the country would not allow the inspection of military sites.... View Source ›

May 21, 2015

"French minister: Iran seeks 24-day period in nuclear talks" Associated Press / May 20, 2015 France’s foreign minister says Iran wants 24 days before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal with world powers over its atomic program.... View Source ›

May 20, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran's Khamenei rules out interviews with nuclear scientists" Reuters / May 20, 2015 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept "unreasonable demands" by world powers during negotiations over its disputed nuclear program, and ruled out letting inspectors interview its atomic scientists.... View Source ›

May 20, 2015

George Jahn, "Iran, 6 World Powers Launch New Round of Nuclear Talks" Associated Press / May 20, 2015 Experts from Iran and six world powers are launching a new round of negotiations focused on reaching a deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

May 20, 2015

Nidhi Verma, "With nuclear deal in sight, Iran drives harder bargain in Indian trade talks" Reuters / May 19, 2015 Iranian trade negotiators have become more assertive with Indian counterparts as hopes rise of international sanctions on Tehran easing later this year, sources said, and Indian companies fear they may lose business as more countries bid for projects.... View Source ›

May 19, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran uses maritime confrontations to project power in Gulf" Reuters / May 18, 2015 Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilizing the region.... View Source ›

May 19, 2015

Arthur MacMillan, "US reporter to face Iran spy charges next week" AFP / May 18, 2015 The Washington Post's Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, in custody for 10 months, will appear in court next week accused of spying and other crimes against Iran, his lawyer said Tuesday.... View Source ›

May 18, 2015

Yasmin Kaye, "US officials: 'Saudis set to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan'" International Business Times / May 17, 2015 Saudi Arabia is said to have taken the "strategic decision" to acquire "off-the-shelf" nuclear weapons from ally Pakistan, senior US officials told the Sunday Times.... View Source ›

May 18, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "Iran prepared for all scenarios in nuclear talks: negotiator" Reuters / May 15, 2015 Iran is prepared for "all scenarios" in talks with world powers about curbing its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, its top nuclear negotiator said on Friday when asked what would happen if no final deal was reached by July.... View Source ›

May 18, 2015

Florence Tan, "Iran deputy oil min says OPEC unlikely to cut output" Reuters / May 18, 2015 The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is unlikely to implement a production cut at its next meeting in June, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.... View Source ›

May 18, 2015

AFP, "Netanyahu says not too late to stop Iran nuclear deal" AFP / May 17, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday there was still time to stop an Iranian agreement with world powers that he says would give Tehran nuclear arms.... View Source ›

May 15, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal" Associated Press / May 14, 2015 Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

May 15, 2015

Phil Stewart and Jonathan Saul, "Iran navy fires shots at tanker as tensions rise in Gulf" Reuters / May 14, 2015 Iranian naval vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf on Thursday, in what appeared to be Iran's latest attempt to settle a legal dispute by force with passing commercial vessels, U.S. officials said.... View Source ›

May 15, 2015

Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton, "Obama updates Gulf leaders on Iran talks, seeks support for deal" Reuters / May 14, 2015 President Barack Obama on Thursday updated leaders from Gulf states on international efforts to forge a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.... View Source ›

May 14, 2015

Sangwon Yoon, "Russia Rejects Automatic Sanctions Return If Iran Cheats on Deal" Bloomberg / May 13, 2015 The Obama administration is trying to sell a nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical Arabs, Israelis and U.S. lawmakers by saying that United Nations sanctions will be restored automatically if the Iranians are caught cheating.... View Source ›

May 14, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and Robert Muller, "Exclusive: Czechs stopped potential nuclear tech purchase by Iran: sources" Reuters / May 14, 2015 The Czech Republic blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment after false documentation raised suspicions, U.N. experts and Western sources said.... View Source ›

May 14, 2015

David E. Sanger, "Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability" NY Times / May 13, 2015 When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world. “It is almost certain that other players in the region would feel it necessary to get their own nuclear weapons,” he said in 2012.... View Source ›

May 13, 2015

George Jahn, "AP Interview: UN Nuke Agency Head, Iranian Officials Differ" Associated Press / May 12, 2015 Setting up a potential showdown with Iran, the head of the U.N. atomic agency said Tuesday that a nuclear agreement being worked on by Tehran and six world powers would give his experts the right to push for access to Iranian military sites.... View Source ›

May 13, 2015

Jake Sherman and Lauren French, "GOP expected to buck conservatives on Iran" Politico / May 12, 2015 House Republican leaders are unlikely to allow amendments to the Senate-passed Iran bill, bucking a clutch of conservatives who wanted to change the language, according to multiple sources familiar with internal planning.... View Source ›

May 13, 2015

Michael D. Shear, "U.S. Will Remain Tough on Iran, Obama Tells Arab Newspaper" NY Times / May 12, 2015 Ahead of a two-day meeting with senior officials from a half-dozen Persian Gulf countries, President Obama on Tuesday defended his efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, but promised that the United States would not stop trying to prevent Iranian aggression against other nations in the region.... View Source ›

May 13, 2015

Greer Fay Cashman, "Merkel to Rivlin: Nuclear agreement unlikely to be reached with Iran" JPost / May 12, 2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday that reaching an agreement with Iran might prevent further development of Iran’s nuclear capability. However, she added, the current reality shows no promise of an agreement.... View Source ›

May 12, 2015

Lolita C. Baldor and Emily Swanson, "AP-GfK Poll: Many approve Iran deal; Most don’t trust Tehran" Associated Press / May 12, 2015 Many Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal that would limit Iran’s nuclear program but very few people really believe Tehran will follow through with the agreement.... View Source ›

May 12, 2015

"Experts work on Iran nuke deal ahead of June deadline" Associated Press / May 12, 2015 Experts from Iran and six world powers are gathering in Vienna for the next round of negotiations meant to result in a nuclear deal curbing Tehran’s atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief.... View Source ›

May 12, 2015

Karen DeYoung and Juliet Eilperin, "Persian Gulf leaders to press Obama to strengthen U.S. security relationship" Washington Post / May 11, 2015 Persian Gulf leaders, set to convene at a Camp David summit this week, are pressing President Obama to strengthen the U.S. security relationship with the region and expand military assurances to address their growing concerns about Iran, U.S. and regional officials said.... View Source ›

May 12, 2015

Josh Gerstein, "Feds shift on impact of North Korea leak" Politico / May 11, 2015 Federal prosecutors have retreated after telling a federal judge last week that a high-profile leak case involving a Fox News reporter and North Korea's nuclear weapons program did not reveal any ongoing intelligence effort. ... View Source ›

May 11, 2015

Andrew Beatty, "Saudi King Salman skips Obama summit" AFP / May 11, 2015 Newly crowned Saudi King Salman has refused an invitation to attend a landmark summit hosted by President Barack Obama, amid angst over US-Iran nuclear negotiations.... View Source ›

May 8, 2015

Jennifer Steinhauer, "Senate Easily Passes Bill for a Voice on Iran Nuclear Accord" NY Times / A bill that would give Congress a voice in any nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran passed the Senate overwhelmingly on Thursday, a rare bipartisan accord to curb executive authority in an era of expanding presidential power.... View Source ›

May 8, 2015

Yaroslav Trofimov, "Saudi Arabia Considers Nuclear Weapons to Offset Iran" The Wall Street Journal / May 7, 2015 The nuclear deal that the U.S. and other world powers hope to reach with Iran would put a 10-year curb on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. For some of Iran’s regional rivals, that is also becoming a deadline for developing nuclear arms of their own.... View Source ›

May 8, 2015

Ann Sanner, "Germany’s envoy to U.S. sees no good alternative to Iran nuclear deal" Associated Press / May 7, 2015 Alternatives to a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program are “not very attractive,” a top German diplomat said on Thursday in Columbus, noting that Germany and other nations are ready to move beyond sanctions despite what the U.S. Congress might do.... View Source ›

May 8, 2015

Greg Sargent, "The odds of an Iran nuclear deal just got better" The Washington Post / May 7, 2015 One hundred and fifty House Democrats have now signed a letter expressing strong support for President Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, I’ve learned, improving the chances that an eventual nuclear deal could survive the Congressional oversight process.... View Source ›

May 7, 2015

Rick Gladstone, "U.S.-Iran Tensions Appear to Ease in Strait of Hormuz" NY Times / May 6, 2015 The United States and Iran appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday from any possible confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz, a critical Persian Gulf oil-shipping passage, a week after Iranian forces impounded a cargo vessel there at gunpoint.... View Source ›

May 7, 2015

Howard LaFranchi, " Does Iran deal help rein in nuclear weapons – or expand them?" CS Monitor / May 6, 2015 The deal helps address Iran as the most immediate nuclear threat in the Middle East, but how it does that could be seen as a setback to nuclear nonproliferation.... View Source ›

May 7, 2015

Arthur MacMillan, "Nuclear deal can make Iran region's 'No.1' energy power" AFP / May 6, 2015 A nuclear agreement will allow Iran to become the number one energy player in the Middle East and herald major opportunities for foreign companies, top government officials in Tehran said Wednesday.... View Source ›

May 7, 2015

Amir Vahdat and David Rising, "Operator of cargo ship seized by Iran says vessel released" Associated Press / May 7, 2015 A Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized by Iran has been released and the crew members are all in good condition, according to the ship's operator.... View Source ›

May 6, 2015

Jonathan Tirone, "Nuclear Smugglers Abusing Alibaba Listings Challenge Iran Deal" Bloomberg / May 5, 2015 To contain nuclear proliferation as sanctions against Iran are eased, world powers may need help from Alibaba and EBay.... View Source ›

May 6, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Khamenei says U.S. military threats against Iran endanger nuclear talks" Reuters / May 6, 2015 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday U.S. military threats made in the last few days may scupper nuclear talks as Tehran and six major world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal.... View Source ›

May 6, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto" Reuters / May 6, 2015 Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

May 6, 2015

Tom Hussain, "Iran deal must include Gulf security guarantees, France agrees" McClatchy / May 5, 2015 French President Francois Hollande threw his weight Tuesday behind demands by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab monarchies that a prospective deal with Iran over its nuclear program come with guarantees of their security.... View Source ›

May 6, 2015

Alastair Macdonald, "EU, Iran nuclear officials to talk May 12, six powers to resume May 15" Reuters / May 5, 2015 Negotiators from the European Union and Iran will resume talks on a deal to control Tehran's nuclear programme on May 12 in Vienna, the EU said on Tuesday, adding that they would be joined by officials from six world powers on May 15.... View Source ›

May 5, 2015

Patrick O'Connor, "Americans Lean Toward Iranian Nuclear Deal Over Sanctions — WSJ/NBC Poll" The Wall Street Journal / May 4, 2015 Americans are generally supportive of international efforts to broker a deal with Iran that would allow inspectors to ensure the Iranian regime is not producing nuclear weapons, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.... View Source ›

May 5, 2015

John Irish, "France, Saudi Arabia: Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilizing region" Reuters / May 4, 2015 France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilise the region further and threaten Iran's neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday. ... View Source ›

May 5, 2015

"Iran determined to end 'manufactured' nuclear crisis" AFP / May 4, 2015 Iran is determined to end the "manufactured crisis" over its nuclear programme and drafting of a final deal with world powers, though hard, is progressing, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday.... View Source ›

May 5, 2015

Jay Solomon, "Sunni Arab Leaders Warn Iran’s Growing Influence Is Fueling Extremism" The Wall Street Journal / May 4, 2015 Sunni Arab leaders are warning the United States that Iran’s role in arming and funding Shiite allies in the Middle East is fueling support for extremist groups like Islamic State and al Qaeda by those who fear Tehran is gaining power in the region.... View Source ›

May 4, 2015

Burgess Everett, "Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio face defeat on Iran" Politico / May 3, 2015 Republican leaders are preparing to clamp down on Sen. Tom Cotton’s efforts to derail a bipartisan compromise on legislation giving Congress review power over a nuclear deal with Iran, clearing the way for it to be passed this week.... View Source ›

May 4, 2015

Somini Sengupta, "Iran Nuclear Talks Open a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War" New York Times / May 4, 2015 Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?... View Source ›

May 4, 2015

Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, "Gulf States Want U.S. Assurances and Weapons in Exchange for Supporting Iran Nuclear Deal" Wall Street Journal / May 2, 2015 Leading Persian Gulf states want major new weapons systems and security guarantees from the White House in exchange for backing a nuclear agreement with Iran, according to U.S. and Arab officials.... View Source ›

May 4, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "Iran pledges to protect shared security interests with Yemen" Reuters / May 3, 2015 Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tehran will not let regional powers jeopardise its security interests in Yemen, Tasnim news agency reported, in the strongest acknowledgement yet of Iranian involvement in the Arabian peninsula.... View Source ›

May 1, 2015

Laura Zuckerman, "U.S. government to pay New Mexico $73 million over radiation leak" Reuters / April 30, 2015 The U.S. Energy Department will pay New Mexico $73 million in road and other infrastructure projects for violations by an underground nuclear waste dump and nuclear research lab that led to a radiation leak last year, officials said on Thursday.... View Source ›

May 1, 2015

Cara Anna, "UN is warned of ‘active Iranian nuclear procurement network’" AP / April 30, 2015 Britain has told a U.N. panel of experts that it is aware of an “active Iranian nuclear procurement network” linked to two Iranian companies, raising new concerns as world powers began Thursday to work out the details of a possible comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

May 1, 2015

Karin Strohecker and Marc Jones, "Interview: Ex-U.N. nuclear chief Blix cautious on Iran deal hopes" Reuters / April 30, 2015 Hans Blix, former chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, said he was cautious about the chances of a final deal being clinched between Iran and major world powers aimed at reining in Tehran's nuclear programme.... View Source ›

May 1, 2015

Helene Cooper, "White House Looks to Ease Arab Fears Over Iran Nuclear Pact" NYTimes / May 1, 2015 The Obama administration is scrambling for reassurances it can present this month at a Camp David summit meeting to persuade Arab allies that the United States has their backs, despite a pending nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

May 1, 2015

Paul Richter and Lisa Mascaro, "Congressional review of Iran nuclear deal is threatened by GOP amendments" LA Times / April 30, 2015 A bipartisan bill for Congress to review any nuclear agreement with Iran faced new danger Thursday as Republican senators sought to force votes on controversial amendments that leaders had hoped to avoid.... View Source ›

April 30, 2015

Rick Gladstone, "Iran’s Foreign Minister Says U.S. Risks Ostracism if Signed Nuclear Deal Is Scrapped" NYTimes / April 29, 2015 Demonstrating suave fluency in English and a familiarity with American history and law, Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the United States would risk global ostracism if it were to scrap a signed international pact that resolves the Iranian nuclear dispute.... View Source ›

April 30, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "Lifting of sanctions to start within days of deal - Iran's Zarif" Reuters / April 30, 2015 The signing of a nuclear agreement with Iran will prompt the United Nations, European Union and United States to begin lifting sanctions on the Islamic Republic within days afterwards, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

April 30, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "Exclusive: Britain told U.N. monitors of active Iran nuclear procurement - panel" Reuters / April 30, 2015 Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.... View Source ›

April 29, 2015

"Iran insists Israel ‘give up the bomb’ as Tehran seeks nuclear-free Middle East" RT / April 27, 2015 Iran has demanded that Israel give up its “nuclear weapons”, as it spoke on behalf of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the bloc also wants a nuclear free-zone in the Middle East.... View Source ›

April 29, 2015

"Anti-Iran sanctions regime collapsing: President Rouhani" Press TV / April 28, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the sanctions regime put in place against the Islamic Republic is collapsing.... View Source ›

April 29, 2015

George Perkovich, "Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not the North Korea Deal" Carnegie Endowment for International Peace / As negotiations and debate proceed over a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, comparisons will inevitably be made with the 1994 Agreed Framework that sought to end North Korea’s (the DPRK’s) nuclear weapons program.... View Source ›

April 29, 2015

Patricia Zengerle, "Senate rejects bid to toughen Iran nuclear review bill" Reuters / April 29, 2015 The U.S. Senate rejected an effort on Tuesday to require any nuclear agreement with Iran to be considered an international treaty, which would have forced any deal to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate's 100 members.... View Source ›

April 28, 2015

Matthew Lee, "Kerry, Zarif meet for first time since Iran framework pact" Associated Press / April 27, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart for the first time since they agreed to a framework for a nuclear deal earlier this month.... View Source ›

April 28, 2015

Steven Mufson, "Energy Secretary Moniz emerges as Obama’s secret weapon in Iran talks" Washington Post / April 27, 2015 The Energy secretary’s job title has always been a bit of a misnomer. Nearly two-thirds of the department’s budget has nothing at all to do with energy. Instead, it is devoted to taking care of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile — and cleaning up radioactive waste from old weapons development sites.... View Source ›

April 28, 2015

Kathleen Miller and Terry Atlas, "Changes to Iran Measure Would Jeopardize Chances, Democrat Warns" Bloomberg / April 27, 2015 A Democratic U.S. senator urged Republicans not to demand changes that might siphon off Democratic support as lawmakers opened this week’s debate on a measure to give Congress a say in any nuclear deal reached with Iran.... View Source ›

April 28, 2015

Cara Anna, "World 'closer than ever' to Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says" Associated Press / April 28, 2015 The world is "closer than ever" to reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran but the work is far from over, with key issues unresolved, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister met on the sidelines.... View Source ›

April 28, 2015

AFP, "Poll shows Americans back Obama's Iran nuclear deal" AFP / April 27, 2015 A solid majority of American voters back President Barack Obama's interim nuclear deal with Iran, a poll by Quinnipiac University showed Monday.... View Source ›

April 27, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments" Associated Press / April 26, 2015 Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it.... View Source ›

April 27, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "U.S.'s Kerry, Iran's Zarif to meet at U.N. anti-nuclear arms conference" Reuters / April 27, 2015 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal.... View Source ›

April 27, 2015

Jason Horowitz and Maggie Haberman, "In Rare Remarks, George W. Bush Argues Against the Lifting of Iran Sanctions" NYTimes / April 26, 2015 Former President George W. Bush said the United States must show that it can follow through on its promises, and argued against the lifting of sanctions against Iran during rare remarks about foreign policy in a meeting with hundreds of Jewish donors here Saturday night.... View Source ›

April 24, 2015

Timothy Gardner, "Iran's military nuclear activity visible under deal: Moniz" Reuters / April 23, 2015 The United States and five other world powers would be able to detect any military capabilities of Iran's nuclear program for at least 10 years under a framework deal agreed upon earlier this month, the U.S. energy secretary said on Thursday.... View Source ›

April 24, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, Shadia Nasralla, Mark Trevelyan, "Iran says nuclear talks making gradual headway" Reuters / April 24, 2015 Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are making good but slow progress as they work toward a June 30 deadline for a final deal, Tehran's senior negotiator said on Friday.... View Source ›

April 24, 2015

"U.S. says Iran nuclear deal will not allow North Korea-style slippage" Associated Foreign Press - Jiji / The United States said Thursday that any deal reached with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions would be “fundamentally different” from a pact sealed with North Korea that later unraveled.... View Source ›

April 23, 2015

Ernest Scheyder, "CERAWEEK-U.S. energy secretary touts nuclear deal with Iran" Reuters / April 22, 2015 An agreement between the United States, Iran and other world powers designed to curtail Iran's nuclear program is effective and would work if implemented, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

April 23, 2015

Shadia Nasralla and Parisa Hafezi, "Diplomatic push for final Iran nuclear deal in Vienna" Reuters / April 23, 2015 U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Tehran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi will resume talks about curbing Iran's nuclear programme later on Thursday, Iranian media said.... View Source ›

April 23, 2015

Sui-Lee Wee, "China's Xi says backs fair, balanced agreement on Iran" Reuters / April 23, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday that China would push for a "fair and balanced" nuclear agreement, a day after talks resumed between Iran and the European Union.... View Source ›

April 23, 2015

Japan Times, "Japan’s ties with Iran to grow after nuclear deal finalized, Abe says" Japan times / April 23, 2015 Japan’s relations with Iran are certain to develop further if a final agreement is made on Tehran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.... View Source ›

April 22, 2015

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, "Atomic Labs Across the U.S. Race to Stop Iran" NY Times / April 21, 2015 When diplomats at the Iran talks in Switzerland pummeled Department of Energy scientists with difficult technical questions — like how to keep Iran’s nuclear plants open but ensure that the country was still a year away from building a bomb — the scientists at times turned to a secret replica of Iran’s nuclear facilities built deep in the forests of Tennessee.... View Source ›

April 22, 2015

Patricia Zengerle, "Senate may face contentious debate on Iran nuclear bill" Reuters / April 21, 2015 The U.S. Senate could plunge into a heated debate on legislation giving Congress the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran as soon as Wednesday, as some Republicans sought to change the bill to take a harder line on any agreement.... View Source ›

April 22, 2015

"Iran Nuclear Talks Go Into End Phase Ahead of June Deadline" Associated Press / April 22, 2015 Negotiators are meeting in Vienna in attempts to reach a deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.... View Source ›

April 22, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "UPDATE 2-Timing of sanctions relief may be deal breaker as Iran talks resume" Reuters / April 22, 2015 The timing of sanctions relief is the sticking point in nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers this week in Vienna, where negotiations kicked off on Wednesday with a meeting between delegates from Tehran and the European Union.... View Source ›

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 ›

April 21, 2015

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 ›

April 21, 2015

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 ›

April 21, 2015

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 ›

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 ›

April 20, 2015

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 ›

April 20, 2015

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 ›

April 20, 2015

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 ›

April 20, 2015

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 ›

April 17, 2015

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 ›

April 17, 2015

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 ›

April 17, 2015

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 ›

April 17, 2015

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 ›

April 17, 2015

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 ›

April 16, 2015

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 ›

April 16, 2015

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 ›

April 16, 2015

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 ›

April 16, 2015

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 ›

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 ›

April 15, 2015

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 ›

April 15, 2015

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 ›

April 15, 2015

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 ›

April 14, 2015

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 ›

April 14, 2015

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 ›

April 14, 2015

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 ›

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 ›

April 13, 2015

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 ›

April 13, 2015

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 ›

April 13, 2015

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 ›

April 13, 2015

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 ›

April 13, 2015

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 ›

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 ›

April 10, 2015

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 ›

April 10, 2015

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 ›

April 10, 2015

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 ›

April 10, 2015

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 ›

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 ›

April 9, 2015

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 ›

April 9, 2015

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 ›

April 9, 2015

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 ›

April 9, 2015

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 ›

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 ›

April 8, 2015

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 ›

April 8, 2015

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 ›

April 8, 2015

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 ›

April 8, 2015

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 ›

April 8, 2015

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 ›

March 31, 2015

George Jahn and Matthew Lee, "Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase" Associated Press / March 31, 2015 Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement to control Iran's nuclear ambitions by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.... View Source ›

March 31, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau and John Irish, "U.S. says ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal if needed" Reuters / March 31, 2015 The United States said it was prepared to work past a midnight deadline into Wednesday if progress was being made towards clinching a preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and global powers.... View Source ›

March 31, 2015

Scott Clement, Peyton M. Craighill and Carol Morello, "Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran" The Washington Post / March 31, 2015 By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.... View Source ›

March 30, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, John Irish and Louis Charbonneau, "Setbacks and progress as Iran, six powers meet to end nuclear impasse" Reuters / March 30, 2015 The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their deadline as Tehran showed signs of backing away from previous compromise offers.... View Source ›

March 30, 2015

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal" The New York Times / March 30, 2015 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will leave the Iranian nuclear talks in Switzerland on Monday afternoon to return to Moscow, suggesting that a deal on the political outlines of a final nuclear agreement isn’t imminent.... View Source ›

March 30, 2015

Laurence Norman, "Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Leave Iran Nuclear Talks" The Wall Street Journal / March 30, 2015 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will leave the Iranian nuclear talks in Switzerland on Monday afternoon to return to Moscow, suggesting that a deal on the political outlines of a final nuclear agreement isn’t imminent.... View Source ›

March 27, 2015

George Jahn and Matthew Lee, "Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site" Reuters / March 27, 2015 The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.... View Source ›

March 27, 2015

John Irish and Louis Charbonneau, "Iran's Rouhani intervenes as deadline for nuclear deal approaches" Reuters / March 27, 2015 Iran's president spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia on Thursday in an apparent effort to break an impasse to a nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers.... View Source ›

March 27, 2015

Jordain Carney, "Senators endorse Iran sanctions in budget vote" The Hill / March 27, 2015 Senators unanimously approved an amendment Thursday that backs bolstering sanctions against Iran if President Obama can't verify that the country is following a nuclear deal. ... View Source ›

March 26, 2015

Michael R. Gordon, "Iran Nuclear Deal May Be Done by Next Week, U.S. Official Says" The New York Times / March 26, 2015 In the Obama administration’s most hopeful prognosis on its talks with Iran, a senior State Department official said Wednesday that it was possible to conclude a new accord on that nation’s nuclear program by early next week.... View Source ›

March 26, 2015

Julia Edwards, "Schlumberger pleads guilty to violating U.S. sanctions on Iran, Sudan" Reuters / March 26, 2015 The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that a subsidiary of Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings had pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions related to Iran and Sudan and would pay a $237.2 million fine.... View Source ›

March 26, 2015

Jonathan Saul and Florence Tan, "Iran storing 30 million barrels of oil at sea" Reuters / March 26, 2015 Iran is storing at least 30 million barrels of oil on its fleet of supertankers as Western sanctions continue to keep a lid on sales, tanker market sources say.... View Source ›

March 25, 2015

"Iran to insist all sanctions lifted in any nuclear deal: foreign minister" Reuters / March 25, 2015 Iran will insist that all sanctions against it are lifted as a condition for a nuclear deal, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major sticking point in its talks with world powers set to resume this week.... View Source ›

March 25, 2015

Amir Vahdat, "Iran says no snap inspections of nuclear sites" Associated Press / March 25, 2015 An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported.... View Source ›

March 25, 2015

Erik Wasson, "Senators to Seek Symbolic Vote on U.S. Sanctions on Iran" Bloomberg / March 25, 2015 Republican Senator Mark Kirk said he’ll seek to force a symbolic vote on increased U.S. sanctions against Iran during debate this week on the federal budget.... View Source ›

March 24, 2015

Adam Entous, "Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S." The Wall Street Journal / March 24, 2015 Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks.... View Source ›

March 24, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Iran’s Hard-Liners Show Restraint on Nuclear Talks With U.S." The New York Times / March 24, 2015 A coterie of Iran’s hard-line Shiite Muslim clerics and Revolutionary Guards commanders is usually vocal on the subject of the Iranian nuclear program, loudly proclaiming the country’s right to pursue its interests and angrily denouncing the United States.... View Source ›

March 23, 2015

"Iran urges world to find ‘common position’ for nuclear deal" Associated Press / March 23, 2015 A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has urged world powers to find a “common position” to achieve a “balanced” final nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic as a deadline for negotiations looms.... View Source ›

March 23, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan, Golnar Motevalli and David Lerman, "Iran Talks Set for Decisive Week as Leaders Say Deal Reachable" Bloomberg / March 23, 2015 Diplomats and leaders seeking an accord on Iran’s nuclear program said a deal is achievable as they prepare to enter a potentially decisive week for the talks.... View Source ›

March 20, 2015

"Draft agreement cuts Iran’s nuclear hardware" Associated Press / March 20, 2015 The United States and Iran are drafting elements of a nuclear deal that commits Tehran to a 40 percent cut in the number of machines it could use to make an atomic bomb, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. In return, the Iranians would get quick relief from some crippling economic sanctions and a partial lift of a U.N. embargo on conventional arms.... View Source ›

March 20, 2015

John Irish and Lesley Wroughton, "European negotiator says framework accord with Iran unlikely soon" Reuters / March 20, 2015 Six world powers are unlikely to reach a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear work in the coming days as the sides are still far apart on key issues, a senior European negotiator said on Thursday, blaming Tehran for failing to compromise.... View Source ›

March 20, 2015

Terry Atlas, "Obama Wants Congress to Vote on Iran Sanctions — in 10 Years" Bloomberg / March 20, 2015 U.S. lawmakers should wait at least a decade before voting on lifting sanctions as part of any nuclear deal with Iran, a top Obama administration official said.... View Source ›

March 19, 2015

"US says deal would bar Iran nuclear bomb 'in perpetuity'" AFP / March 19, 2015 The Obama administration insisted before skeptical lawmakers Thursday that any deal with Iran would ensure for "perpetuity" that it could not develop nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

March 19, 2015

Carol Morello, "Iran’s foreign minister says no nuclear pact this week" The Washington Post / March 19, 2015 Iran’s chief negotiator in nuclear talks played down Wednesday the likelihood of an agreement this week, saying the discussions have not progressed to a point where the presence of all involved parties was needed to formalize a deal.... View Source ›

March 17, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan and Kambiz Foroohar, "Any Major Element of Iran Talks Could Be Deal Breaker, U.S. Says" Bloomberg / March 17, 2015 With two weeks to go until an end-of-March deadline to negotiate a political agreement restricting Iran’s nuclear program, any major element in the talks is a potential deal-breaker, a senior Obama administration official said.... View Source ›

March 17, 2015

Carol Morello, "Iranian negotiators raise concerns about GOP letter in session with Kerry" The Washington Post / March 17, 2015 Iranian negotiators meeting with U.S. officials Monday expressed concern over a letter from Senate Republicans warning that a nuclear deal with President Obama might not outlast his time in office.... View Source ›

March 17, 2015

Paul Richter, "Top-secret U.S. replica of Iran nuclear sites key to weapons deal" Los Angeles Times / March 17, 2015 Inside a top-security building at a classified U.S. site, government experts intensely monitor rows of tall, cylindrical machines that may offer the Obama administration its best hope for persuading the public to back a nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

March 17, 2015

Yeganeh Torbati, "Iran nuclear deal may open oil taps in months, not weeks" Reuters / March 17, 2015 A possible deal over Iran's nuclear program that would phase out economic sanctions against Tehran is unlikely to flood world markets with more oil any time soon, despite Iran's declared intention to claw back market share lost because of the curbs.... View Source ›

March 17, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi, "West hopes for Iran concessions in nuclear talks" Reuters / March 17, 2015 ould help clinch a political agreement in nuclear talks this week after the United States and European powers voiced a willingness to compromise on suspending U.N. sanctions, officials said.... View Source ›

March 17, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan, "Nuclear Deal Now Up to Iran as Deadline Nears, Kerry Says" Bloomberg / March 17, 2015 “The clock is ticking” to an end-of-March deadline, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he doesn’t know yet if Iran will agree to a strict, verifiable deal to ensure it can’t acquire a nuclear weapon.... View Source ›

March 13, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran - officials" Reuters / March 13, 2015 Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.... View Source ›

March 13, 2015

"European diplomats express unease over GOP senators' letter to Iran" Associated Press / March 13, 2015 European diplomats involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran are expressing unease about an open letter sent this week by Senate Republicans to Iranian leaders, telling them that any deal may not survive beyond the Obama administration.... View Source ›

March 12, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "Khamenei condemns Republican letter on Iran, bemoans U.S. 'tricks'" Reuters / March 12, 2015 Iran's Supreme Leader hit out on Thursday at a letter by U.S. Republican senators threatening to undo any nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran, saying he was worried because the United States was known for "backstabbing", Mehr news agency reported.... View Source ›

March 11, 2015

"Iran says lawmakers' letter has sapped trust in US" AFP / March 11, 2015 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told top clerics Tuesday a letter from Republican senators undermining a possible nuclear deal had sapped Tehran's confidence in dealings with the United States.... View Source ›

March 11, 2015

"EU to host Iran nuclear talks in Brussels on Monday" AFP / March 11, 2015 The European Union will host talks in Brussels Monday with the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers on Tehran's contested nuclear programme as a deadline at the end of March nears.... View Source ›

March 10, 2015

"Iran to Allow Inspectors Access to Disputed Site" Associated Press / March 10, 2015 Iranian state television is reporting that officials are again willing to give international nuclear inspectors access to a site where purported experiments on high explosives may have taken place.... View Source ›

March 10, 2015

"UN-Iran Meeting on Alleged Nuke Weapons Work 'Useful'" Associated Press / March 10, 2015 A U.N. nuclear agency official probing allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms says talks in Tehran were "useful" and the sides have agreed to meet again next month.... View Source ›

March 10, 2015

Peter Baker, "G.O.P. Senators’ Letter to Iran About Nuclear Deal Angers White House" The New York Times / March 10, 2015 The fractious debate over a possible nuclear deal with Iran escalated on Monday as 47 Republican senators warned Iran about making an agreement with President Obama, and the White House accused them of undercutting foreign policy.... View Source ›

March 9, 2015

Peter Baker, "Obama Says Nuclear Deal Offered to Iran Tests Whether It Is Serious" The New York Times / March 9, 2015 President Obama said that he and other world leaders have offered Iran an “extraordinarily reasonable deal” that will test whether the leadership of the Islamic nation is serious about at last resolving the dispute over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

March 9, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran, IAEA officials meet ahead of March nuclear deadline - ISNA" Reuters / March 9, 2015 Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog hold talks in Tehran on Monday, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported, ahead of a March deadline for a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear programme between Tehran and six major powers.... View Source ›

March 9, 2015

Arshad Mohammed and John Irish, "U.S., France "on same page" over Iran, want stronger deal" Reuters / March 9, 2015 The United States and France sought on Saturday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.... View Source ›

March 6, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "Iran hints might be open to 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work" Reuters / March 6, 2015 Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.... View Source ›

March 6, 2015

"IAEA Team Due in Tehran for Technical talks" Farsnews / March 6, 2015 A team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is planning to visit Tehran later this month to hold technical talks with senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).... View Source ›

March 6, 2015

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Senate Will Postpone Debate on Iran" The New York Times / March 6, 2015 Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, will postpone consideration of a bill giving Congress the authority to review any deal President Obama reaches with Iran on its nuclear program, bowing to opposition from Democrats who charged that he was rushing the measure. ... View Source ›

March 5, 2015

"Official: U.S. aiming for March 'understanding' with Iran on nukes" Chicago Tribune / March 5, 2015 A senior U.S. official sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations that negotiations with Iran will result in a formal, preliminary deal this month outlining constraints on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.... View Source ›

March 5, 2015

Laurence Norman, "Iran Talks Closer on One-Year Nuclear ‘Breakout’ Demand" The Wall Street Journal / March 5, 2015 Iran and six major powers are nearing an understanding that a final nuclear deal must be structured around the U.S. demand that Tehran stay at least a year away from amassing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon, according to people familiar with the negotiations.... View Source ›

March 5, 2015

Jo Biddle, "US says 'tough challenges' remain in Iran nuclear talks" AFP / March 5, 2015 The United States said tough challenges remained to seal a nuclear deal with Iran, vowing not to be distracted by external politics in its quest to stop Tehran acquiring the atomic bomb.... View Source ›

March 4, 2015

"Iran looking into developing small reactors" Tehran Times / March 4, 2015 The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran plans to build small nuclear reactors, AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi has announced.... View Source ›

March 3, 2015

"UN nuclear watchdog says Iran still withholding key information" Al Jazeera / March 3, 2015 The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran had still not handed over key information to his staff, and that his body's investigation into Tehran's atomic program could not continue indefinitely.... View Source ›

March 2, 2015

Julia Edwards, "Obama to veto bill letting Congress weigh in on Iran deal" Reuters / March 2, 2015 President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday.... View Source ›

March 2, 2015

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "White House Offers Rebuttal Before Netanyahu’s Speech" The New York Times / March 2, 2015 Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, the Obama administration sought on Friday to refute the Israeli leader’s expected critique, arguing that he has failed to present a feasible alternative to American proposals for constraining Iran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

March 2, 2015

Michael R. Gordon, "Kerry Is Pushing for Agreement in Iran Nuclear Talks" The New York Times / March 2, 2015 They have spent long hours alone together. They exchange private emails. Their walk along the Rhone River in Geneva in January so unnerved hard-line lawmakers in Tehran that they signed a petition fretting about the duo’s unseemly “intimacy.”... View Source ›

February 27, 2015

Oren Dorell, "U.S. casts doubt on secret Iran nuke facility" USA Today / February 27, 2015 The State Department on Thursday cast doubt on claims by an Iranian dissident group that it has discovered a secret underground Iranian nuclear facility.... View Source ›

February 27, 2015

Jihad Fakhreddine and Travis Owen, "Iranians More Hopeful for Nuclear Deal" Gallup / February 27, 2015 As negotiations continue between Iran and six major global powers about the future of the country's nuclear program, Iranians have more hope than they did in 2013 that both sides will eventually reach an agreement.... View Source ›

February 26, 2015

"Rouhani seeks clergy support in holy city " Gulf Today / February 26, 2015 President Hassan Rouhani, as decision time looms for a nuclear deal with world powers, sought Wednesday to win the support of the religious community at the "backbone" of the Islamic republic.... View Source ›

February 25, 2015

Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Exclusive: Iran smuggles in $1 billion of bank notes to skirt sanctions - sources" Reuters / February 25, 2015 At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.... View Source ›

February 24, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "Iran says to speed up work with IAEA as deadline looms" Reuters / February 24, 2015 The U.S. and Iran are exploring a nuclear deal that would keep Tehran from amassing enough material to make a bomb for at least a decade, but could then allow it to gradually build up its capabilities again.... View Source ›

February 24, 2015

Jodi Rudoren, "Israeli Views on Iran Diverged, Reports Say" The New York Times / February 24, 2015 Shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel’s dire warning at the United Nations in 2012 that Iran was a mere months away from being able to develop a nuclear bomb, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency presented a more sober assessment that did not support Mr. Netanyahu’s timetable.... View Source ›

February 24, 2015

Laurence Norman, "U.S., Iran Explore Option of 10-Year Nuclear Freeze" The Wall Street Journal / February 24, 2015 The U.S. and Iran are exploring a nuclear deal that would keep Tehran from amassing enough material to make a bomb for at least a decade, but could then allow it to gradually build up its capabilities again.... View Source ›

February 23, 2015

Bradley Klapper and George Jahn, "Phased Iran-US nuclear deal taking shape" Associated Press / February 23, 2015 The United States and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that would initially freeze Tehran's nuclear program but would allow it to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make nuclear arms over the last years of the agreement's duration.... View Source ›

February 20, 2015

"UN: Probe of alleged Iranian nuke weapons program stalled" Associated Press / February 20, 2015 The U.N. nuclear agency reported deadlock Thursday in its probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms — an assessment that further dims hopes that Tehran and six world powers could negotiate a full nuclear deal by their June deadline.... View Source ›

February 20, 2015

"Kerry, Iran FM to hold fresh nuclear talks" AFP / February 20, 2015 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and top US diplomat John Kerry will meet in Geneva this weekend for talks on Tehran's nuclear program, Iranian and American officials said Thursday.... View Source ›

February 19, 2015

"Iran, U.S. to hold talks in Geneva to narrow nuclear gaps: IRNA" Reuters / February 19, 2015 Iran and U.S. negotiators will hold talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program in Geneva on Friday to narrow remaining gaps aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with six major powers, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday.... View Source ›

February 19, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Supreme Leader Doubts Talks Will End Iran Sanctions" The New York Times / February 19, 2015 Iran’s supreme leader said on Wednesday that he did not believe that all sanctions against his country would be lifted, a move he had previously said was an essential condition for nuclear talks to succeed.... View Source ›

February 18, 2015

Hugh Bronstein, "Argentina asks U.S. to include 1994 bombing in Iran nuclear talks" Reuters / February 18, 2015 Argentina wants the United States to help it get to the bottom of a deadly 1994 bombing at the heart of a current political scandal by including the crime in the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

February 17, 2015

Barak Ravid, "Fearing leaks, U.S. 'limiting' information it shares with Israel on Iran nuke talks" Haaretz / February 17, 2015 The Americans fear Netanyahu will make use of the information given to Israel for his own political needs, and will try to undermine the talks between Iran and the big powers.... View Source ›

February 17, 2015

"China's foreign minister pushes Iran on nuclear deal" Reuters / February 17, 2015 A deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program would help it escape from sanctions and allow more efforts to be spent on economic development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a trip to Tehran.... View Source ›

February 17, 2015

"Iran refutes claim supreme leader wrote US president" Associated Press / February 17, 2015 Iran has denied a report that its supreme leader wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported, as the country negotiates with world powers over its contested nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 13, 2015

Elise Labott, "Majority of Israelis don't trust Obama on Iran" CNN / February 12, 2015 Nearly three in four Israelis don't trust President Barack Obama to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to a new survey among likely voters who also have an increasingly negative perception of the U.S. President.... View Source ›

February 12, 2015

Babak Dehghanpisheh, "Iran's Rouhani says goal of nuclear negotiations is 'win-win' outcome" Reuters / February 11, 2015 President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday the goal of Iran's negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program was a "win-win" outcome, a further signal that Tehran could accept a compromise to defuse a stand-off that has raised fears of war.... View Source ›

February 12, 2015

Golnar Motevali, "Iran nuclear deal must end all sanctions, Rouhani tells rally" Washington Post / February 11, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that he’s seeking the removal of all sanctions against his country during negotiations with world powers on a nuclear deal.... View Source ›

February 11, 2015

AFP, "US only power still in talks with Iran on nukes — senator Read more: US only power still in talks with Iran on nukes -- senato" AFP / February 10, 2015 Five of the six world powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program have stepped back, leaving Washington to hammer out a deal with Tehran, a key US lawmaker said Tuesday.... View Source ›

February 11, 2015

Associated Press, "Iran marks Islamic Revolution anniversary amid nuclear talks" AP / February 11, 2015 Iran marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with massive rallies, with many chanting against the U.S. and Israel as the country tries to reach a permanent deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 10, 2015

Nedra Pickler, "Obama: Time has come for Iran to decide on nuclear deal" AP / February 10, 2015 President Barack Obama said Monday that the time has come for Iran to decide whether to accept a nuclear deal, and he acknowledged "very real differences" with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the negotiations.... View Source ›

February 10, 2015

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Isabel Kershner, "Obama and Netanyahu Clash From Afar Over Israeli’s Planned Speech" NYTimes / February 9, 2015 The latest conflict between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel erupted into public view on Monday, as the two leaders clashed from afar over Mr. Netanyahu’s plans to visit Washington next month and the direction of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 10, 2015

Agence France-Presse, "Ex-congressman visits Iran and makes urgent call for better ties" AFP / February 9, 2015 Jim Slattery – who says it was first invited trip by a US lawmaker since 1979 – says Iran could fall back under rule of hardliners without nuclear deal.... View Source ›

February 9, 2015

Associated Press, "Israel will try to halt 'dangerous' nuclear deal with Iran" AP / February 8, 2015 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will do everything it can to prevent world powers from reaching a "bad and dangerous deal" with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 9, 2015

Agence France-Presse, "Kerry: No Iran talks extension without 'outlines' of a deal" AFP / February 8, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out extending a March 31 deadline for Iran nuclear talks unless the basic framework of an agreement is hammered out, speaking in an interview aired Sunday.... View Source ›

February 9, 2015

Michael R. Gordon and Steven Erlanger, "Deadline Nearing, Iran Presses for Progress in Nuclear Talks" NYTimes / February 8, 2015 Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Sunday that Tehran did not favor another extension of the talks on limiting its nuclear program and expected economic sanctions to be quickly lifted if an accord was reached.... View Source ›

February 9, 2015

Associated Press, "Ire over Netanyahu’s speech, but Dems hopes to limit fallout" AP / February 7, 2015 The Israeli prime minister’s upcoming speech to Congress without President Barack Obama’s blessing has angered Democratic lawmakers, but they see little remedy except to hope for minimal damage to their party and U.S.-Israel relations.... View Source ›

February 9, 2015

Mehrdad Balali and Shadia Nasralla, "Iran's Khamenei hints ready to accept fair nuclear deal as talks proceed" Reuters / February 8, 2015 Iran's paramount leader suggested on Sunday he could back a fair nuclear accord with world powers in which neither side got everything it wanted, boosting Iranian negotiators under fire from hardliners at home opposed to rapprochement with the West.... View Source ›

February 6, 2015

"Kerry, Zarif to Hold Nuclear Talks" VOA / February 6, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will meet in Munich Friday to discuss the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 6, 2015

Bill Spindle, "In Iran, as in U.S., Nuclear Deal is Hotly Debated" The Wall Street Journal / February 6, 2015 In the chamber of Iran’s parliament recently, consternation mounted quickly over what hard-liners saw as a grave development: The foreign minister had taken a private stroll through a Geneva garden with his American counterpart, John Kerry, during a break in nuclear negotiations.... View Source ›

February 5, 2015

"Kerry to meet with Iranian foreign minister in Germany" Associated Press / February 5, 2015 A State Department officials says that Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Munich, Germany on Saturday to discuss the ongoing nuclear negotiations.... View Source ›

February 5, 2015

Rick Gladstone, "Iran’s President Accuses West of Distorting Atomic Plans" The New York Times / February 5, 2015 Portraying himself to be as tough as his domestic critics, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran criticized nuclear-armed powers on Wednesday, singling out the United States and Israel for what he described as false and hypocritical warnings about Iranian atomic ambitions.... View Source ›

February 5, 2015

"Iranian nuclear negotiators face further criticism" Al-Monitor / February 5, 2015 There are murmurs in Tehran that the pressure on the moderate nuclear negotiation team is rising. A hard-line figure has admitted in an interview with Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that his like-minded friends have made a string of targeted attacks against foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif and his team.... View Source ›

February 4, 2015

"US, Iran discussing nuclear talks compromise" Associated Press / February 4, 2015 With time for negotiations running short, the U.S and Iran are discussing a compromise that would let Iran keep much of its uranium-enriching technology but reduce its potential to make nuclear weapons, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.... View Source ›

February 3, 2015

Marissa Newman, "Iranian bill aims to step up nuclear program if sanctions added" The Times of Israel / February 3, 2015 220 MPs sign proposal, which also calls for any deal with West to lift all sanctions.... View Source ›

February 2, 2015

"Iran holds counter-sabotage drills in Fordo N. site" ISNA / February 2, 2015 Iran successfully staged series of unannounced counter-sabotage drills in Fordo enrichment site, central Iran, with the aim of dealing with any possible sabotage.... View Source ›

February 2, 2015

"Rouhani accuses Iranian hardliners of 'cheering on' other side in atom talks" Reuters / February 2, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, growing frustrated with hardline resistance to a nuclear deal with the West, accused opponents on Saturday of effectively "cheering on" the other side in Tehran's grueling negotiations with world powers.... View Source ›

January 30, 2015

"Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans 'promising' but no progress" Reuters / January 30, 2015 Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear program were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.... View Source ›

January 28, 2015

David E. Sanger, "In Reprieve to Obama, Senate Democrats Agree to Wait on Iran Sanctions" The New York Times / January 28, 2015 Ten Senate Democrats who have advocated putting more sanctions on Iran gave the White House a two-month reprieve on Tuesday, saying they would wait until after the late-March deadline for completing the outlines of a deal to restrain Tehran’s nuclear program before voting for a bill that President Obama has said would undermine any chance of reaching an agreement.... View Source ›

January 27, 2015

Patricia Zengerle, "Democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions" Reuters / January 27, 2015 Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Barack Obama has pledged to veto.... View Source ›

January 27, 2015

Molly O'Toole, "Iran Sanctions Showdown Is Drawing New Battlelines in Congress" Defense One / January 27, 2015 The real fight over Iran sanctions isn’t between the White House and the new Republican majority in Congress — it’s a no-holds-barred, intra-party battle that, until now, has largely been fought behind closed doors and between the lines of statements to the press in the U.S. Capitol and capitals worldwide.... View Source ›

January 26, 2015

Amir Vahdat, "Iran Foreign Minister Summoned to Explain Stroll With Kerry" Associated Press / January 26, 2015 Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a Sunday report by the country's official IRNA news agency.... View Source ›

January 26, 2015

"Iran lawmakers drafting law on nuclear enrichment hike" AFP / January 26, 2015 Iran's parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country's nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers.... View Source ›

January 23, 2015

"EU court scraps sanctions on Iran bank, shipping concerns" Associated Press / January 23, 2015 A European Union high court has annulled sanctions that the 28-nation bloc imposed on an Iranian bank and a shipping line and companies linked to it, over Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

January 22, 2015

Anne Gearan, "Clinton backs Obama on opposing new Iran sanctions" The Washington Post / January 22, 2015 New congressional sanctions on Iran would give Iranian allies Russia and China an excuse to to back out of international negotiations and destroy chances for a nuclear deal, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.... View Source ›

January 22, 2015

Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, "Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions" BloombergView / January 22, 2015 The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations.... View Source ›

January 22, 2015

Martin Matishak , "Administration opposes up-or-down vote on Iran nuclear deal" The Hill / January 22, 2015 The State Departments’ No.2 diplomat on Wednesday signaled the administration would oppose an up-or-down vote on any nuclear agreement reached with Iran.... View Source ›

January 22, 2015

"U.S. official: negotiators look to March for agreement on 'core' Iran deal" Reuters / January 22, 2015 U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday international negotiators hope to reach an agreement in March on all of the core elements on an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program.... View Source ›

January 21, 2015

"Russia says progress on Iran nuclear talks possible by end-June" Reuters / January 21, 2015 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday there had been progress in world powers' talks with Iran on its nuclear program and there were grounds to believe an agreement could be reached by an end-June deadline.... View Source ›

January 21, 2015

Thomas Grove, "Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran - media" Reuters / January 21, 2015 Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, honoring a contract that was canceled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

January 21, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Senate opens showdown with Obama over Iran sanctions" Associated Press / January 21, 2015 Senators are pushing to have a say about the ongoing international negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, a move they say will further destabilize an increasingly volatile Mideast.... View Source ›

January 16, 2015

"US lawmaker: Senate to begin Iran debate by February" AFP / January 16, 2015 The US Senate will begin debate within weeks on whether to slap new sanctions on Iran and demand congressional approval power over any nuclear deal reached with Tehran, a top lawmaker said Thursday.... View Source ›

January 16, 2015

"Iran considers resumption of nuclear enrichment if sanctions hiked" Middle East Online / January 16, 2015 Lawmakers are considering push toward resuming unlimited uranium enrichment if United States imposes new sanctions on Tehran.... View Source ›

January 15, 2015

"Kerry says may meet Iran's Zarif again this week" Reuters / January 15, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he may meet Iran's foreign minister again this week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program following their roughly six hours of talks on Wednesday.... View Source ›

January 15, 2015

Matthew Lee, "US, Iran hopeful on speeding up nuclear talks" Associated Press / January 15, 2015 The United States and Iran are expressing hope that nuclear talks can be accelerated in order to meet a March target for a framework agreement, as the countries' top diplomats met Wednesday ahead of a resumption of full negotiations.... View Source ›

January 15, 2015

Julian Pecquet, "US House preps its own Iran sanctions bill" Al-Monitor / January 15, 2015 The US House of Representatives has begun working on its own Iran sanctions bill rather than simply agreeing to pass whatever the Senate comes up with, Al-Monitor has learned.... View Source ›

January 14, 2015

"State Department: New Iran sanctions violate deal, will be vetoed" The Jerusalem Post / January 14, 2015 Any bill from Congress regarding new, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran during international talks over its nuclear program will be vetoed by US President Barack Obama, the State Department said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

January 14, 2015

Garrett Nada, "In Iran and U.S., Hard-Liners Apply Pressure Over Nuclear Talks" The Wall Street Journal / January 14, 2015 A deal on Iran’s nuclear program would be one of the most important non-proliferation agreements in decades. Yet selling a deal at home may prove more difficult for the two administrations than the nuclear talks themselves.... View Source ›

January 14, 2015

Matthew Lee, "Iranian official hopeful on nuclear talks with US" Associated Press / January 14, 2015 Iran's foreign minister says he hopes a discussion with U.S. secretary of State John Kerry will accelerate nuclear talks and allow negotiators to meet a March target for a framework accord.... View Source ›

January 14, 2015

"CIA leak trial continues in Va., focus on Iranian operation" Associated Press / January 14, 2015 Federal prosecutors will continue to present their case to a jury in Alexandria against a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information to a reporter about a covert operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.... View Source ›

January 13, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "New sanctions could torpedo Iran nuclear deal: U.S. envoy to U.N." Reuters / January 13, 2015 It is still possible to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, but new U.S. congressional sanctions could seriously undermine prospects for an agreement and end up isolating Washington instead of Tehran, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Monday.... View Source ›

January 13, 2015

Michael Wilner, "Senate prepares new Iran sanctions bill before State of the Union" The Jerusalem Post / January 13, 2015 Senate leadership will move ahead this week with a bill that triggers new sanctions on Iran if negotiations over its nuclear program fail, according to senior aides on Capitol Hill.... View Source ›

January 13, 2015

"Iran calls for greater Russian role in nuclear talks" AFP / January 13, 2015 Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday that a more active role for Russia could speed up talks aimed at sealing a comprehensive deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.... View Source ›

January 12, 2015

"Iran to Unveil First Patch of Home-Made Nuclear Fuel Complex in Coming Months" Farsnews / January 12, 2015 Salehi said that Iran is to unveil its first fuel complex, whose fuel is similar to what is needed for the Bushehr power plant on April 9, adding that the fuel would go on display without uranium plates.... View Source ›

January 9, 2015

AFP, "US-Iran to hold bilateral nuclear talks next week Read more: US-Iran to hold bilateral nuclear talks next week | The Times of I" Times of Israel / January 9, 2015 American and Iranian negotiators will resume bilateral talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program next week in Geneva as a third deadline for a deal looms, a US official said Thursday.... View Source ›

January 9, 2015

Reuters, "U.S. lawmakers to reintroduce Iran sanctions legislation" Reuters / January 8, 2015 Republican lawmakers said on Thursday they are close to reintroducing legislation seeking a voice in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and to impose tougher sanctions against Iran, now that they control both houses of the U.S. Congress.... View Source ›

January 8, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Iran’s Supreme Leader Is Skeptical of Nuclear Talks With U.S." NYTimes / Iran’s supreme leader said on Wednesday that his country should find internal solutions for dealing with economic sanctions and that the United States could not be trusted to lift sanctions in the event that a nuclear agreement is reached.... View Source ›

January 7, 2015

Ladane Nasseri, "Khamenei Says Iran Won't Trade `Honor' for Lifting Sanctions" Businessweek / January 7, 2015 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would reject conditions for the lifting of sanctions that undermined the country’s “honor.”... View Source ›

January 7, 2015

Joel Schectman, "Lawmakers Seek Sanctions Probe of Iranian Oil Meeting" The Wall Street Journal / January 7, 2015 Lawmakers asked U.S. authorities to investigate a London conference on oil investments in Iran for possible sanctions violations. One problem: by the time the senators got their protest letter out the event had already been cancelled.... View Source ›

January 6, 2015

"France 'will not yield' on Iran nuclear demand: Hollande" AFP / January 6, 2015 French President Francois Hollande said on Monday his country would stand firm on its demand that Tehran vow not to pursue nuclear weapons ahead of fresh international negotiations.... View Source ›

January 5, 2015

"Iran says no deal with U.S. to ship enriched uranium to Russia" Reuters / January 5, 2015 Iran denied on Saturday that it had reached an agreement with the United States to ship its surplus enriched uranium to Russia under new concessions aimed at clinching a comprehensive nuclear deal with six world powers.... View Source ›

January 5, 2015

Yousef Gamal El-Din , "Iran's president threatens vote on nuclear deal" CNBC / January 5, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for a variety of economic reforms and even tabled the possibility of a referendum on the country's controversial nuclear negotiations during a speech on Sunday. ... View Source ›

January 5, 2015

Ladane Nasseri and Bruce Stanley, "Iran ‘Won’t Give In’ After 60% Decline in Oil Exports" Businessweek / January 5, 2015 Iran’s oil exports have fallen 60 percent to 1 million barrels a day, the Tehran-based Shargh newspaper reported, citing comments by Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.... View Source ›

January 5, 2015

"Iran ‘thwarts Mossad attempt to assassinate nuclear scientist’" RT / January 5, 2015 Iran claims it has foiled an assassination attempt against one of its nuclear scientists by the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad. A senior Iranian security official said the Revolutionary Guards thwarted the attempt.... View Source ›

December 31, 2014

Paul Richter, "Russia threatens to halt cooperation with U.S. on Iran, Syria" Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2014 Russia warned Tuesday that it may halt cooperation with the United States on Iran and Syria in response to a continuing stream of U.S. sanctions.... View Source ›

December 31, 2014

"AEOI Reiterates Iran's Resolve to Generate More Nuclear Electricity" Farsnews / December 31, 2014 Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran plans to built two more nuclear plants with the help of Russia since nuclear generated power is more cost-effective.... View Source ›

December 29, 2014

"Iranian Envoys Visit Fordo N. Enrichment Site" Farsnews / December 29, 2014 A delegation of Iranian ambassadors to foreign states and foreign ministry officials visited Fordo uranium enrichment facility in Central Iran on Monday.... View Source ›

December 26, 2014

"Iran Warns Western Powers Against ‘Illegitimate Demands’ in Nuclear Talks" Algemeiner Journal / December 26, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned Western countries against making “humiliating, illegitimate demands” in the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 26, 2014

Osamu Tsukimori, "Asian imports of Iran crude rise above 1 million bpd in November" Reuters / December 26, 2014 Asian imports of Iranian crude climbed above 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in November, after dropping to a one-year trough below that level in the previous month, as higher seasonal demand during winter boosted purchases.... View Source ›