Daily News: iran

August 4, 2015

Mike Debonis, "Iran nuclear deal’s fate in Congress rests with undecided Democrats" Washington Post / August 4, 2015 Before he served as a U.S. senator, before he ran Delaware’s largest county, Christopher A. Coons was a corporate lawyer, reviewing contracts and business proposals for W.L. Gore & Associates.... View Source ›

August 4, 2015

"Obama to Make Major Speech on Iran Nuclear Pact" Voice of America / August 4, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama is planning to make a major speech later this week to discuss the international accord to restrain Iran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

August 4, 2015

"News Guide: A Look at the Iran Nuclear Deal and Congress" Associated Press / August 4, 2015 Congress' vote on the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most significant national security decision since lawmakers voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq.... View Source ›

August 4, 2015

David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning, "We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry" Reuters / August 3, 2015 Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighborliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers.... View Source ›

August 4, 2015

David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning, "Kerry hopes for better Iran conduct after deal but it "may not happen"" Reuters / August 3, 2015 Iran's "behaviour" may improve internationally in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers but Washington and Gulf Arab allies who accuse it of subversion aim to be prepared if that does not happen, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.... View Source ›

August 3, 2015

"Iran nuclear deal: John Kerry tries to ease Gulf concerns" BBC / August 3, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Qatar to try to reassure Gulf allies over the nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

August 3, 2015

Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, "U.N. Nuclear Chief Will Meet With Lawmakers Over Iran Inspections" Wall Street Journal / July 31, 2015 The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, will meet Wednesday with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a bid to blunt growing criticism of the agency’s inspections regime for Iran’s nuclear sites.... View Source ›

August 3, 2015

Spencer Kimball, "US-Saudi alliance stays strong after Iran nuclear deal" Deutsche Welle / August 3, 2015 Will the Iran nuclear deal strain ties between Saudi Arabia and the US? Hardly. The alliance between the world's largest absolute monarchy and its oldest constitutional republic remains strong, Spencer Kimball reports.... View Source ›

August 3, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal" Associated Press / August 3, 2015 Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress.... View Source ›

August 3, 2015

Dana Khraiche and Ladane Nass, "Iran's foreign minister calls for world's nuclear weapons states to disarm" The Guardian / August 3, 2015 Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Israel and the world’s eight other states with nuclear weapons to begin disarming, in response to his country’s acceptance of strict curbs on its nuclear programme in an agreement reached earlier this month.... View Source ›

July 31, 2015

"Russia to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran" Associated Press / July 30, 2015 A Kremlin official says that Russia is working to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran.... View Source ›

July 31, 2015

"Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections" Associated Press / July 30, 2015 Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.... View Source ›

July 31, 2015

David Lerman, "‘Secret Side Deals’ on Iran Accord Are New Republican Target" Washington Post/Bloomberg / July 30, 2015 Confidential agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will inspect Iran’s nuclear facilities, emerged as a key point of contention with Republicans at a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Armed Services Committee.... View Source ›

July 31, 2015

Steve Inskeep, "Ex-Mossad Chief Supports Iran Nuclear Deal" NPR / July 31, 2015 Israel is among the critics of the Iran nuclear agreement. Steve Inskeep talks to Efraim Halevy, ex-head of Israel's national intelligence agency, who sees the deal as a step in the right direction.... View Source ›

July 31, 2015

Idress Ali, "U.S. political fight over Iran nuclear deal goes Hollywood" Reuters / July 30, 2015 The U.S. political battle over the Iran nuclear agreement has gone Hollywood, thanks to a new video strongly backing the deal featuring boldface names from Jack Black and Morgan Freeman to former spy Valerie Plame and Jordan's Queen Noor.... View Source ›

July 30, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Defense Secretary Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal preferable to military strike" Associated Press / July 29, 2015 Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.... View Source ›

July 30, 2015

Helene Cooper and Gardiner Harris, "Top General Gives ‘Pragmatic’ View of Iran Nuclear Deal" New York Times / July 29, 2015 While the nuclear agreement with Iran will not stop it from funding organizations the United States considers to be terrorist groups, the pact reduces the chances of a near-term military conflict between the two countries, the top American military leader, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told Congress on Wednesday.... View Source ›

July 30, 2015

David Lerman, "‘Secret Side Deals’ on Iran Accord Are New Target of Republicans" Bloomberg / July 30, 2015 Republican lawmakers have opened a new avenue of attack on the Iran nuclear accord by criticizing what they call “secret side deals” governing the inspection process that will be withheld from Congress.... View Source ›

July 29, 2015

Armin Rosen, "A critical unknown is emerging in the Iran deal" Business Insider / July 28, 2015 One of the big unanswered questions regarding the historic nuclear deal between a US-led group of countries and Iran had to do with the status of a side agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran.... View Source ›

July 29, 2015

Jennifer Steinhauer, "Iran Nuclear Deal Gets Support of House Israel Backer, Sander Levin" New York Times / July 28, 2015 Representative Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan and the longest-serving Jewish member now in Congress, said Tuesday that he would support the Iran nuclear accord, lending a hefty voice of approval in a chamber deeply skeptical of the deal.... View Source ›

July 29, 2015

"Senior US Officials Continue Testimony on Iran Nuclear Deal" Voice of America / July 29, 2015 Another set of U.S. lawmakers get their chance to question and hear testimony from senior officials Wednesday as they continue to evaluate the international nuclear agreement with Iran.... View Source ›

July 29, 2015

David Jackson, "Obama's day: Selling the Iran nuclear deal" USA Today / July 29, 2015 Back in Washington after a week in Africa, President Obama resumes selling the Iran nuclear agreement on Wednesday.... View Source ›

July 29, 2015

Dan Roberts, "John Kerry warns Congress: back Iran nuclear deal or face dire consequences" The Guardian / July 28, 2015 The United States risks a collapse in its future negotiating credibility if it walks away from the Iranian nuclear deal, according to US secretary of state John Kerry, who argues Congress now has little choice but to back the plan.... View Source ›

July 28, 2015

George Jahn, "Officials: Iran may take own samples at alleged nuclear site" Associated Press / July 28, 2015 Officials say Iran wants its own officials to take soil samples at a site where it is alleged to have worked on a nuclear weapon, and the U.N. agency probing the suspicions may agree provided it is allowed to monitor the process.... View Source ›

July 28, 2015

Deb Riechman, "Cabinet secretaries on Capitol Hill again to sell Iran deal" Associated Press / July 28, 2015 The Obama administration's vigorous effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress continues — this time in the House where three Cabinet secretaries will face tough questioning on Tuesday from skeptical Democrats and Republicans.... View Source ›

July 28, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Former Ambassadors to Israel Back Iran Nuclear Deal" Associated Press / July 27, 2015 Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials sent a letter Monday to leaders in Congress urging them to support the nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

July 28, 2015

Carol E. Lee and Reid J. Epstein, "Obama Blasts GOP Critics of Iran Nuclear Deal" Wall Street Journal / July 27, 2015 President Barack Obama excoriated Republican critics of the nuclear agreement with Iran, particularly GOP presidential candidate... View Source ›

July 28, 2015

Bethany Bell, "How will Iran's nuclear deal be policed?" BBC / July 28, 2015 If Iran keeps or breaches promises it made when it signed a deal over its nuclear programme, it will be up to one group to confirm the news to the world.... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

Jonathan Weisman and Michael R. Gordon, "Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal Before Skeptical Senate" New York Times / July 23, 2015 After four and a half hours of contentious questioning, three cabinet secretaries deployed Thursday by President Obama to the Senate to defend his nuclear deal with Iran appeared to keep Democrats largely lined up as a bulwark against Republican opposition.... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

"The Latest: Kerry says US allies won’t back military force" Associated Press / July 23, 2015 The latest in a hearing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting on the agreement the United States and five other world powers struck this month with Iran to rein in its nuclear weapons program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, "Rouhani assures critics nuclear deal is good for Iran" Reuters / July 23, 2015 President Hassan Rouhani defended Iran's nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on Thursday it reflected the nation's will and was "more valuable" than carping over the details.... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

"Saudi FM: Iran deal may stop Tehran from getting nuke weapon" Associated Press / July 23, 2015 Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Thursday the Iran nuclear deal appears to have the provisions needed to curtail Iran's ability to obtain a nuclear weapon in what were the most favorable remarks yet from the kingdom on the recent agreement.... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

"European business reps congregate on Iran business forum" Associated Press / July 23, 2015 Oil, gas, banks and more, worth tens of billions of dollars to the highest bidder. Less than 10 days after signing its nuclear deal, Iran formally threw open its doors Thursday to European Union companies, eager to do business — and dozens of firms answered the call.... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

Oren Dorell, "Four key questions about the Iran deal" USA Today / July 23, 2015 Senators grilled three members of President Obama's Cabinet on Thursday about the international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Here are four key questions raised about the agreement, the answers given and the facts.... View Source ›

July 24, 2015

Jay Solomon and Felicia Schwartz, "Senators Voice Skepticism on Iran Nuclear Deal" Wall Street Journal / July 23, 2015 Lawmakers sharply clashed with Obama administration officials Thursday over the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran in a hearing that marked the start of and set the tone for two months of heated political debate.... View Source ›

July 23, 2015

Michael R. Gordon, "Verification Process in Iran Deal Is Questioned by Some Experts" New York Times / July 22, 2015 The Obama administration’s claim that the Iran nuclear accord provides for airtight verification procedures is coming under challenge from nuclear experts with long experience in monitoring Tehran’s program.... View Source ›

July 23, 2015

Robert Burns, "Carter: Saudis welcoming Iran deal with reservations" Associated Press / July 22, 2015 Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his defense minister support the Iran nuclear deal but have doubts about how effectively the historic agreement will be enforced, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.... View Source ›

July 23, 2015

Karoun Demirjian, "‘Secret deals’ become latest congressional complaint about Iran deal" Washington Post / July 22, 2015 A rising chorus of criticism emerged from the closed-door Iran briefings at the Capitol on Wednesday, as lawmakers skeptical of the nuclear agreement demanded a reckoning from administration officials about so-called “secret deals” between Tehran and the agency tasked with inspecting nuclear facilities.... View Source ›

July 23, 2015

Roy Gutman, "Iran also in for a contentious debate on the nuclear accord" McClatchy / July 22, 2015 As the U.S. Congress kicks off a contentious debate over the Iran nuclear accord, hardliners in the Iranian political system are gearing up for a battle of their own, targeting a key verification provision that they hope to defeat in an open parliamentary vote. Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article28354942.html?utm_source=AM+Nukes+Roundup&utm_campaign=4582c06be8-AM_Nukes_Roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_547ee518ec-4582c06be8-391762253#storylink=cpy... View Source ›

July 23, 2015

Verena Dobnik, "Iran deal with US brings thousands to Times Square protest" Associated Press / July 22, 2015 Thousands of protesters packed into Times Square Wednesday evening to demand that Congress vote down the proposed U.S. deal with Iran.... View Source ›

July 23, 2015

Eleanor Beardsley, "After Nuclear Deal, European Businesses Flock To Iran" NPR / July 23, 2015 Iran's market of 80 million, well-educated consumers is not open yet, but French and other European business delegations are already flocking to the country. They will be the first in and have a head start, but analysts say American business could be the big winner in the end.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

Nahal Toosi, "John Kerry picks overseer for Iran deal" Politico / July 21, 2015 Career diplomat Joseph Macmanus will coordinate implementation of the agreement on an interim basis.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

Julia Edwards, "Obama pitches Iran deal to vets, Daily Show's Stewart" Reuters / July 21, 2015 President Barack Obama's campaign to convince Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal led him on Tuesday to a veterans' convention and The Daily Show, where he took jabs at those opposing the agreement.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Iran Lawmakers to Wait 80 Days Before Voting on Nuclear Deal" New York Times / July 21, 2015 The Iranian Parliament will wait at least 80 days before voting on a nuclear agreement reached last week with world powers, as legislators decided on Tuesday to form a committee to study the accord, state radio reported.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

David Lauter, "Do Americans support the Iran deal? A lot depends on how they're asked" LA Times / July 21, 2015 Americans support the nuclear agreement with Iran by 56% to 37%. No, they disapprove of the deal, 48% to 38%.The conflicting findings come from respected polling operations with long track records of accurately tracking public opinion. A Washington Post/ABC News survey released Monday found Americans supporting the deal; a poll from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center released Tuesday found disapproval.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

Suzanne Barlyn, "Iran deal offers faint hope for Iranian-American banking woes" Reuters / July 22, 2015 The Iran nuclear pact could eventually help thousands of Iranian-Americans who have struggled with red tape, shuttered accounts, and even criminal prosecution to conduct bank transactions, although relief seems unlikely anytime soon.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

Oren Dorell, "Big money and ads clash over Iran nuclear deal" USA Today / July 22, 2015 As the Senate opens a two-month congressional review of the nuclear agreement with Iran on Thursday, opponents of the deal are spending tens of millions of dollars to rally the American public and U.S. lawmakers against it.... View Source ›

July 22, 2015

Scott Bobb, "US Defense Chief Meets With Saudi King on Iran Nuclear Deal" Voice of America / July 22, 2015 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman Wednesday, as part of a regional tour aimed at convincing skeptical allies about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "60 Senior US National Security Leaders Support Iran Deal" Associated Press / July 20, 2015 Sixty national security leaders, ambassadors, military leaders and former Cabinet secretaries signed a letter released on Monday in support of the nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

"UN resolution 'clear message' Iran deal is path forward: Obama" AFP / July 20, 2015 US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed the passage of a UN Security Council resolution backing his nuclear deal with Iran, saying he expected a skeptical Congress to take note.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

Sam Sanders, "U.S. Will Lose 'All Credibility' If Congress Rejects Nuclear Deal, Kerry Says" NPR / July 20, 2015 Just after hosting Cuba's foreign minister at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to discuss the restoration of diplomatic relations with that country, as well as the status of a nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

Scott Clement, "56 percent of people support Obama’s Iran deal. But they don’t think it will work." Washington Post / July 20, 2015 A majority of Americans support the Iran deal despite widespread doubts it will stop the country from developing nuclear weapons, according to new Washington Post-ABC News poll.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

Gernot Heller, "RPT-Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze " Reuters / July 20, 2015 Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday towards reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

Michelle Nichols and Bozorgmehr Nouri, "U.N. Council backs Iran nuclear deal but Tehran hardliners object" Reuters / July 20, 2015 The U.N. Security Council on Monday backed Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers but the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards attacked the resolution, underlining powerful opposition to the deal.... View Source ›

July 21, 2015

"N. Korea: No interest in something like Iranian nuclear deal" Associated Press / July 21, 2015 North Korea said Tuesday that it’s not interested in an Iran-type nuclear disarmament deal, saying it won’t abandon its atomic weapons as long as the United States maintains hostile policies toward the country.... View Source ›

July 20, 2015

"UN endorses Iran nuclear deal with 6 world powers" Associated Press / July 20, 2015 The U.N. Security Council has unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.... View Source ›

July 20, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Ayatollah Khamenei, Backing Iran Negotiators, Endorses Nuclear Deal" New York Times / July 18, 2015 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, voiced support on Saturday for his country’s nuclear deal with world powers while emphasizing that it did not signal an end to Iran’s hostility toward the United States and its allies, especially Israel.... View Source ›

July 20, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "Pressure for Congress on Iran deal as heated lobbying begins" Washington Post / July 20, 2015 Israel’s ambassador to the United States raced in and out of offices on Capitol Hill, trying to persuade lawmakers that the nuclear deal with Iran is a historic mistake.... View Source ›

July 20, 2015

Carol Morello, "No alternative to Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says on Sunday talk shows" Washington Post / July 19, 2015 Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, in a round of interviews that aired Sunday, defended the deal they negotiated with Iran, saying that it leaves the Middle East safer and that there is no viable alternative.... View Source ›

July 20, 2015

Missy Ryan, "Post nuclear-deal, Carter says military option against Iran remains on table" Washington Post / July 19, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter began a tour Sunday of Middle Eastern nations whose alliances with the United States have been strained by President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran.... View Source ›

July 20, 2015

Michele Kelemen, "Nuke Inspectors Gear Up For Iran, But Americans Unlikely To Be Included" NPR / July 18, 2015 The International Atomic Energy Agency has the big job of making sure Iran complies with the landmark nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna.... View Source ›

July 17, 2015

Michelle Nichols, "U.N. Security Council to vote Monday on endorsing Iran deal -U.S. diplomat" Reuters / July 16, 2015 The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a resolution that would endorse a deal placing long-term curbs on Iran's nuclear program but would retain an arms embargo and ban on the supply of ballistic missile technology, said a U.S. diplomat.... View Source ›

July 17, 2015

Justin Sink and Kathleen Miller, "Obama Plans Meeting About Iran Agreement With Saudi Diplomat" Bloomberg / July 16, 2015 President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir will meet Friday in Washington to discuss the issue, according to a White House official who asked for anonymity to discuss a meeting that hasn’t been publicly announced.... View Source ›

July 17, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Iranian Hard-Liners Say Nuclear Accord Crosses Their Red Lines" New York Times / July 16, 2015 When Iran’s supreme leader sent a note to the country’s president, thanking him for bringing the nuclear negotiations with the United States and other world powers to a conclusion, he added an important caveat. The comprehensive plan needs “close scrutiny,” the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote, adding: “Be concerned about possible violations of the commitments in the accord by other parties.”... View Source ›

July 17, 2015

Lisa Mascaro, "Senate disapproval of Iran nuclear deal appears less certain" LA Times / July 16, 2015 Days after President Obama announced a milestone nuclear agreement with Iran, the administration seems to be winning Round One against Republican congressional opponents.... View Source ›

July 17, 2015

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Former U.S. Diplomats Praise Iran Deal" New York Times / July 16, 2015 More than 100 former American ambassadors wrote to President Obama on Thursday praising the nuclear deal reached with Iran this week as a “landmark agreement” that could be effective in halting Tehran’s development of a nuclear weapon, and urging Congress to support it.... View Source ›

July 17, 2015

Somini Sengupta, "‘Snapback’ Is an Easy Way to Reimpose Iran Penalties" New York Times / July 16, 2015 The world powers have promised to keep an eye on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and renew United Nations sanctions, if deemed necessary, for an additional five years after the initial 10-year agreement comes to a close.... View Source ›

July 14, 2015

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Iran Nuclear Deal Is Reached With World Powers" NY Times / July 14, 2015 Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States said they had reached a historic accord on Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.... View Source ›

July 14, 2015

George Jahn and Matthew Lee, "18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord" Associated Press / July 14, 2015 After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.... View Source ›

July 14, 2015

"The Latest: Clinton Endorsing Iran Deal, Democrats Say" Associated Press / July 14, 2015 House Democrats say presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing the negotiated deal with Iran.... View Source ›

July 14, 2015

David E. Sanger, "Bet for Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal May Take Years to Pay Off" NY Times / July 14, 2015 In his opening to China more than 40 years ago, Richard M. Nixon made a huge Cold War gamble that he could forge a working relationship with a Communist country that had built a small arsenal of nuclear weapons and clearly had long-term ambitions for global power.... View Source ›

July 14, 2015

"Joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif " European External Action Service / July 14, 2015 "Today is an historic day. It is a great honour for us to announce that we have reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue."... View Source ›

July 14, 2015

"Putin says world can breathe a sigh of relief after Iran deal" Reuters / July 14, 2015 Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the six powers that reached the Iranian nuclear deal made a firm choice in favor of stability and cooperation.... View Source ›

July 13, 2015

"Diplomats: Iran Announcement Planned Monday" Associated Press / July 12, 2015 Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks plan to announce Monday that they've reached a historic deal capping nearly a decade of diplomacy that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Sunday.... View Source ›

July 13, 2015

Matthew Lee and George Jahn, "Iran talks hit final stage but deal remains elusive" Associated Press / July 13, 2015 Disputes over attempts to probe Tehran's alleged work on nuclear weapons unexpectedly persisted at Iran nuclear talks on Monday, diplomats said, threatening plans to wrap up a deal by midnight — the latest in a series of deadlines for the negotiations.... View Source ›

July 13, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and John Irish, "Iran nuclear deal edges closer but Zarif says talks may go on" Reuters / July 13, 2015 Iran and six world powers appeared close to a deal on Monday to give Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, but Iranian officials said talks could run past their latest midnight deadline and success was not guaranteed.... View Source ›

July 13, 2015

Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger, "Iran Nuclear Talks Are Nearing a Deal With Fewer Obstacles" New York Times / July 12, 2015 Negotiators from Iran and six world powers are down to a small number of remaining disputes for a historic deal that would limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for sanctions relief, diplomats said on Sunday.... View Source ›

July 13, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan, "UN Arms Embargo Issue Said to Be Resolved at Iran Nuclear Talks" Bloomberg / July 12, 2015 Negotiators seeking an accord with Iran over its nuclear program reached a political agreement to lift the United Nations arms embargo over time, according to a person at the Vienna talks who declined to be identified.... View Source ›

July 13, 2015

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Discussions Shift to Endgames as Nuclear Negotiations Drag On" New York Times / July 11, 2015 Absent real pronouncements 11 days after the hard-and-fast deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, people have begun looking to the balconies to determine if a deal is imminent. Well, one balcony: Mohammad Javad Zarif’s, Iran’s foreign minister, who on Saturday spent a lot of time in the sun.... View Source ›

July 10, 2015

Parisa Hafezi and John Irish, "Iran says Western powers backtracking as nuclear deadline expires" Reuters / July 10, 2015 Iran accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new "red lines" at nuclear talks, after the deadline to reach an agreement in time to receive expedited scrutiny from the U.S. Congress expired with no deal.... View Source ›

July 10, 2015

"Iran nuclear: Zarif says powers 'changing positions'" BBC / July 10, 2015 Iran has accused world powers of changing positions in marathon talks in Vienna aimed at resolving the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.... View Source ›

July 10, 2015

Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Top adviser to Iran's Khamenei says 'redlines' should be respected in nuclear talks: Tasnim" Reuters / July 9, 2015 The top adviser to Iran's supreme leader said on Friday that Tehran's "redlines" should be respected in nuclear talks with major powers aimed at curbing the country's nuclear program, the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim reported.... View Source ›

July 10, 2015

Carol Morello, "John Kerry again warns U.S. ‘can’t wait forever’ on Iran nuclear talks" Washington Post / July 9, 2015 The long, grueling nuclear talks with Iran are poised to break another deadline and continue at least a little longer, as negotiators said Thursday that they have been unable to resolve the remaining issues blocking a final agreement.... View Source ›

July 10, 2015

Patricia Zengerle, "Key U.S. senator 'very happy' Iran nuclear talks will go on" Reuters / July 9, 2015 The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday he did not see the continuation of Iran nuclear talks as a problem for U.S. lawmakers, who have the opportunity to vote on a deal after one is reached.... View Source ›

July 9, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi, "Iran nuclear deal close; impasse over weapons, missiles persists" Reuters / July 9, 2015 Iran and six world powers were close to an historic nuclear agreement on Thursday that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, but they remained deadlocked on the issue of Iranian arms and missile trade.... View Source ›

July 9, 2015

Laurence Norman, "New Tensions Emerge in Iran Nuclear Talks" Wall Street Journal / July 9, 2015 Tensions in the nuclear talks between Iran and six powers have boiled over in recent days, producing heated exchanges among foreign ministers as Washington and Tehran struggled to overcome remaining hurdles to a final agreement, according to people involved in the talks.... View Source ›

July 9, 2015

Carol Morello, "Iran nuclear talks pick up speed as another deadline looms" Washington Post / July 9, 2015 Negotiators raced Thursday to reach a nuclear deal with Iran while butting up against a third deadline in two weeks — all amid signs of discord erupting in their closed-door sessions.... View Source ›

July 9, 2015

Arshad Mohammed, "Western official denies report Iran nuclear talks could go to July 13" Reuters / July 9, 2015 A report by Iranian Press TV that nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers could be extended to Monday is "not true," a Western official said on Thursday.... View Source ›

July 9, 2015

George Jahn, "Top US-Iranian technicians meet, nuke talks in tough phase" Associated Press / July 8, 2015 Top nuclear experts from Iran and the United States huddled Wednesday on disputes that have pushed negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program into overtime. Some foreign ministers were returning to Vienna later in the day, but others were staying away, reflecting the distance still to go for a deal.... View Source ›

July 9, 2015

John Follain, Indira Lakshmanan, and Kambiz Foroohar, "Keep It Quiet, Aide Tells Shouting Kerry and Iran Minister" Bloomberg / July 8, 2015 On the hottest day of the year in Vienna, emergency air-conditioning units were deployed at the Iran nuclear talks, but it wasn’t enough to stop diplomats losing their cool.... View Source ›

July 8, 2015

Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger, "Talks on Iran Nuclear Deal Are Extended Once Again" New York Times / July 7, 2015 As diplomats declared they were entering yet another overtime period on Tuesday — the second since negotiators blew past the supposedly final June 30 deadline for concluding the accord — they sidestepped any talk of a firm date for reaching one of the hardest but potentially most consequential accords in recent diplomatic history.... View Source ›

July 8, 2015

John Irish and Arshad Mohammed, "Iran nuclear talks extended, "Reuters" says 48 hours left for deal" Reuters / July 7, 2015 Iran and major powers gave themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours.... View Source ›

July 8, 2015

Vladimir Soldatkin, "Russia says around eight unresolved issues remain in Iran nuclear talks - Interfax" Reuters / July 7, 2015 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that around eight issues remained to be "finalised" before a nuclear deal between Iran and six powers is reached, Interfax news agency reported.... View Source ›

July 8, 2015

Arshad Mohammed and Louis Charbonneau, "Limits on Iran missiles, arms trade will remain -U.S. official" Reuters / July 7, 2015 Iran will continue to face restrictions on its missile programme as well as its trade in conventional arms under an emerging nuclear agreement, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

July 8, 2015

"Earnest: Obama Won't Accept Iran Deal Short of Outline" Bloomberg / July 8, 2015 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks about the Iran nuclear talks. Earnest speaks the daily White House news conference.... View Source ›

July 7, 2015

Editorial Board, "The U.S. response to Iran’s cheating is a worrying omen" Washington Post / July 6, 2015 If it is reached in the coming days, a nuclear deal with Iran will be, at best, an unsatisfying and risky compromise. Iran’s emergence as a threshold nuclear power, with the ability to produce a weapon quickly, will not be prevented; it will be postponed, by 10 to 15 years. In exchange, Tehran will reap hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief it can use to revive its economy and fund the wars it is waging around the Middle East.... View Source ›

July 7, 2015

Bradley Klapper, "Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Nears, Testing Diplomatic Process And U.S. Resolve" Associated Press / July 7, 2015 Iran nuclear talks busted through their second deadline in a week Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The talks, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday.... View Source ›

July 7, 2015

David E. Sanger and Thomas Erdbrink, "Arms Embargo Takes on Larger Meaning as Iran Nuclear Talks Enter Endgame" New York Times / July 6, 2015 With foreign ministers from around the world arriving here in hopes that the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are entering their final hours, a senior Iranian official said on Monday that Tehran was demanding that all United Nations sanctions against his country — including the ban on the import or export of conventional arms — be lifted as part of any deal.... View Source ›

July 7, 2015

AFP, "Iran says it took ‘major step’ in meet with nuclear monitors" AFP / July 7, 2015 Iran and United Nations nuclear monitors took a “major step” toward resolving remaining issues regarding the Islamic Republic’s disputed atomic program, an Iranian spokesman said Tuesday.... View Source ›

July 7, 2015

Jay Solomon, "Iran Wants U.N. Arms Embargo Lifted" Wall Street Journal / July 6, 2015 Iran is pushing for a United Nations arms embargo to be completely lifted as part of the international community’s moves to improve relations with Tehran in the wake of an emerging nuclear agreement, a senior Iranian diplomat said Monday.... View Source ›

July 7, 2015

Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards richer" Reuters / July 6, 2015 Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions -- and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, "Nuclear Inspectors Await Chance to Use Modern Tools in Iran" New York Times / July 6, 2015 On the outskirts of this graceful city, the Iran Task Force of the International Atomic Energy Agency is preparing to move quickly if American and Iranian negotiators here manage to cut a deal on Iran’s nuclear program in the coming days.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

Arshad Mohammed, John Irish, and Shadia Nasralla, "Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says US ready to walk" Reuters / July 5, 2015 An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

Paul Richter, "Critics of Iran nuclear talks see room for a tougher bargain" LA Times / July 6, 2015 The Obama administration began its nuclear negotiations with Iran by insisting that Tehran halt production of all nuclear fuel, dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and roll back its missile program. In two years of bargaining, each of those demands has been dropped.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Disputes over missiles and arms embargo hold up Iran talks" Reuters / July 6, 2015 A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

Peter Kenyon, "Waiting For An Accord, IAEA Readies To Verify Iran's Nuclear Program" NPR / July 6, 2015 Yukia Amanao, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters that there could be a report by the end of the year on whether Iran once had a nuclear weapons program.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger, "U.N. Nuclear Chief Is Optimistic About Iranian Cooperation on Review" New York Times / July 4, 2015 The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Saturday that, with Iranian cooperation, his agency could complete an assessment on Iran’s suspected past nuclear work by December, potentially removing a major obstacle to a nuclear agreement.... View Source ›

July 6, 2015

Dan De Luce, "Even if Obama Wins an Iran Nuclear Deal in Vienna, Can He Sell It at Home?" Foreign Policy / July 5, 2015 The White House is already waging an all-out PR war as it prepares to bring a potential nuclear deal back to Washington.... View Source ›

July 2, 2015

Michael Shields, Louis Charbonneau, and Shadia Nasralla, "IAEA says Iran uranium stockpile reduced, but questions remain" Reuters / July 1, 2015 Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas dropped below the maximum level required under a 2013 interim nuclear agreement with world powers, a U.N. report showed, but a U.S. think-tank suggested Tehran had not entirely met its obligations.... View Source ›

July 2, 2015

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Iran Nuclear Talks Could Stall Over Access to Scientists and Sites" New York Times / July 1, 2015 For more than a decade, the C.I.A. has closely followed the workings of one Iranian officer and his sprawling nuclear empire: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the relentless driving force behind what Western intelligence agencies say was Iran’s Manhattan Project, its effort to design a compact nuclear weapon that could fit atop a missile.... View Source ›

July 2, 2015

Laurance Norman, "Iran Nuclear Talks: No Breakthrough Yet Says U.K. Foreign Secretary Hammond" Wall Street Journal / July 2, 2015 Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six power group haven't hit a “breakthrough moment,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Thursday as the diplomats pushed to wrap up talks by July 7.... View Source ›

July 2, 2015

Matthew Schofield, "New nuclear talks deadline not ours, Iran foreign minister says" McClatchy / July 1, 2015 One day after U.S. officials announced a weeklong extension of the deadline for reaching a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the Iranian foreign minister on Wednesday noted rather cryptically that his nation wasn’t working on any deadline. Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article25989319.html?utm_source=AM+Nukes+Roundup&utm_campaign=f261b6abef-AM_Nukes_Roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_547ee518ec-f261b6abef-391762253#storylink=cpy... View Source ›

July 2, 2015

Arshad Mohammed, "Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran" Reuters / July 1, 2015 Their inability to detect clandestine atomic programmes in Iraq and North Korea shadows Western officials as they seek to curb Iran's known nuclear activities and keep it from pursuing others in secret... View Source ›

July 1, 2015

George Jahn and Matthew Lee, "IAEA Chief travels to Iran as Nuke Talks Continue in Vienna" Associated Press / July 1, 2015 The head of the U.N. agency tasked to monitor a nuclear deal is traveling to Tehran to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the agency said Wednesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met again in Vienna with Iran's foreign minister.... View Source ›

July 1, 2015

AFP, "Way found to give UN access to suspect Iran sites: US" AFP / June 30, 2015 Global powers negotiating with Iran have drawn up a system which will give the UN atomic watchdog access to all suspect Iranian sites, a senior US official said Monday.... View Source ›

July 1, 2015

Parisa Hafezi and John Irish, "U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended" Reuters / July 1, 2015 Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off.... View Source ›

July 1, 2015

Jessica Washington, "Poll: Public Backs a Nuclear Deal With Iran by 2-1 Margin" NBC / June 30, 2015 By a 2-to-1 margin, more Americans support the United States and other world powers pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran than oppose it, according to new results from the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.... View Source ›

July 1, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "To many ordinary Iranians, nuclear deal means money, food and jobs" Reuters / July 1, 2015 To Iran's leaders, solving a nuclear standoff with the West might be a question of maintaining geopolitical influence and prestige. To its ordinary citizens, it's about money, food and jobs.... View Source ›

June 30, 2015

Siavosh Ghazi and Simon Sturdee, "Iran's Zarif back at nuclear talks seeking 'just' deal" AFP / June 30, 2015 Iran's foreign minister kept his cards close to his chest Tuesday as he returned to the fray in marathon nuclear talks with major powers after consultations in Tehran, saying only he wants a "just" deal.... View Source ›

June 30, 2015

Ladane Nasseri, "Rouhani’s Brother Joins Iran Nuclear Talks as Deal Within Reach" Bloomberg / June 30, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s brother and aide, Hossein Fereydoun, will join nuclear negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday as diplomats say an accord between the Islamic Republic and world powers is within reach.... View Source ›

June 30, 2015

Bradley Klapper and George Jahn, "Nuke talks set for several more days; signs of backtracking" Associated Press / June 29, 2015 World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday’s deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran’s negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve.... View Source ›

June 30, 2015

Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper, "Iranian minister: I have a mandate to clinch nuke deal" Associated Press / June 30, 2015 Iran's chief diplomat insisted Tuesday he had a mandate to finalize a nuclear agreement despite increased signs of backtracking by his country's supreme leader, as talks with world powers were set to blow past Tuesday's self-imposed deadline without a deal.... View Source ›

June 30, 2015

Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger, "U.S. Tells Iran That Preliminary Nuclear Deal Must Stand" New York Times / June 29, 2015 The United States warned Iran on Monday, in both English and Persian, that a preliminary agreement reached two months ago in Switzerland must remain the basis for a final nuclear deal.... View Source ›

June 30, 2015

Dan Perry and George Jahn, "For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart" Associated Press / June 29, 2015 The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.... View Source ›

June 29, 2015

George Jahn, "Nuke talks to miss target; Iran foreign minister heads home" Associated Press / June 28, 2015 A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran’s foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough.... View Source ›

June 29, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and Arshad Mohammed, "Western officials suggest Iran tries to wiggle out of nuclear pledges" Reuters / June 28, 2015 Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

June 29, 2015

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Crucial Questions Remain as Iran Nuclear Talks Approach Deadline" New York Times / June 28, 2015 Iran’s top nuclear negotiator was heading back to Tehran on Sunday to consult with his nation’s leadership, as negotiators remained divided over how to limit and monitor Tehran’s nuclear program and even on how to interpret the preliminary agreement they reached two months ago.... View Source ›

June 29, 2015

Jay Solomon, "Iran Wish List Led Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S." Wall Street Journal / June 28, 2015 Years of clandestine exchanges between the two countries helped build a foundation for nuclear negotiations... View Source ›

June 29, 2015

Paul Richter, "Iranian leader's motives unclear as nuclear talks resume" LA Times / June 27, 2015 As international negotiators gathered here Saturday for what is supposed to be a final round of nuclear diplomacy with Iran, the hope of achieving a deal hinges on a mystery: What does Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei really want?... View Source ›

June 29, 2015

John Irish, "France's Fabius says three conditions still not met for Iran deal" Reuters / June 27, 2015 France's foreign minister said on Saturday there were three conditions that Iran still needed to accept to ensure a "solid" agreement with major powers over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

June 26, 2015

Laura Koran and Elise Labott, "U.S.: Text of Iran nuclear deal will be made public but not signed" CNN / June 25, 2015 The U.S. expects that the text of any potential deal with Iran, including detailed technical annexes, will be made public but not be signed by the negotiating parties, a senior administration official told reporters Thursday.... View Source ›

June 26, 2015

Arshad Mohammed and David Brunnstrom, "Kerry cautiously hopeful before Iran nuclear talks" Reuters / June 25, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he was hopeful about nuclear negotiations with Iran but that he did not wish to convey optimism ahead of a June 30 deadline for a deal... View Source ›

June 26, 2015

Louis Charbonneau and Paris Hafezi, "Kerry tells Iran foreign minister 'the past does matter' - sources" Reuters / June 25, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran's foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.... View Source ›

June 26, 2015

Patricia Zengerle, "U.S. lawmakers lay down 'red lines' on Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / June 25, 2015 As talks on an Iran nuclear deal enter the final stretch, U.S. lawmakers are sharpening warnings against a "weak" agreement and laying down red lines that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully crafted international p... View Source ›

June 26, 2015

Jo Biddle and Simon Sturdee, "US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may 'slip'" AFP / June 25, 2015 High-stakes talks to nail down a historic deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear programme may "slip" past a June 30 deadline, a top US official admitted Thursday ahead of crunch weekend negotiations in Vienna.... View Source ›

June 26, 2015

Jay Solomon, "Iran Leader’s Terms Complicate Talks as Deadine Nears" Wall Street Journal / June 25, 2015 Strict terms set by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on his country’s nuclear program this week rattled Western governments and staunch supporters of the White House’s negotiations with Tehran just days ahead of a diplomatic deadline.... View Source ›

June 25, 2015

David Sanger, "Ex-Advisers Warn Obama That Iran Nuclear Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of Standards" New York Times / June 24, 2015 Five former members of President Obama’s inner circle of Iran advisers have written an open letter expressing concern that a pending accord to stem Iran’s nuclear program “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement” and laying out a series of minimum requirements that Iran must agree to in coming days for them to support a final deal.... View Source ›

June 25, 2015

George Jahn, "Iranian foreign minister to join nuclear talks on Friday" Associated Press / June 25, 2015 With significant gaps standing in the way of an Iran nuclear deal, foreign ministers at the seven-nation talks are adding their diplomatic muscle to the negotiations ahead of a June 30 target date for an agreement.... View Source ›

June 25, 2015

John Irish, "France voices concerns on Iran talks after Khamenei comments" Reuters / June 24, 2015 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that declarations from Iranian leaders appeared not to favor an international deal on the country's nuclear program.... View Source ›

June 25, 2015

Carol Morello, "Iran sets strict conditions for nuclear deal" Washington Post / June 24, 2015 Just days before Secretary of State John F. Kerry heads to Vienna to join nuclear talks with Iran, the country’s supreme leader is staking out what he considers the “major red lines,” any one of which could sink a deal.... View Source ›

June 24, 2015

Peter Kenyon, "Iran Nuclear Talks: Gap Remains Over Access To Iran's Military Sites" NPR / June 24, 2015 Talks with Iran are entering a final push before a temporary deal expires. Negotiators are seeking extensive inspections and limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions.... View Source ›

June 24, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "WikiLeaks Saudi cable says Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan" Reuters / June 23, 2015 Saudi diplomats in Khartoum believed Iran shipped advanced nuclear equipment including centrifuges to Sudan in 2012, according to a document leaked last week that WikiLeaks says is a cable from the embassy.... View Source ›

June 24, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran's Khamenei rules out freezing sensitive nuclear work for long period" Reuters / June 23, 2015 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out freezing sensitive nuclear work in the country for a long time and said sanctions imposed on it should be lifted as soon it reaches a final deal with major powers, state TV reported.... View Source ›

June 24, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink and David E. Sanger, "Iran’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei, Seems to Pull Back on Nuclear Talks" NY Times / June 23, 2015 With exactly a week left before the deadline for a final agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s supreme leader appeared to undercut several of the central agreements his negotiators have already reached with the West.... View Source ›

June 24, 2015

"AP Exclusive: Document Outlines Big-Power Nuke Help to Iran" AP / June 24, 2015 The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.... View Source ›

June 23, 2015

Carol E. Lee, "U.S. Group Urges Hard Line on Key Areas in Iran Nuclear Deal" Wall Street Journal / June 22, 2015 The Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure to take a hard line with Iran on several key elements of a nuclear deal that remain in flux as negotiators work to complete an agreement by the end of the month.... View Source ›

June 23, 2015

Jamey Keaten, "Iran, EU hold nuclear talks as June 30 deadline nears" Associated Press / June 22, 2015 Iran’s foreign minister dropped in on a meeting of his EU counterparts on Monday, predicting intense and difficult days ahead before a June 30 deadline to strike a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

June 23, 2015

Adrian Croft and Philip Blenkinsop, "France wants strong nuclear agreement with Iran" Reuters / June 22, 2015 France wants a robust nuclear agreement with Iran that must include a strong verification mechanism to check Tehran's compliance with any deal, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.... View Source ›

June 23, 2015

Paul Richter, "Mideast allies fear U.S. will turn its back on them for Iran nuclear deal" LA Times / June 22, 2015 In 2012, President Obama made it plain in a letter to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that any attempt to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz would be met with American force. ... View Source ›

June 23, 2015

Kambiz Foroohar and James G Neuger, "Iran, EU Exchange Criticism as Nuclear Deadline Nears" Bloomberg / June 22, 2015 Iranian and European officials accused each other of backing away from a nuclear agreement, as they met in Luxembourg ahead of next week’s deadline.... View Source ›

June 22, 2015

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Iran lawmakers ban nuclear inspectors from military sites" Associated Press / June 21, 2015 With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America,” Iran’s parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.... View Source ›

June 22, 2015

Golnar Motevalli, "Nuclear Talks May Run Beyond June 30 Deadline, Iran Envoys Say" Bloomberg / June 22, 2015 Iranian officials gave their strongest hints yet that talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program may stretch beyond a self-imposed June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

June 22, 2015

John Irish, "France's Fabius to meet Iran's Zarif on nuclear talks" Reuters / June 20, 2015 France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday he would meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday to assess where Iran stands ahead of the final round of talks on its nuclear program, beginning later that week.... View Source ›

June 22, 2015

Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper, "US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears" Associated Press / June 19, 2015 Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.... View Source ›

June 19, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, Parisa Hafezi, and John Irish, "Despite obstacles, chances grow for final Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / June 19, 2015 Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And U.S. President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a skeptical Congress.... View Source ›

June 19, 2015

Bill Spindle, "Iran Holds Out Improved Oil-Contract Term" Wall Street Journal / June 18, 2015 Iran is prepared to offer longer-term and more-profitable contracts to international oil and gas firms but expects substantive partnerships with Iranian companies, said oil-ministry officials, signaling how the cloistered country will try to entice billions of dollars in energy investments after any nuclear deal.... View Source ›

June 19, 2015

Yaroslav Trofimov, "Saudi Arabia Reluctantly Finds Common Ground With Israel About Iran" WSJ / June 18, 2015 After launching into a tirade about the malicious designs of their perfidious foe, three Saudi academics and analysts on separate recent occasions began by pronouncing “Israel”—and then, catching their error of habit mid-word, corrected themselves to say “Iran.”... View Source ›

June 19, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, Parisa Hafezi, and John Irish, "Despite obstacles, chances grow for final Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / June 19, 2015 Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And U.S. President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a skeptical Congress.... View Source ›

June 19, 2015

Bill Spindle, "Iran Holds Out Improved Oil-Contract Term" Wall Street Journal / June 18, 2015 Iran is prepared to offer longer-term and more-profitable contracts to international oil and gas firms but expects substantive partnerships with Iranian companies, said oil-ministry officials, signaling how the cloistered country will try to entice billions of dollars in energy investments after any nuclear deal.... View Source ›

June 19, 2015

Yaroslav Trofimov, "Saudi Arabia Reluctantly Finds Common Ground With Israel About Iran" WSJ / June 18, 2015 After launching into a tirade about the malicious designs of their perfidious foe, three Saudi academics and analysts on separate recent occasions began by pronouncing “Israel”—and then, catching their error of habit mid-word, corrected themselves to say “Iran.”... View Source ›

June 18, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan and David Lerman, "Key Senator Says Obama Shouldn’t Rush to Meet Iran Deal Deadline" Bloomberg Business / June 17, 2015 The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the Obama administration should take as much time as it needs to get the best deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, rather than rushing to meet the June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

June 18, 2015

"Austria tightens security at Iran talks venue" Press TV / June 17, 2015 Austria has undertaken special and extensive preemptive measures to secure the venue of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world countries in the face of recent reports of espionage.... View Source ›

June 18, 2015

Nahal Toosi, "U.S. may name 'czar' for Iran nuclear deal" Politico / June 17, 2015 The Obama administration is considering appointing a “czar”-like official to oversee the enforcement of a nuclear deal with Iran, one of several options it is weighing to ensure the still-unfinished accord doesn’t unravel, according to sources familiar with the discussions.... View Source ›

June 17, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "US official: UN sanctions could be reapplied if Iran cheats" AP / June 16, 2015 Two weeks before negotiators hope to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations tried to reassure Congress that sanctions could be easily re-imposed on Tehran if it cheats.... View Source ›

June 17, 2015

Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger, "U.S. Could Lift Sanctions Before Iran Accounting" NY Times / June 16, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry signaled for the first time on Tuesday that the United States was prepared to ease economic sanctions on Iran without fully resolving evidence suggesting that Iran’s scientists have been involved in secret work on nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

June 17, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "U.S. not keeping silent on Iran sanctions violations -envoy to U.N." Reuters / June 16, 2015 The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday rejected suggestions by a U.N. panel that Washington has kept silent about Iranian sanctions violations in order to avoid disrupting fragile negotiations on a nuclear deal with Tehran.... View Source ›

June 16, 2015

Katya Golubkova, "Russian official sees Iran nuclear deal being reached on time" Reuters / June 15, 2015 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted on Monday as saying he was confident a deal could be reached between world powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program by a June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

June 16, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "U.N. likely to wait for U.S. Congress before moving on Iran deal - envoys" Reuters / June 15, 2015 If Iran and world powers reach a nuclear deal, the United Nations Security Council will likely delay for at least a month action to lift U.N. nuclear sanctions on Tehran so U.S. Congress can review the agreement, officials said.... View Source ›

June 16, 2015

Eric Auchard and Joseph Menn, "Kaspersky says Iran talks spyware masqueraded under Foxconn name" Reuters / June 15, 2015 Further research into the sophisticated computer virus used to hack into hotels where the Iran nuclear talks took place has found it took advantage of digital credentials stolen from the world's top contract electronics maker Foxconn.... View Source ›

June 16, 2015

Deb Riechmann, "House OKs resolution urging Iran to release jailed Americans" Associated Press / June 15, 2015 The House has unanimously passed a resolution urging Iran to release three Americans jailed in that country and provide information on a fourth who is missing.... View Source ›

June 16, 2015

Allyn Fisher-Ilan, "Obama invites Netanyahu for post-Iran deal talks: report" Reuters / June 16, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in Washington next month after a deadline for reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, an Israeli newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting State Department sources.... View Source ›

June 15, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "Iran's Rouhani aims to limit nuclear inspections, warns of talks delay" Reuters / June 13, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday a comprehensive nuclear deal could be delayed if world powers brought new issues into play, and he would not accept a U.N. inspections regime that jeopardized state secrets.... View Source ›

June 15, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink, "Iranian President Expects Sanctions to Lift Within Months of Deal" New York Times / June 13, 2015 With a little more than two weeks before the deadline for a nuclear deal, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said Saturday that he expected relief from economic sanctions within a “couple of months” after an agreement with six world powers was signed.... View Source ›

June 15, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran says concerned over cyber-security of nuclear talks: Fars" Reuters / June 12, 2015 Iran expressed concern on Friday over cyber-security of nuclear talks with six world powers after reported cyber-attacks on venues linked to the negotiations on its disputed nuclear program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.... View Source ›

June 15, 2015

Katya Golubkova, "Iran nuclear talks 'virtually stalled', deadline may be missed: TASS" Reuters / June 12, 2015 Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have virtually stalled and a deadline for a final deal may have to be postponed again, Russian news agency TASS quoted a diplomatic source as saying on Friday.... View Source ›

June 15, 2015

Dan Williams, "Israel accuses world powers of yielding to Iran for nuclear deal" Reuters / June 14, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused world powers on Sunday of stepping up concessions to Iran to enable a deal by June 30 on curbing its nuclear programme even as Tehran balks at demands for heightened U.N. inspections.... View Source ›

June 12, 2015

"Iran nuclear talks: Israel denies bugging venues" BBC / June 11, 2015 Israel has denied it bugged talks on Iran's nuclear programme, after a security company said a computer virus hacked the venues of the negotiations.... View Source ›

June 12, 2015

Bradley Klapper, "Officials: Nuke deal won’t answer Iran weapons Qs on Day 1" AP / June 11, 2015 World powers are prepared to accept a nuclear agreement with Iran that doesn't immediately answer questions about past atomic weapons work, U.S. and Western officials said. Washington has said such concerns must be resolved in any final deal.... View Source ›

June 12, 2015

Karen DeYoung, "As an Iran deal nears, the lobbying, pro and con, intensifies" Washington Post / June 11, 2015 Speaking at a retirement service for his childhood rabbi last weekend, Steven Fulop, mayor of Jersey City, surprised the congregation by devoting much of his remarks to ongoing negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran.... View Source ›

June 12, 2015

Ali Montag, "China and Iran agree to trade cash for oil" CNBC / June 11, 2015 China will pay in cash the next time it buys oil from Iran, according to a report from Breaking Energy, citing Iranian news agencies.... View Source ›

June 11, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "Iran envoy declines to commit to nuclear transparency measures" Reuters / June 11, 2015 Iran's envoy to the U.N. nuclear agency declined on Thursday to commit to nuclear transparency measures that were part of a preliminary deal Tehran and world powers reached in April, deflecting U.S. demands to implement such provisions. ... View Source ›

June 11, 2015

Friedrich Geiger and Rory Jones, "Western Investors Eye Iran’s Tech Sector Ahead of Final Nuclear Deal" Wall Street Journal / June 10, 2015 In the week following the framework nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, Tehran-based Internet entrepreneur Faty Amir Soleimani pitched every day to Western investors for funding.... View Source ›

June 11, 2015

Paul Richter, "Kerry to join final nuclear talks with Iran despite injury" LA Times / June 10, 2015 Secretary of State John F. Kerry will travel to Europe this month for the final days of nuclear negotiations with Iran although he is still hospitalized 11 days after he broke his leg in a biking accident, a senior administration official said Wednesday.... View Source ›

June 11, 2015

Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed, "Next round of Iran nuclear talks 'pretty tough': U.S. official" Reuters / June 10, 2015 The next round of Iran nuclear negotiations will be "pretty tough," a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday ahead of new talks including top diplomats from the seven countries involved.... View Source ›

June 10, 2015

Adam Entous and Danny Yadron, "Spy Virus Linked to Israel Targeted Hotels Used for Iran Nuclear Talks" Wall Street Journal / June 10, 2015 When a leading cybersecurity firm discovered it had been hacked last year by a virus widely believed to be used by Israeli spies, it wanted to know who else was on the hit list. It checked millions of computers world-wide and three luxury European hotels popped up. The other hotels the firm tested—thousands in all—were clean.... View Source ›

June 10, 2015

Paul Richter, "In Iran nuclear talks, discord on inspecting undeclared facilities" LA Times / June 9, 2015 Over the last 20 months, world powers seeking a nuclear deal with Iran have worked out tentative agreements to monitor and secure the country's known nuclear facilities to prevent it from building a bomb.... View Source ›

June 10, 2015

Edith M. Lederer, "UN experts: No country reports Iran arms embargo violation" Washington Post / June 9, 2015 U.N. experts said in a report circulated Tuesday that not a single country has reported any violations of an arms embargo against Iran, possibly the result of a political decision to avoid any “negative impact” on negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

June 10, 2015

"Iran nuke talks resume ahead of June 30 deal target date" Associated Press / June 10, 2015 Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are accelerating as the sides try to seal a deal by the June 30 target date.... View Source ›

June 10, 2015

Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee, "US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task" Associated Press / June 9, 2015 The Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear agreement, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press.... View Source ›

June 9, 2015

Laurence Norman, "Nuclear Inspectors Will Need Access to Iran for Years, Says Head of IAEA" Wall Street Journal / June 8, 2015 United Nations inspectors must be permitted access to suspect Iranian sites, including possible military ones, for “years and years” to restore confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday.... View Source ›

June 8, 2015

Shadia Nasralla, "U.N.: Interim deal to help show any military side of Iran nuclear past" Reuters / June 8, 2015 Any possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program can be clarified if the details of a preliminary deal sealed in April between Tehran and six world powers are implemented, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday.... View Source ›

June 8, 2015

George Jahn, "EU: No Iran nuclear deal without UN probe of past" Associated Press / June 8, 2015 The European Union is telling Iran to cooperate with a stalled U.N. probe of suspicions that it worked on atomic arms if the country wants a nuclear deal that will see removal of sanctions.... View Source ›

June 8, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "Iran nuclear negotiator says both sides to have snapback option - IRNA" Reuters / June 7, 2015 Iran will accept a nuclear deal under which United Nations sanctions could be reimposed in the event of non-compliance, so long as Tehran enjoys similar protections, a senior negotiator was quoted as saying.... View Source ›

June 8, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "Iran hopes to begin Russia oil-for-goods exports this week -report" Reuters / June 7, 2015 Russia will begin importing Iranian oil under a long-heralded oil-for-goods barter arrangement in the coming week, Iran's oil minister was quoted as saying, more than a year after negotiations began.... View Source ›

June 5, 2015

Michael Crowley and Nahal Toosi, "Deadline for nuclear talks with Iran may be softening" Politico / June 5, 2015 With a June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaching, western experts and foreign allies — including a top Israeli official — are urging the Obama administration not to treat that date as sacred for fear of giving Tehran leverage in the high-stakes talks.... View Source ›

June 5, 2015

"Pakistan Rules Out Sharing Nukes With Saudis, Anyone Else" Associated Press / June 4, 2015 Pakistan ruled out sharing its nuclear weapons with Saudi Arabia, insisting Thursday that the atomic arsenal would continue serving solely for Pakistan's national defense even as world powers and Iran near a possible nuclear agreement.... View Source ›

June 5, 2015

Ben Blanchard, "China urges no new demands at Iran nuclear talks" Reuters / June 4, 2015 China's foreign minister has urged that all parties involved in talks on Iran's nuclear program make no new demands and that the legitimate concerns of the participants be respected, the Chinese government said late on Thursday.... View Source ›

June 5, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran, six powers resume nuclear talks as June 30 deadline looms: IRNA" Reuters / June 4, 2015 Iran and six world powers resumed negotiations on its nuclear program on Thursday, the Iranian state news agency IRNA said, seeking to overcome remaining differences with a self-imposed June 30 deadline looming to end a 12-year standoff.... View Source ›

June 5, 2015

Dan Williams, "Israel military says Iran nuclear threat may wane with deal" Reuters / June 4, 2015 The Israeli military sees potential security benefits in an expected international deal curbing Iran's nuclear program, a senior officer was quoted as saying on Thursday in an unexpected analysis of the issue.... View Source ›

June 4, 2015

Carol E. Lee, "Remaining Details Are Core to Iran Nuclear Deal’s Strength" Wall Street Journal / June 4, 2015 The White House is advancing a strategy in coming weeks to manage multiple fronts of opposition to President Barack Obama securing a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of the month. But some of the administration’s toughest challenges are likely to come after negotiations are complete, when a deal risks unraveling under domestic political pressures in the U.S. and Iran.... View Source ›

June 4, 2015

Lesley Wroughton, "Iran nuclear talks resume at expert level in Vienna" Reuters / June 3, 2015 Talks among officials from world powers on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on Wednesday, and the Iranian delegation will join the negotiations on Thursday, U.S. and European Union officials said.... View Source ›

June 4, 2015

Arshad Mohammed, Louis Charbonneau and Lesley Wroughton, "U.S. expects Iran to reduce enriched uranium stocks by June 30" Reuters / June 3, 2015 The United States expects Iran to reduce its stockpile of low enriched uranium to the levels required under an interim nuclear deal by a June 30 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

June 4, 2015

Jonathan TironeLadane Nasseri, "Hurdles to Iran Nuclear Deal Remain Ahead of June Deadline: Q&A" Bloomberg / June 3, 2015 Diplomats are drafting the final text of an accord with Iran that would relax international sanctions in return for caps on its nuclear program and more transparent inspections of atomic sites. Negotiators are hammering out the most contentious issues ahead of a self-imposed June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

June 3, 2015

Jim Acosta and Jim Sciutto, "U.S.: Report of growing Iran nuclear fuel stockpile not 'major obstacle' to deal" CNN / June 2, 2015 A senior U.S. official on Tuesday dismissed the notion that recent assessments indicating Iran's nuclear fuel stockpile had grown were an obstacle to reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran.... View Source ›

June 3, 2015

Julia Edwards, "White House says too early to tell impact of Kerry's injury on Iran talks" Reuters / June 2, 2015 The White House said on Tuesday it was too early to assess the impact of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent leg injury on the timing and location of ongoing Iran nuclear talks. ... View Source ›

June 3, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan, "Iran Could Add 400,000 Barrels a Day of Oil After Nuclear Deal" Bloomberg / June 2, 2015 Iran could boost its oil exports by 400,000 barrels a day in the first months after signing a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers, according to Bijan Khajehpour, managing partner of Atieh International, a Vienna-based management consulting firm.... View Source ›

June 2, 2015

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, "Iran’s Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations" NY Times / June 1, 2015 With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.... View Source ›

June 2, 2015

Associated Press, "Obama: No Military Solution to Iran's Nuclear Program" Associated Press / June 1, 2015 U.S President Barack Obama reached out to a skeptical Israeli public in an interview aired Monday saying that only an agreement, not military action, can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

June 2, 2015

Matthew Lee, "US insists Kerry’s broken leg won’t hinder Iran talks" Associated Press / June 1, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Boston Monday for surgery on his broken leg, as U.S. officials insisted his injury would not hinder his participation in nuclear negotiations with Iran.... View Source ›

June 2, 2015

Associated Press, "French foreign minister hopeful about Iranian nuclear deal" Associated Press / June 1, 2015 France’s foreign minister believes there’s a good chance that world powers will reach a deal with Iran curbing its nuclear activities, but is insisting on sufficient access to military facilities for international inspections.... View Source ›

June 2, 2015

Sam Wilkin, "Iranian planes that drew U.S. sanctions to fly outside country: Fars" Reuters / June 1, 2015 An Iranian airline that acquired nine passenger jets in defiance of U.S. sanctions will begin using them on international routes this week, the Fars news agency reported on Monday.... View Source ›

June 2, 2015

AP and AFP, "Russia to begin building Iran’s 2nd nuclear power plant this year" AP and AFP / June 2, 2015 Russia’s state atomic energy company on Monday announced it would begin construction of a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s Bushehr region later this year, the Islamic republic’s semi-state Fars news agency reported.... View Source ›

June 1, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, John Irish, and Parisa Hafezi, "Six powers agree way to restore U.N. sanctions in push for Iran deal - sources" Reuters / May 31, 2015 Six world powers have agreed on a way to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran if the country breaks the terms of a future nuclear deal, clearing a major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, Western officials told Reuters.... View Source ›

June 1, 2015

Michael R. Gordon, "Talks Begin to Conclude Nuclear Deal With Iran" New York Times / May 30, 2015 With only a month to go before a deadline for a nuclear accord with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry began a major push Saturday to conclude the agreement.... View Source ›

June 1, 2015

Jonathan Tirone, "Iran Boosts Cooperation With Nuclear Inspectors Before Talks" Bloomberg / May 29, 2015 International inspectors reported Iran boosted cooperation in a probe about some of its past nuclear activities a day before top diplomats are set to meet in Geneva.... View Source ›

June 1, 2015

Associated Press, "US, Iran Hold 'Intense' Nuclear Talks Month Before Deadline" Associated Press / May 30, 2015 A month away from a nuclear deal deadline, U.S. and Iranian diplomats tried to narrow differences over how quickly to ease economic penalties against Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections. American officials described the session as "at times intense."... View Source ›

June 1, 2015

Ladane Nasseri, "Iran to Unify Exchange Rate After Possible Nuclear Deal: Seif" Bloomberg / May 31, 2015 Iran will unify rial/dlr exchange rate once it reaches final nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian Students News Agency reports, citing Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif.... View Source ›

May 29, 2015

"Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30" Associated Press / May 28, 2015 Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday held out hope that a “sustainable, mutually respectful” deal can be struck with world powers in talks over his country’s nuclear program before the deadline of June 30.... View Source ›

May 29, 2015

George Jahn, "UN nuke agency reports that Iran probe stalled" Associated Press / May 29, 2015 Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element — an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms — remains essentially stalled.... View Source ›

May 28, 2015

David E. Sanger, "Obama’s Chief Negotiator in Iran Nuclear Talks Plans to Depart After Deadline for Deal" NY Times / May 27, 2015 President Obama’s chief negotiator with Iran, Wendy R. Sherman, said on Wednesday that she planned to leave the administration shortly after the June 30 deadline for a final deal on limiting the country’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

May 28, 2015

Rick Gladstone, "France Rejects Iran Leader’s Ban on Unlimited Nuclear Inspections" NY Times / May 27, 2015 France challenged Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday over a disputed element of the Iranian nuclear talks, asserting that it would not sign any pact unless Iran allowed all its nuclear installations, including military sites, to be inspected.... View Source ›

May 28, 2015

Jo Biddle, "The US-Iran nuclear talks are about to shift into high gear" AFP / May 28, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to launch a final high-stakes diplomatic push to seal a ground-breaking nuclear deal with Iran, as some officials warned Wednesday the negotiations may go beyond a June 30 deadline.... View Source ›

May 28, 2015

John Irish, "Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties: dissidents" Reuters / May 28, 2015 An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

May 27, 2015

George Jahn, "Russia, US Close on Iran 'Snap-Back' Sanctions" Associated Press / May 26, 2015 Moscow and Washington are close to agreement on a formula that bridges differences over U.S. demands to quickly re-impose U.N. sanctions on Iran if Tehran violates its commitments under a nuclear deal, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.... View Source ›

May 27, 2015

Indira Lakshmanan, "Iran Sanctions at Risk If Congress Stops a Deal, EU Envoys Say" Bloomberg / May 26, 2015 Sanctions against Iran’s economy are likely to erode if talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program fail or U.S. lawmakers try to block an international agreement, according to the U.K. and German envoys to Washington.... View Source ›

May 27, 2015

Parisa Hafezi, "Iran says nuclear talks with powers might be extended past June 30" Reuters / May 27, 2015 A self-imposed deadline of June 30 for Iran and six major powers to reach a final nuclear deal to resolve a decade-long standoff may be extended, Iran's state TV reported.... View Source ›

May 27, 2015

Arshad Mohammed, "Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy" Reuters / May 26, 2015 An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

May 27, 2015

John Hudson, "French Ambassador: Risk of Nuclear Arms Race Will Remain After Iran Deal" Foreign Policy / May 26, 2015 Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the United States, says an emerging nuclear deal with Iran will impose tough restrictions on the Islamic Republic and improve regional security across the Middle East. But on Tuesday, Araud acknowledged that it could also pose a potential risk: spurring an array Arab countries to develop their own civilian nuclear programs.... View Source ›

May 27, 2015

Kambiz Foroohar, "Ahmadinejad Enters Fray as Iran Argues Over Nuclear Concession" Bloomberg / May 26, 2015 Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got embroiled in a fight among Iran’s ruling elite about nuclear concessions the Islamic Republic will make as part of a deal to lift sanctions. ... View Source ›

May 26, 2015

Lesley Wroughton and Sam Wilkin, "Iran will need to spend most of any post-sanctions windfall at home" Reuters / May 25, 2015 Iranians will demand their government spend a windfall from the lifting of economic sanctions on improving the quality of life at home, limiting the degree to which a future nuclear deal could fund Tehran's allies on Middle East battlefields.... View Source ›

May 26, 2015

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Negotiator: Iran agrees 'managed access' to military sites" Associated Press / May 24, 2015 Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.... View Source ›

May 26, 2015

Nasser Karimi, "Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut" Associated Press / May 25, 2015 Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country’s official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic’s fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year.... View Source ›

May 26, 2015

Halimah Abdullah, "Obama Signs Congress Review of Iran Nuclear Deal Bill Into Law" NBC / May 22, 2015 President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday legislation giving lawmakers a chance to review any nuclear deal the White House seeks to hammer out with Iran.... View Source ›

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 ›