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  • Kerry: Iran Can Violate Parts of the Nuclear Deal Without Really Violating the Nuclear Deal

    08/18/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    “Secretary of State John Kerry would like to assure Iran that even if it violates the terms of the gratuitous concessions ‘thrown in as add-ons’ to the nuclear deal, the regime won’t be in violation of the deal as a whole. Specifically, the arms embargo is not tied to the snapback; it is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it. Not to worry, Kerry explains, because there are ‘other sanctions’ the US could impose — plus, we mustn’t forget about the ‘specific...
  • Israel is working to convert Boeing 767 into a long-flight refueling tanker

    08/10/2015 3:07:43 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 33 replies
    Debkafile Special Report ^ | August 10, 2015, 7:52 PM
    Israel is working to convert Boeing 767 into a long-flight refueling tanker "US defense and air industry sources report that the Israeli Air Force may give up on the US Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus as its future refueling tanker for long-range flights because of delays in its delivery." "Israel had first planned to take the Pegasus to replace its converted Boeing 707 when delivery was first to the US Air Force was scheduled for August 2017. But this week, the company put the date back by another eight months and the price increased by half a billion dollars. American sources point...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal: Betrayal, Deception, and False Alternatives — Again

    08/08/2015 1:57:20 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 August 2015 | William F. Jasper
    “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” That was 19th-century author/editor Charles Dudley Warner’s famous take on the vagaries and queer alliances that typify the so-called art of statecraft. But the odd lineup of forces on the recently concluded Iran nuclear deal takes some explaining beyond the truism embedded in Warner’s observation.The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was announced on July 14 is a deal that was brokered by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Iran, the Obama administration — and most importantly of all, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the private “think tank” that has been the...
  • The Iran Deal’s “Exit Ramp” Provision – The Termination Clause – Full Text pdf Included…

    07/27/2015 7:34:51 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jul 27, 2015 | Sundance
    What this article outlines is, in fact, the termination clause within the Iranian nuclear deal. A full analysis shows how the language used to craft the deal gives Iran the easy out, ‘the-exit-ramp’ as soon as the sanctions are lifted. Paragraph 36 tells us when and how the agreement might end. Both friend and foe have touted this deal as “historic” and promised (or moaned) that its provisions will stay in place for the long term. But in practice, this is not a ten-year agreement or a fifteen-year agreement or an eternal agreement. Paragraph 36 tells us the truth: Any...
  • Congress can't see the P5+1 side deals available to Iran's Parliament

    07/25/2015 1:51:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 25, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Iran scam Part IIIKerry says that although he has neither read nor even seen the"classified" side deals between Iran and the IAEI about the "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program, he has been fully briefed, knows "exactly" what they say and will brief Congress in closed session.Parts I and II of this series deal with the bases for and absurdities of the January 14th U.S. approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. From a national security perspective, the published "deal" was absurd even without recently discovered but secret and "classified" side deals about the military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. With them, the "deal" has gone...
  • Kerry ‘Nobody Has Ever Talked About Dismantling’ Iran’s Nukes, in 2013 Dismantlement ‘Whole Point’

    07/23/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | Andrew Kugle
    During Thursday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry said the goal of the negotiations was never to dismantle Iran’s entire nuclear program but rather to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons, despite saying in 2013 the “whole point” of sanctions was to get Iran to “dismantle its nuclear program.”
  • Obama: Iran nuclear deal ‘will have my name on it’

    05/22/2015 9:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 11:58 AM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama said Friday he “forcefully” objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. Speaking at one of Washington’s most prominent synagogues, Obama said the U.S. and Israel should not be expected to paper over differences on Israel's settlement building or the frozen peace process with the Palestinians. “That’s not a true measure of friendship,” Obama said during remarks to a crowd of about 1,200 gathered at Congregation Adas Israel. […] Obama defended the framework deal that negotiators are seeking to finalize by the...
  • Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs

    05/02/2015 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 13 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 2, 2015
    Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs "pRes_ _dent Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have gone out of their way in the last fortnight to shower friendly gestures on Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and even Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer. .... on April 23, Biden was the keynote speaker at the Israeli embassy’s Independence Day reception. ... Biden went on to warn: “Let’s not kid each other. They already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material. Iran could get there now if they walked away...
  • US Intel. scraps Iran, Hezbollah from terrorist threats lists [Beirut Marine Alert]

    03/16/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 67 replies
    Iran Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | n/a
    The US National Intelligence has removed Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, from its list of "terrorist threats." US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper scrapped Iran and Hezbollah from the list in an annual report recently delivered to the US Senate, citing their efforts in fighting terrorists, including the ISIL Takfiri group, Press TV reported. The unclassified version of the report titled “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities,” which was released on February 26, 2015, noted Iran’s efforts to battle extremists, including those of the ISIL terrorist group, who were perceived to constitute the greatest terrorist...
  • Harry Reid blasts GOP’s Iran letter: ‘Hard slap in the face’

    03/09/2015 11:58:50 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/9/15 2:53 PM EDT | Burgess Everett
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid angrily denounced a Republican-led effort to circumvent President Barack Obama’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “hard slap in the face” of the United States. As Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the engineer of a letter that panned Obama’s effort as merely an “executive agreement,” watched from the presiding officer’s chair on Monday afternoon, Reid called the end-around by 47 Republicans a “juvenile” attack and an attempt to undermine Obama “purely out of spite.” “The judgment of my Republican colleagues seems to be clouded by their abhorrence of President Obama. The Republican senators...
  • State Department says Netanyahu twisted Kerry's words in speech to Congress

    03/04/2015 4:33:50 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 04, 2015
    The State Department accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of taking congressional testimony by Secretary of State John Kerry out of context in Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday. In a statement released early Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki quoted in full an article written on the website FactCheck.org that claimed certain remarks made by Netanyahu about Iran's nuclear program "misrepresented what Kerry had said" in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Feb. 25. In his address, Netanyahu said Kerry had disclosed that Iran could "legitimately possess" 190,000 centrifuges for the enrichment of uranium by...
  • Iranian Dissidents: Iran Has a Secret Underground Nuke Site

    02/24/2015 3:51:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 2/25/2015, 1:16 AM | Elad Benari
    A group of Iranian dissidents said on Tuesday that Iran has an “underground top-secret site’ that is enriching uranium intended for nuclear weapons and which has been hidden from the West for years, Fox News reports. According to the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the complex, called Lavizan-3, is right outside Tehran, “buried deep underground in tunnels and underground facilities” with “radiation-proof doors” to prevent any leaks that could be detected by the United Nations International Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors. The revelations were unveiled during a Washington, DC, news conference by the NCRI, which...
  • [CNN] Poll: Most Americans Oppose Republican Invite of Netanyahu

    02/17/2015 6:15:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    INN ^ | 2/18/2015, 3:13 AM | Ben Ariel
    A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, a new CNN/ORC survey release on Tuesday found. The poll found that 63% of Americans believe it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% said the Republican move was the right thing to do. The speech has become a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. Obama’s allies fear the trip could be used by...
  • Obama WH Says Netanyahu “Spat in Our Face” for Agreeing to Speak With US Congress on Iranian Threat

    01/23/2015 6:34:15 PM PST · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-23-2015 | Jim Hoft
    How dare he speak out on the Iranian nuclear threat!On Thursday the Obama White House said they would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because they wanted to “avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.”The Israeli elections are two weeks after Netanyahu is set to address a joint session of Congress.On Friday an Obama administration official told reporters Netanyahu “spat in our face.”The Times of Israel reported: The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration...
  • Times reporter’s testimony sought in leak trial (James Risen)

    12/16/2014 10:23:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2014 12:38 PM EST | Matthew Barakat
    A New York Times reporter will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, though a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal. Prosecutors say they will not ask James Risen if ex-CIA man Jeffrey Sterling was his anonymous source for part of the 2006 book “State Of War” that detailed a botched CIA effort to cripple Iran’s nuclear program. However, they do want to know if the two had a prior, on-the-record source relationship. Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg,...
  • A Deal With Two Devils - Russia and Iran

    11/18/2014 8:31:10 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    usnews.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Lawrence J. Haas
    Nothing better showcases Washington’s confusion over foreign policy than the idea that – as part of a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal – Iran would ship much or all of its enriched uranium to Russia, and Russia would then process it for Iranian civilian usage. Were the U.S.-led “P5+1” negotiators (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany) to reach a deal with Iran with this provision, the United States would subjugate its national security and that of its allies to two U.S. adversaries, both of which are undermining U.S. interests around the world. In addition, Washington would further legitimize Tehran...
  • US company signs billion-dollar energy deal with Iran

    07/06/2014 11:23:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    RT News ^ | July 6, 2014 | RT
    US company World Eco Energy has signed a preliminary agreement to invest $1.175 billion to generate electricity in Iran. The plan is to turn solid waste into power. In April, the US Treasury awarded American-based Boeing and GE a license to sell spare parts to Iran to help the country’s ailing aviation industry. Iran needed new plane parts, as its jets have passed their service life and need proper replacements.
  • Iranian Professor Faces Jail for Questioning Nuclear Program

    06/19/2014 7:20:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 6/20/2014, 5:12 AM | Elad Benari
    An Iranian university professor faces 18 months in jail for questioning the merit of the country’s nuclear program and for asking if a businessman convicted of fraud should have been executed, AFP reported on Thursday. The professor, Sadeq Zibakalam, said on his Facebook page that he was found guilty by a Revolutionary Court of “committing propaganda against the system, spreading rumors and insulting the judiciary.” Zibakalam, 66, who teaches politics at Tehran University, said he was given a 12-month sentence on account of letters he wrote to critics of the present government’s attempts to resolve the nuclear issue. …
  • UPDATE 5-Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday in Geneva -U.S.

    06/07/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Jun 8, 2014 12:27am IST
    The United States said on Saturday it will send its No. 2 diplomat to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday in what appeared an effort to break a logjam in wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret U.S.-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about a Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, will head a U.S. delegation. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the primary U.S. negotiator with Iran, will accompany him on a team that will include senior White House national security staff. The...
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More

    05/25/2014 11:53:23 AM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, all but said on Sunday that negotiations over the country’s illicit nuclear program are over and that the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America. “Those (Iranians) who want to promote negotiation and surrender to the oppressors and blame the Islamic Republic as a warmonger in reality commit treason,” Khamenei told a meeting of members of parliament, according to the regime’s Fars News Agency. Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.” “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of...
  • Jimmy Carter: U.S. Shouldn’t Bomb Iran Even If They Get a Nuclear Weapon

    04/10/2014 12:20:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 9, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Chris Matthews for an interview on Hardball Wednesday and made some news by saying he does not think the United States should bomb Iran even if they were to succeed in building an operational nuclear weapon. This statement differs not only from recent comments made by former Vice President Dick Cheney but also from the stated position of President Barack Obama. “I never have felt that Israel had a capability militarily to go 1,200 miles or more and bomb Iran effectively and then return back to Israel,” said of Cheney’s suggestion that Israel could attack Iran unilaterally. “The only country...
  • Netanyahu vows tough line for White House talks

    03/02/2014 11:11:04 PM PST · by kingattax · 14 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-2-14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting Monday with Obama. But with the clock ticking toward an April target date for a preliminary agreement, the Israeli leader could soon be forced to begin laying out a clearer vision for a future peace deal with the Palestinians. Shortly before takeoff,...
  • Iran gets first instalment of frozen assets

    02/01/2014 9:26:54 PM PST · by Innovative · 8 replies
    AFP/Yahoo News ^ | Feb 1, 2014 | AFP/Yahoo News
    Iran has received the first instalment of $4.2 billion in frozen assets as part of a nuclear deal with world powers, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told ISNA news agency Saturday. Unblocking the funds under the landmark deal in which Iran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear programme and halt further advances is expected to breathe new life into its crippled economy.
  • Obama Has Made it Impossible for Israel to Strike Iran

    01/31/2014 10:48:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | jan 28, 2014 | Karin McQuillan
    I called a hardheaded realist, a Harvard trained PhD who has been watching the Middle East professionally for decades, to ask him about Obama's Iran deal. This is what he told me. It's done. Iran will get a bomb. They want a bomb and they will not be denied unless somebody stops them. Obama does not want to stop them. He does not want a friendly regime in Iran. He wants Iran as a counterforce to America and Israel. Obama is not a Muslim, but he is a radical. He sees the U.S. and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive. He...
  • Iranian official on nuke deal: 'We did not agree to dismantle anything' (CNN)

    01/22/2014 6:01:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Tom Cohen, CNN
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything." Zarif told CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto that terminology used by the White House to describe the agreement differed from the text agreed to by Iran and the other countries in the talks -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. "The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitments" under the agreement that took...
  • Iran to Receive $550 Million on February 1

    01/12/2014 9:25:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Iran will receive the first $550 million installment of a total of $4.2 billion in previously blocked overseas funds on or about February 1, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. The money will be transferred to Iran as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal reached with it in Geneva on November 24. Earlier Sunday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the agreement would be implemented starting January 20. Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in...
  • Iranian MPs push urgent bill to increase uranium enrichment to 60% (to fuel submarine engines)

    12/25/2013 12:12:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 25, 2013 19:22
    Hardline Iranian lawmakers are seeking to increase the nation's uranium enrichment to 60 percent to “provide fuel for submarine engines.” The bill is expected to give Tehran an upper hand if the Geneva deal, which limits enrichment to 20 percent, fails. Some 100 lawmakers have introduced the bill under a “double urgency status,” which means it may be debated in the Iranian parliament within a week, the official IRNA news agency reported. If the bill is approved, it will oblige the government “to enrich uranium to 60 percent in order to provide fuel for submarine engines if the sanctions are...
  • U.S. Released Iranian Scientist as Part of Nuke Negotiations

    11/30/2013 5:53:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Nov 2013, 1:17 PM PDT | Kerry Picket
    The secret back channel of negotiations between Iran and the United States, which led to this month’s interim deal in Geneva on Iran’s rogue nuclear program, has also seen a series of prisoner releases by both sides, which have played a central role in bridging the distance between the two nations, the Times of Israel has been told. In the most dramatic of those releases, the US in April released a top Iranian scientist, Mojtaba Atarodi, who had been arrested in 2011 for attempting to acquire equipment that could be used for Iran’s military-nuclear programs.
  • Ted Cruz: A Dangerous, Wrongheaded Deal. Obama gave Iran a win and sold out our Israeli allies.

    11/27/2013 6:09:31 AM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Nov 25, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    According to the interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program that was reached this weekend in Geneva, not one centrifuge will be destroyed. Not one pound of enriched uranium will leave Iran. Not one American unjustly detained in Iran's notorious prisons will be released. But Iran will start to receive, in a matter of days, $7 billion in relief from international economics sanctions. This appears to be an unfortunate case of history repeating itself. As happened with North Korea in 1994, fascination with the negotiation process has blinded American diplomats to the true nature of their negotiating partners. Substantive sanctions relief...
  • Iran-North Korea Missile Cooperation Undermines Recent Geneva Nuclear Deal

    11/27/2013 5:49:29 AM PST · by Innovative · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Iranian collaboration with North Korea on a new rocket booster for long-range missiles undermines the deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, key Senate and House Republicans said on Tuesday. “While the president was undertaking his secret negotiations—which Congress wasn’t informed of—he had to know Iran and North Korea were testing new engines for ballistic missiles to target the United States,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces. Reports of Iran-North Korea ICBM collaboration follow new anti-America and anti-Israel outbursts from the Islamist regime in Tehran, Cruz said. “The Iranian regime...
  • Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal

    11/26/2013 3:04:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 11/26/13 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva. Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented The White House released a multi-page fact sheet containing details of the draft agreement shortly after the deal was announced. However, Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal as “invalid” and accused Washington of releasing a factually...
  • Is Obama violating the law: Iran Sanctions Act passed by Congress and signed by him in 2010?

    11/24/2013 12:59:25 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    H.R. 2194 (111th): Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) The illicit nuclear activities of the Government of Iran, combined with its development of unconventional weapons and ballistic missiles and its support for international terrorism, represent a threat to the security of the United States, its strong ally Israel, and other allies of the United States around the world. (2) The United States and other responsible countries have a vital interest in working together to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. (3) The International...
  • Full Text of Iran-Powers Nuclear Deal

    11/24/2013 9:29:21 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 11 replies
    farsnews ^ | November 24, 2013
    The full text of the deal is as follows: Geneva, 24 November 2013 Joint Plan of Action ( ) Preamble The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for...
  • Iranian President Rouhani: 'Iran's nuclear rights recognised'

    11/24/2013 4:57:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 24, 2013
    Iran has reached an agreement with world powers over its nuclear activities. In a televised address, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, welcomed the deal, saying the country had the right to continue its uranium enrichment programme.
  • Israel Criticizes Nuclear Pact. Netanyahu Says Deal Allows Iran to Continue to Enrich Uranium

    11/23/2013 10:29:22 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 24, 2013 | Josh Mitnick
    Israel harshly criticized the agreement between Iran and six world powers, saying it would not prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon. "This is a bad agreement. It gives Iran exactly what it wants: both substantial easing of sanctions and preservation of the most substantial parts of its nuclear program,'' said a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office Sunday.
  • Report claims secret US-Iran talks laid groundwork for nuclear deal (AP/Foxnews)

    11/23/2013 9:33:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    FoxNews/AP ^ | Nov 24, 2013 | AP
    The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran's nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned. The discussions were kept hidden even from America's closest friends, including its negotiating partners and Israel, until two months ago, and that may explain how the nuclear accord appeared to come together so quickly after years of stalemate and fierce hostility between Iran and the West. President Barack Obama...
  • Fact Sheet(First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

    11/23/2013 8:59:24 PM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    White House Press Release ^ | Nov 23, 2013 | White House
    The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. President Obama has been clear that achieving a peaceful resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is in America’s national security interest. Today, the P5+1 and Iran reached a set of initial understandings that halts the progress of Iran's nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects. These are the first meaningful...
  • Iran Follows in North Korea's Nuclear Shoes

    11/23/2013 8:20:37 PM PST · by Innovative · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | v 19, 2013 | Claudia Rosett
    Mr. Kerry and his team have yet to address one of the biggest challenges: the example set by North Korea, which over the past two decades has shown the world—Iran, not least—how a rogue state can exploit over-eager western diplomacy to haggle and cheat its way to the nuclear bomb. Since 1994, North Korea has cut a series of nuclear freeze deals, collecting security guarantees, diplomatic concessions and material benefits along the way. North Korea has cheated and reneged on every deal. Today, the Kim regime has uranium enrichment facilities, has restarted (again) its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, has...
  • Breaking: Iran Deal Has Been Reached

    11/23/2013 6:16:00 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 344 replies
    Chad Pergram ^ | 11/23/13 | Chad Pergram
    Secretary of State John Kerry confirms there is a deal on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva.
  • Western official: Iran nuclear deal may be imminent (BREAKING News on CNN)

    11/22/2013 3:13:06 PM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 22, 2013 | Jim Sciutto
    Momentum appears to be building for a breakthrough deal on Iran's nuclear program, with top diplomats flocking to the site of ongoing talks and one Western official saying Friday a deal could be reached "as soon as tonight." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague will both be in Geneva on Saturday.
  • ‘Geneva talks a facade, US-Iran worked secretly on deal for past year’

    11/17/2013 10:48:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/17/13 | Stuart Winer
    The Geneva negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and Iran are a mere “facade,” because the terms of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program have been negotiated in talks between a top adviser to President Barack Obama and a leading Iranian nuclear official that have continued in secret for more than a year, Israeli television reported Sunday. Despite ostensible full coordination between the US and Israel over strategies for thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons drive, the administration did not keep Israel fully informed on those talks, Channel 10 news reported, but Jerusalem nonetheless has a pretty clear picture of what has
  • 'Quite possible' Iran, powers can reach nuclear deal next week - U.S. official

    11/16/2013 9:23:37 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Reuters/UK Yahoo ^ | Nov 16, 2013 | Lesley Wroughton, Reuters
    Major powers and Iran are getting closer to an initial agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, adding it is "quite possible" a deal could be reached when negotiators meet November 20-22 in Geneva. U.S. President Barack Obama has urged sceptical U.S. lawmakers not to impose new sanctions on Iran while negotiations are ongoing and called for a pause in U.S. sanctions to see if diplomacy can work. In addition to lobbying lawmakers, the White House this week also reached out to progressive groups supportive of diplomacy with Iran to make sure they stay...
  • Iran's Rouhani Says Uranium Enrichment a "Red Line"

    11/10/2013 7:07:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Real Clear Politics/AP ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Nassar Karimi
    Iranian officials said Sunday the country made progress with world powers during "serious" talks over Tehran's nuclear program, but insisted the nation cannot be pushed to give up uranium enrichment as negotiations move into tougher ground over ways to ease Western concerns that Iran could one day develop atomic weapons. The remarks on enrichment repeat past declarations on the country's "right" to produce nuclear fuel, which is a key element of the talks over its scope. But President Hassan Rouhani and his top envoys seek to assure hard-line critics that Iran will not make sweeping concessions in the negotiations, which...
  • Netanyahu Urges Kerry to Reject Deal with Iran (“utterly rejects” and will defend itself)

    11/08/2013 5:59:33 AM PST · by xzins · 25 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | November 8th, 2013 | JTA
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States to reject a deal which, according to reports, would ease sanctions on Iran if it limits uranium enrichment to 3.5 percent purity. Netanyahu said Israel “utterly rejects” the deal and is not obliged to abide by it. “Israel is not obliged by this agreement and will do everything it needs to defend itself, to defend the security of its people,” he said prior to a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry announced last minute that he would fly to Geneva from Israel, where he is attempting to salvage...
  • Signs of rift between Israel and US over Iran

    10/20/2013 1:17:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Joseph Federman
    Just days after the first round of global nuclear talks with Iran, a rift appears to be emerging between Israel and its closest ally, the United States. Israel's prime minister on Sunday called on the U.S. to step up the pressure on Iran, even as American officials hinted at the possibility of easing tough economic pressure. Meanwhile, a leading Israeli daily reported the outlines of what could be construed in the West as genuine Iranian compromises in the talks. Convinced Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes the Iranians are trying to trick the West into easing...
  • Report: Putin to travel to Iran for nuclear strategy talks

    09/14/2013 8:56:05 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:32 AM 09/14/2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Iran’s invitation to visit Tehran to work out a strategy for the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Fars News Agency reported Saturday. The West believes the Iranian program is a front for developing nuclear weapons. Putin, seen by Iran’s clerical establishment as a strong opponent to America and the West — especially after his successful political play on averting a U.S. missile strike on Syria — was approached by Iran to protect the Islamic regime in the face of continued pressure by the West over its illicit nuclear program. Russia and the U.S. reached agreement...
  • Iran move to speed up nuclear program troubles West

    02/21/2013 8:00:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:48pm EST | Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday, a defiant step that will worry Western powers ahead of a resumption of talks with Tehran next week. In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said 180 so-called IR-2m centrifuges and empty centrifuge casings had been put in place at the facility near the central town of Natanz. They were not yet operating. If launched successfully, such machines could enable Iran to speed up significantly its accumulation of material that the West fears could be used to devise...
  • Lawmaker says Iran will never close nuclear site

    02/17/2013 8:00:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 9:58 AM EST
    A prominent Iranian lawmaker is saying his country will never close the Fordo nuclear site in exchange for an ease in Western sanctions. … Fordo, southwest of Tehran, is producing uranium enriched to 20 percent, which can be turned into weapons-grade material. …
  • On Iran, Hagel Muddles the Message

    02/01/2013 1:54:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/1/13 | DAVID E. SANGER
    -snip- “It’s somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible,” a member of Mr. Obama’s own team of advisers on Iran said on Thursday night when asked about Mr. Hagel’s stumbling performance on the question during the all-day hearing. The worry was evident in the voice of the official, who would not speak on the record while criticizing the performance of the president’s nominee. For those who question whether the no-containment cornerstone of the Obama approach to Tehran is for real, or just diplomatic rhetoric, Mr. Hagel clearly muddled the message, he said.
  • Hagel sinking

    01/31/2013 3:42:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/31/13 | Jennifer Rubin
    It’s fascinating, actually, to see a nominee of this importance do so poorly. Chuck Hagel, nominated for defense secretary, has gone from awful to atrocious today, having to deny the obvious meaning of words he previously authored (on Global Zero), correct himself repeatedly (no, he didn’t mean Iran’s government was “legitimate”) and find himself simply unable to explain himself. Forgetting about his views, he does not radiate the confidence nor project the intelligence the job demands. It is unclear whether he was not prepped properly, whether he refused to be coached or whether he simply isn’t bright.