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  • Iranians Pull Out of Nuke Talks

    12/13/2013 9:26:14 AM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies ^ | 12/13/13 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian negotiators abruptly ended nuclear talks with Western powers in Vienna on Friday just a day after the Obama administration announced tighter sanctions on Tehran. Iran had threatened that new or tighter sanctions would nullify the recently reached Geneva interim deal, which is not yet in effect. The Iranians abruptly “halted” the talks and left Vienna so that they could consult with higher-level officials about how to proceed with talks following the tighter sanctions, which were announced Thursday morning by the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • Obama: Eliminating Every ‘Nut and Bolt’ of Iran’s Nuclear Program Not an Option

    12/09/2013 1:19:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 12/9/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – President Obama argued at the weekend that it was unrealistic to envisage an agreement with Iran requiring a complete end to uranium enrichment. But Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu countered that turning up the pressure could deliver “a better deal,” describing the issue as “the paramount challenge of our generation.” snip “If I had an option, if we could create an option in which Iran eliminated every single nut and bolt of their nuclear program, and foreswore the possibility of ever having a nuclear program, and, for that matter, got rid of all its military capabilities, I would...
  • White House: Iranian Ballistic Missile Test Not a Deal Killer

    12/11/2013 4:12:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Iran’s most controversial nuclear work. The White House clarified its stance just days before Iran is scheduled to launch another ballistic missile some 75 miles into the atmosphere. The statement contradicts recent remarks indicating that such a test would in fact violate and nullify the weeks-old agreement, which provides Iran with some $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for a partial six-month freeze of its uranium enrichment program.
  • Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Has Terror Infrastructure in Central, South America

    12/10/2013 1:18:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/10/2013 | Abraham Rabinovich
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said yesterday that Iran has built up a terror infrastructure in Central and South America from which to attack Jewish and Israeli targets in the region and as a base for attacking inside the United States. “The Iranians use diplomatic mail in order to transport bombs and weapons,” he said in a meeting with visiting Guatamalan President Otto Fernando Perez Molina, himself a former intelligence chief in his country. “We know that there are states in South America like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia where the Iranians have terror bases, both in the embassies and...
  • Sources: White House Has Killed Iran Sanctions

    12/12/2013 2:23:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/12/2013 | Adam Kredo
    House lawmakers are lashing out at their Senate counterparts over the upper chamber’s failure to pass tighter Iran sanctions before Congress recesses.With only two weeks left on the legislative calendar, congressional insiders say that a new Iran sanctions measure currently under consideration by the Senate is all but dead in the water.Senate Democratic leaders appear poised to give in to White House demands that no new sanctions be imposed on Iran for the rest of the year and likely through most of 2014.The two key avenues that senators could use to push through new sanctions—the Senate Banking Committee and the...
  • Kerry: Iran deal likely to allow enrichment

    12/10/2013 5:32:57 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    December 10, 2013, 05:37 pm Kerry: Iran deal likely to allow enrichment By Julian Pecquet Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said a final nuclear deal with Iran would likely allow that country to enrich uranium in some capacity, a nonstarter for many lawmakers. The Obama administration is seeking to convince Congress to delay new sanctions on Iran, arguing they could derail diplomatic talks. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Kerry he could assuage the concerns of Congress and Israel by making sure a final deal precludes Iran from enriching uranium on its own soil. “That deal was on the...
  • Iran: ‘Deal is dead’ if sanctions are passed - "Do not like to negotiate under duress"

    12/09/2013 12:28:22 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 9, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Iran is threatening to walk away from nuclear talks if Congress approves new sanctions against Tehran. In an interview with Time, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “the entire deal is dead” if Congress passes new sanctions, regardless of whether they would only be triggered by the failure of the talks. “We do not like to negotiate under duress,” Zarif said. “And if Congress adopts sanctions, it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States.” Lawmakers angry about the six-month deal struck with Iran have said...
  • Obama lies to Israelis on Iran nuke deal

    12/08/2013 6:53:26 PM PST · by gooblah · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | december 8 2013 | Aaron Klein
    As a host of the daytime talk show "The View," Barbara Walters questioned why politicians, including the presidents, swear on a Bible while taking office when there is separation of church and state. "That is very true, but it starts almost with the oath of office which usually ends with 'So help me God,'" Walters said during the talk show, after actress Jane Seymour's remarks over a new political ad by Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas in which he apologizes for backing President Barack Obama's signature health care law, or "Obamacare," and also highlights the importance of the Bible...
  • Iran Announces Second Nuclear Reactor

    12/02/2013 9:34:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 12/2/13 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to “forge ahead” with Iran’s nuclear enrichment program over the weekend and announced the upcoming construction of a second nuclear reactor in the province of Bushehr. snip Rouhani praised the Bushehr nuclear plant, which is not covered under the recently unveiled nuclear deal, in separate remarks over the weekend.
  • US Calls Netanyahu 'Desperate and Weak'

    12/01/2013 1:01:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 128 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu's remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.” .....
  • Iran Says Obama and Kerry Are Lying About the Nuclear Deal

    11/30/2013 11:09:59 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/26/2013 | Bryan Preston
    The Washington Free Beacon reports. I have no idea whom to believe. 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 inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.
  • Valerie Jarrett’s ‘Flexibility’ to Negotiate Iran deal

    11/30/2013 4:09:34 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | November 30, 2013 | shoebat
    The now infamous ‘open mic’ moment between Barack Obama and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev captured Obama talking about having “more flexibility” after being re-elected. The comments were made at a nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea on March 26, 2012. Shortly before asking Medvedev for “flexibility”, Obama was overheard asking his Russian counterpart to relay a message to Vladimir Putin In reporting the incident, The New York Times implied the comment had to do with “…objections in Russia to the American plans for a missile defense system based in Europe.” How about the other portion of the Obama quote,...
  • Surrender in Geneva

    11/29/2013 4:10:51 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/29/2013 | Mark Steyn
    Iran, U.S. Set to Establish Joint Chamber of Commerce within Month,” reports Agence-France Presse. Government official Abolfazi Hejazi tells the English-language newspaper Iran Daily that the Islamic Republic will shortly commence direct flights to America. Passenger jets, not ICBMs, one assumes — although, as with everything else, the details have yet to be worked out. Still, the historic U.S.–Iranian rapprochement seems to be galloping along, and any moment now the cultural-exchange program will be announced and you’ll have to book early for the Tehran Ballet’s season at the Kennedy Center (“Death to America” in repertory with “Death to the Great...
  • Netanyahu vows to banish ‘darkness’ of Iran nuclear program

    11/29/2013 6:55:16 AM PST · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 28, 2013, 9:15 pm | Joshua Davidovich
    Riffing on Hanukkah holiday, prime minister says Israel will be a ‘light unto the nations’ in dealing with Tehran should diplomacy fail Melding the Hanukkah holiday and foreign affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solemnly vowed to serve as a “light unto the nations” and act against Iran’s nuclear program should diplomacy fail Thursday night. Speaking at the Western Wall for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony, Netanyahu compared Iran’s nuclear program to a darkness that would be forced out by Israel, referencing a popular children’s song for the holiday. “We came to drive out the darkness, and the largest darkness that threatens...
  • Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities 'Must Be Bombed', Geneva Deal to Prevent Israel Self-Defense

    11/29/2013 7:11:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | November 28, 2013 2:43 pm
    House Intelligence Committee member Michelle Bachmann said that Iran’s nuclear facilities “must be bombed.” In a speech at a Zionist Organization of America gala on Sunday night, Bachmann said that the Geneva deal reached between Iran and world powers at the weekend will severely limit Israel’s ability to operate freely in the interests of its self defense. Bachmann said, “It may be incumbent upon the Prime Minister to make a decision he has no desire to make, and that would be to bomb facilities, that must be bombed, in Iran.” The former presidential candidate framed the deal as a deliberate...
  • Kerry: 'We Drove a Very Hard Bargain' With Iran

    11/28/2013 11:57:06 AM PST · by ColdOne · 50 replies ^ | 11/26/13 | Amy Woods
    Kerry appeared in a short video explaining he "drove a very hard bargain" with Iranian negotiators to effectively set back their nuclear ambitions, The Hill reports. "We drove a very hard bargain to achieve what we needed to in terms of our verification and certainty about where they're going," Kerry said. “We drove a hard bargain because we have one unwavering purpose in our goal: President Obama has been absolutely clear that Iran cannot and will not acquire a nuclear weapon
  • Netanyahu makes a phone call. Report: Obama asks Netanyahu to 'take a breather' from vocal criticism

    11/28/2013 9:57:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies ^ | 11/28/13 | staff
    As the US prepares to start talks on an "end state" agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, US President Barack Obama has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to "take a breather" from his vocal criticism of the interim deal signed in Geneva, journalist David Ignatius wrote in a column published in The Washington Post on Thursday. Obama and Netanyahu spoke on the phone on Sunday, in a conversation meant to assuage the prime minister's concerns following the signing of the "first stage" deal between Tehran and the P5+1 countries. After weeks of Israeli officials publicly condemning the deal, Netanyahu...
  • VALERIE JARRETT: Iran’s “Deal Maker”, Her Main Mission As Obama’s Consigliere

    11/28/2013 5:05:52 AM PST · by AdinaF · 43 replies
    Adina Kutnicki, A Zionist & Conservative Blog ^ | Nov. 25, 2013 | Adina Kutnicki, Israel
    It is seemingly impossible to quantify the amount of treachery committed by Iranian born Valerie Jarrett to western civilization, try as one may. In tandem with her boss, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, they are the most DANGEROUS duo in the western world. That’s not an easy hurdle to pass. But if not for a highly trusted contact in mid 2012, at the inception of this site, the reportage on Val would have been minimal, if at all. A heads up from an “in the know” Washington, DC associate kept dropping hints….again and again. It is important to give credit where it...
  • Obama Sinks Israel

    11/27/2013 11:42:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, President Barack Obama doomed Israel to a choice between unpalatable options: either striking at Iran's nuclear facilities in its own defense and thereby internationally isolating itself, or watching as its most ardent enemy goes nuclear. The deal, put into place with Iran by the Obama administration, allows Iran to continue developing nuclear-enrichment processes, encompasses virtually no real monitoring standards and grants cash to a regime busily preparing for a second Holocaust. Obama made the conscious decision to shove Israel into this corner for two reasons. First, because he is an egotist determined to divert attention from his domestic...
  • The goal of Obama's foreign policy

    11/27/2013 8:08:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/27/2013 | Caroline B. Glick
    It isn't surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible. >>SNIP<< The negotiations with the Iranians that culminated in Saturday night's agreement went on for a year. And yet, the final deal reflects Iran's opening positions. That is, over the course of the entire year, American and European negotiators were not able to move Iran's positions one iota. So what...
  • Ted Cruz, Iran hawk: This Geneva deal on the Iranian nuclear program is a disaster

    11/27/2013 8:46:41 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies ^ | November 26, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I wanted to write something contrasting his views on the deal with Rand Paul’s to explore how “tea party” foreign policy, such as it is, differs from libertarian foreign policy. But unless I missed it, Paul hasn’t uttered a word about Geneva since the terms were announced Saturday night. Nothing on his Twitter feed as of this writing, nothing from his Senate press shop. He’s been conspicuously silent while Cruz, just as conspicuously, has rushed to get out in front on it. Which, come to think of it, is a meaningful contrast.Here’s Cruz in Foreign Policy sounding about as hawkish...
  • Iran says to continue building at Arak nuclear site despite deal (in open violation of agreement)

    11/27/2013 8:51:32 AM PST · by Dave346 · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:48am EST
    Iran will pursue construction at the Arak heavy-water reactor, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying on Wednesday, despite a deal with world powers to shelve a project they fear could yield plutonium for atomic bombs. France, one of the six powers that negotiated Sunday's interim pact with Iran to curb its disputed nuclear program, said in response to Zarif's statement that Tehran had to keep to what was agreed in the Geneva talks. The uncompleted research reactor emerged as one of several big stumbling blocks in the marathon negotiations, in which Iran agreed to restrain its atomic...
  • Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal

    11/26/2013 3:04:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies ^ | 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...
  • PRUDEN: Obama’s full grovel to Iran

    11/25/2013 7:22:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | Wesley Pruden
    There’s good news and bad news in Barack Obama’s sucker deal with Iran. The Iranians get all the good news, and the West gets all the bad news. The only good news for the good guys is that the deal, like Obamacare, is President Obama’s baby. Sometimes, the baby daddy has to pay up. The president and his administration, having done the full grovel in Geneva, is now into full defensive mode. Stung by the cries of disbelief in Washington from a growing number of his partisan allies in Congress, the president insists that his handiwork “halted the progress of...
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert: The Intentional Betrayal of Israel

    11/25/2013 1:47:56 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 25, 2013
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Rep. Louie Gohmert: The Intentional Betrayal of IsraelPosted By On November 25, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Editor’s note: Below is the video and transcript of Congressman Louie Gohmert’s speech at the Freedom Center’s 2013 Restoration Weekend. The event was held November 14th-17th at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida.  Congressman Louie Gohmert from DHFC on Vimeo.Louie Gohmert: Oh, it’s so good to be here.  Thank you, Michael.  Thanks for all those insights.And actually, I’ve got some good ideas.  And our friend, Arthur Laffer, one of the smartest...
  • Wife of imprisoned pastor says family devastated after Iran deal fails to secure his release

    11/25/2013 11:27:27 AM PST · by cblue55 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2013 | Mike Majchrowitz
    The wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini says she and her family are devastated after learning that the Obama administration did not try to secure the release of her husband as part of the newly signed deal on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran Deal Could Lead To Scuttling Of The Great U.S. Oil Boom

    11/25/2013 11:44:37 AM PST · by Laurent.w · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/25/2013 | Christopher Helman
    In the short term, the Iran deal will ease the political risk premium baked into oil prices. In the long-term a gush of Iranian oil could soften oil prices enough to kill the economics of America’s tight oil boom. Given sufficient investment in drilling and infrastructure, there are ample oil reserves in Iraq and Iran to add another 5 million bpd to global oil supplies within 10 years. The Eagle Ford and Permian Basin and Bakken need sustained high oil prices to make the economics of expensive drilling and steep decline rates pay off. If crude oil benchmarks were to...
  • Reports: U.S. Unfreezes $8 Billion in Iranian Assets

    11/25/2013 9:25:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 38 replies ^ | 11/25/13 | Adam Kredo
    The United States released $8 billion in frozen assets to Iran on Sunday in a move meant to ensure Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear pact signed over the weekend, according to top Iranian officials. Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht confirmed on Monday morning that the U.S. government had unfrozen $8 billion in assets that had been previously blocked by the Obama administration.
  • Netanyahu: Iran Given Written Approval to Violate Resolutions

    11/25/2013 9:49:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2013, 1:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening reiterated that the deal reached between the West and Iran over its nuclear program was dangerous and a mistake. “As we learn more and more details about the agreement that was achieved last night in Geneva, it becomes increasingly clear how bad and dangerous this agreement is to the world, the region and Israel,” Netanyahu said in a speech at the EMET Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem. “Iran is receiving billions of dollars in eased sanctions without having to pay any real price. Iran is receiving written approval to violate UN Security Council...
  • Move over Obamacare. Now there’s Obamabomb

    11/25/2013 5:58:28 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 25 Nov 13 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    The president who promised us that his health care legislation would allow us to keep our insurance plans and doctors now insists that his agreement with Iran will not allow it to keep a nuclear weapons program. What the two pledges have in common is that they are both lies. No matter how many times such statements are repeated and seconded by President Obama’s partisans and the press, they amount to serial, intentional and potentially fatal fraud. Now, some Americans may still trust President Obama, or at least be inclined to give his deal a chance. But that means buying...
  • Iran Hails Deal with World Powers as Recognition of Nuclear 'Rights'

    11/25/2013 8:35:12 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 24, 2013
    In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Nov. 24, 2013. Iran's leaders have welcomed a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, calling it a recognition of Iranian nuclear rights and the beginning of an end to international sanctions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised address Sunday that the interim deal reached in Geneva earlier in the day recognizes what Iran says is its "right" to enrich uranium. Iran says its enrichment work is for peaceful...
  • Gen. Hayden: Iran Deal 'Worst of All Possible Outcomes'

    11/25/2013 8:26:12 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies ^ | Monday November 25, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Sunday criticized the Obama administration's deal with Iran saying it will only delay, not derail the country's nuclear program. Hayden told CNN's "State of the Union" that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry "hit the pause button, rather than delete button." "Practically the worst of all possible outcomes, because now what you have here is a nuclear capable state," Hayden said. Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll "I think frankly that is Iran's bottom line, so what we're negotiating on is...
  • What Does Nuclear Deal Mean for Iran's Role in Syria?

    11/24/2013 10:24:47 PM PST · by Praxeologue · 10 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 25, 2013 | Scott Stearns
    LONDON — Could the nuclear deal with Iran help ease the way toward peace talks on ending Syria's civil war? Immediately after the accord with Iran was finalized, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague set to work to prepare a political transition to stop the fighting in Syria. Iran is the principal backer of Syrian military strikes against government opponents and has made clear its intention to carry that influence to planned peace talks in Geneva. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says there is no excluding Tehran. "Without any doubt, the Islamic Republic...
  • US rolls over on Iran nuke program

    11/24/2013 10:54:04 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 13 replies ^ | Nov 24 , 2013 | Allen West
    Nothing good happens late at night, and America just had a modern-day Neville Chamberlain moment.
  • The Iran Deal Puts Pro-Israel Democrats in a Bind

    11/25/2013 4:08:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/25/13 | Josh Kraushaar
    These Dems have to balance their loyalty to the president—and his desire to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program—with their discomfort over a deal. It's been a tough year for Israel's most loyal supporters in the U.S. It began with a messy confirmation process for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a nominee whom pro-Israeli groups viewed with concern. Over the summer, President Obama leaned on those groups, most notably the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to lobby for his proposal authorizing military intervention in Syria, only to abandon the push at the last minute. And, most recently, pro-Israel organizations have been...
  • Dershowitz: Iran Deal 'Cataclysmic Error of Gigantic Proportions'

    11/25/2013 6:29:55 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 24, 2013 | Greg Richter
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that the Obama administration was naive and had possibly made a "cataclysmic error of gigantic proportions" in its deal to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for an opening up of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. "I think it could turn out to be a cataclysmic error of gigantic proportions," Dershowitz said of the deal, which he described as "naive." "It could also turn out to be successful, to be the beginning of a negotiated resolution," Dershowitz told Newsmax on Sunday. "But I think the likelihood of it being the former is considerably...
  • Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own

    11/25/2013 6:34:43 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 25, 2013 | Damien McElroy
    Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own. A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with Iran and said Riyadh would follow an independent foreign policy. Nawaf Obaid told a think tank meeting in London that Saudi Arabia was determined to pursue its own foreign and policy goals. Having in the past been reactive to events, the leading Sunni Muslim nation was determined to be pro-active...
  • Richard Spencer: Allies may see Iran deal as sign of superpower in retreat

    11/25/2013 6:42:57 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 24, 2013 | Richard Spencer
    An Iran secure in relations with US could have a positive impact on a number of regional issues, but the Sunni world could fall out of Washington's orbit. Washington feels triumphant but has a superpower ever struck a deal like this, in defiance of its most closely affected allies? The United States is still, despite recent debacles, the global hegemon. Ignoring the pleas of allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia is just one of those things a superpower can do if a president wants to put a diplomatic achievement in the White House column marked "legacy". But for Sunni Arab...
  • Ted Cruz criticizes Iran nuclear agreement

    11/24/2013 8:35:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies ^ | 11/24/13 8:18 PM EST | KATIE GLUECK
    Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday blasted the nuclear deal with Iran, saying it doesn’t sufficiently rein in Tehran’s nuclear program. “According to the interim agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program that was reached this weekend in Geneva, not one centrifuge will be destroyed,” the Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said in a statement. “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.” “The administration has gotten it backwards...
  • With Iran Accord, Obama Opens Mideast Door

    11/24/2013 6:59:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2013 | By Mark Landler
    For President Obama, whose popularity and second-term agenda have been ravaged by the chaotic rollout of the health care law, the preliminary nuclear deal reached with Iran on Sunday is more than a welcome change of subject. It is also a seminal moment — one that thrusts foreign policy to the forefront in a White House preoccupied by domestic woes, and one that presents Mr. Obama with the chance to chart a new American course in the Middle East for the first time in more than three decades. Much will depend, of course, on whether the United States and the...
  • J Street Sees Iran Agreement as Positive First Step

    11/24/2013 5:50:12 PM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    J ^ | NOVEMBER 23RD, 2013 | J Street
    J Street welcomes the agreement reached today in Geneva by the P5+1 and Iran as a significant first step in efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The agreement will effectively freeze and begin to roll back the Iranian program in exchange for limited economic relief for six months. During this period, the P5+1 will continue to negotiate a permanent agreement, pressing the Rouhani regime to accept an enforceable comprehensive deal to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while maintaining the essential sanctions architecture. The accord has several very important provisions that will effectively freeze Iran's program and...
  • Israel vows 'whatever is necessary' to stop Iran

    11/24/2013 5:26:48 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 42 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 24, 2013 | WND
    Israel will do “whatever is necessary” to stop Iran from going nuclear, declared Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon in a radio interview Sunday. Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Danon warned all options are on the table after Iran and six world powers reached what is being described as an historic deal. “We were not part of the negotiations,” he said. “We have not signed this agreement. And we will do whatever is necessary to protect Israel.” Danon said, “We cannot allow ourselves to make a mistake. If it is a bad agreement and...
  • Disagreements break out within hours of Iran accord

    11/24/2013 4:44:09 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | November 24, 2013 | Geoff Dyer
    Shortly after the historic nuclear agreement was reached with Iran in the early hours of Sunday morning, John Kerry, US secretary of state, took to Twitter to announce a “first step that makes the world safer”. In one of those gestures that would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani promptly retweeted his comment. Yet within hours, both men had also revealed substantial disagreements over the nuclear negotiations in Geneva which served to expose the very large gaps that still lie between this initial deal and a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme over the next...
  • ACLJ: Saeed, Others Betrayed by Obama Administration (in nuclear deal with Iran)

    11/24/2013 4:53:53 PM PST · by xzins · 14 replies
    CBN ^ | November 24, 2013 | Donna Russell
    The American Center for Law and Justice says the Obama administration should never have struck a deal with Iran without part of the terms being the release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held in Iranian prisons. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow says basically, President Barack Obama and Secretary of John Kerry turned their back on their fellow Americans. "It is outrageous and a betrayal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has spent more than a year in an Iranian prison simply because of his Christian faith," Sekulow said following word of a deal with the Islamic...
  • Saudi Arabia would not ‘sit idly by’ if West fails with Iran

    11/24/2013 4:25:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | November 23, 2013 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK said on Friday that the kingdom would not “sit idly by” if world powers fail to halt Iran’s nuclear program, calling the Obama administration’s “rush” to embrace Tehran as “incomprehensible.” “We are not going to sit idly by and receive a threat there and not think seriously how we can best defend our country and our region,” Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, who is the Saudi ambassador to the UK and King Abdullah’s nephew, told British newspaper The Times. “Let’s just leave it there, all options are available,” he said, referring to possible...
  • Iran Accord Likely to Push Oil Prices Down [1 Million Barrels a Day Could Return to Global Markets]

    11/24/2013 3:05:43 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 24 2013 | TATYANA SHUMSKY
    Oil prices are likely to drop, analysts said, as the nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers potentially paves the way for more crude oil to reach the global market.
  • How Iran nuclear deal was clinched amid party at double-booked hotel

    11/24/2013 3:41:27 PM PST · by fella · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 Nov. 2013 | Julian Bolger
    As negotiations overran, foreign ministers relayed messages while country-folk band played Ring of Fire at charity concert
  • Gamechanger: Inside the Historic Iran Nuclear Deal (Makes Iran a regional superpower?)

    11/24/2013 2:34:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 24, 2013 | Christopher Dickey
    Once again the Obama administration pulls the United States away from the path to war, but that’s not the same as peace. Forget “apocalypse now” for now. The diplomatic agreement Iran reached in the wee hours of Sunday morning with the United States, Britain, Russia, China, Germany and France (yes, even reluctant France) stops Tehran’s rush toward the potential production of nuclear weapons. It makes it difficult—if not impossible—for Israel to start a war to try to eliminate that threat, and in return, it offers only very modest relief from the draconian sanctions crippling the Iranian economy. If Americans are...
  • Canada 'deeply skeptical' about Iran's intentions

    11/24/2013 2:19:40 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 24, 2013 |
    Canada is "deeply skeptical" about Iran's intentions, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said on Sunday. "Every diplomatic [effort] should be taken to ensure that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon," Baird said. He added that effective sanctions brought the Iranian regime to its more moderate front, and led to the interim deal signed in Geneva. Canada will therefore continue to impose its sanctions on the Islamic Republic in full force, Baird said. "A nuclear Iran is not just a threat to Canada or its allies but it would also seriously damage the integrity of decades of work for nuclear...
  • 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...