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  • Abbott implores governors to reject WH request to lift Iran sanctions

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 1, 2016 | 9:55 am

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott took another step in his fight against the Obama administration over the Iran nuclear deal, urging the other 49 governors to follow his lead and reject the administration’s request to lift state sanctions on Iran.

    “I understand the Obama...

  • Report paving way for Iran sanctions relief likely Saturday

    January 15, 2016 | 2:11 pm

    An IAEA report verifying that Iran has kept its promises under last year's nuclear deal with world powers and triggering sanctions relief for Tehran is likely to be issued on Saturday, a diplomatic source said on Friday.

    The report, if issued, would mark the consummation of the...

  • White House: Sanctions relief depends on Iranian compliance with nuke deal

    September 4, 2015 | 11:56 am

    The removal of sanctions depends on Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said.

    “We’ve been crystal-clear about the fact that Iran will have to take a variety of serious steps to significantly roll back their...

  • Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

    May 19, 2015 | 8:22 am

    A senior Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over Iran's reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

    Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi...

  • With House set to approve Iran deal, options to shape outcome remote

    May 12, 2015 | 3:04 pm

    The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried.

    Skeptics of the nuclear negotiations have all but given up on a congressional role before the June 30 deadline for an agreement between Iran and the major powers.

    “I’m not sure there’s...

  • Obama extends sanctions on Iran while noting its improved behavior

    March 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    President Barack Obama noted improved Iranian behavior while nuclear talks are underway, but said a yearlong extension of sanctions is still merited.

    On Wednesday, Obama extended the status of national emergency for Iran, which perpetuates existing sanctions on the regime for a...

  • Beyond sanctions and kerfuffles, the Iran deal Netanyahu wants to avoid

    February 3, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of sanctions.

    Media attention ahead of the speech has focused on the diplomatic crisis set off by the...

  • Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

    January 29, 2015 | 9:48 am

    The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    However, the bill is not expected to come for a vote in the full...

  • Sanctions bill founders again on Obama veto threat

    January 23, 2015 | 11:43 am

    For the second year running, a bid to pass a bill intensifying sanctions against Iran appears to be foundering on threat of a presidential veto.

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama vowed to veto further sanctions legislation, saying it would “all but...

  • Kerry, Lew to address AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak at the annual AIPAC conference.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confirmed the administration speakers but did not give the dates of their speeches at next week’s event.

  • Kerry, Lew to address AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak at the annual AIPAC conference.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confirmed the administration speakers but did not give the dates of their speeches at next week’s event.

  • Kerry, Lew to address AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak at the annual AIPAC conference.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confirmed the administration speakers but did not give the dates of their speeches at next week’s event.

  • Groups join to oppose sanctions

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 29, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    A loose coalition of advocacy groups and policy experts, including a pair of dovish Jewish organizations, have been coordinating messaging in support of the Obama administration’s Iran strategy.

    The coalition was convened by the Ploughshares Fund, which advocates for a...

  • Jon Stewart: After Congress, Iran and Israel, Justin Bieber doesn’t seem so bad

    January 16, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Jon Stewart last night talked about the congressional push for Iran sanctions, Moshe Yaalon, Hassan Rouhani and Justin Bieber.



  • Bipartisan Group in Congress asks Treasury Dept. to recall workers overseeing Iran sanctions

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 11, 2013 | 8:48 pm

    For the first time since most of the federal government shut down on Oct. 1, there appeared to be some hope on Capitol Hill on Friday that Congressional Republicans and President Obama could come to a compromise that will allow the federal government to be reopened, possibly in the...

  • House overwhelmingly votes to add new Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

    The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively...

  • August 1, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 1, 2013 | 3:35 am

    Headline: U.S. House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports

    To Read: Dana Milbank writes about Rand Pauls bitter defeat against the GOP's interventionalists in the recent vote on Egypt-

    Paul responded to all this with rambling speeches and wild gestures, refusing to...

  • Russia’s Putin says Iran nuclear push is peaceful

    June 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he has no doubt that Iran is adhering to international commitments on nuclear non-proliferation but regional and international concerns about Tehran's nuclear program could not be ignored.

    Putin, whose country is among six world...

  • May 31, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 31, 2013 | 3:37 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. Lifts Iran Sanctions on Laptops, Mobile Phones

    To Read: Daniel Benjamin, who served as the State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator up until last year, believes that Obama knew what he was talking about in his counter-terrorism speech and that the...

  • May 9, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2013 | 3:14 am

    The US

    Headline: Senate bill aims to toughen Iran sanctions

    To Read: According to former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, with all its past experience with intelligence mistakes, the US needs to remember to calmly examine the possible motives of despots before...

  • April 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 19, 2013 | 3:16 am

    The US

    Headline: Secretary of State John Kerry urges against new Iran sanctions

    To Read: Charles Krauthammer writes about Obama's constant fear of using the word 'terrorism':

    But if it is nevertheless found to be Islamist, will Obama use the word? His administration...

  • Iran, world powers ‘far apart’ after new nuke talks

    April 8, 2013 | 9:11 am

    The world powers will pursue further talks with Iran over its nuclear program, but will not continue them indefinitely, John Kerry said a day after another round of talks failed to produce any new proposals.

    The talks between Iran and six world powers - the United States,...

  • Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran will destroy Israeli cities If attacked

    March 21, 2013 | 7:48 am

    Iran's clerical supreme leader said on Thursday the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if it came under attack from the Jewish state.

    "At times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion but they...

  • Obama administration sanctions Greek magnate

    March 15, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The Obama administration sanctioned a Greek shipping magnate, saying he had helped Iran defy sanctions by providing cover for its oil trade.

    Dimitris Cambis, "president of Impire Shipping, helped the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) obtain eight tankers in late 2012," said...

  • Kerry sees ‘finite’ time for Iran nuclear talks

    March 4, 2013 | 3:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was "finite" time for talks between Iran and world powers on its disputed nuclear program to bear fruit, but gave no hint how long Washington may be willing to negotiate.

    Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly...

  • Netanyahu urges ‘military sanctions’ threat against Iran

    February 27, 2013 | 6:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community on Wednesday to threaten Iran with "military sanctions," saying economic measures are failing to curb Tehran's nuclear drive.

    "I believe it is incumbent upon the international community to intensify the...

  • Iran, world powers meet in Kazakhstan on Islamic Republic’s nuclear program

    February 26, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Iran and six world powers are meeting for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

    The talks began Tuesday in Kazakhstan. It is the first negotiations to be held in nearly eight months. The world powers are made up of Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security...

  • January 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 17, 2013 | 3:38 am

    The US

    Headline: Militants Seize Americans and Other Hostages in Algeria

    To Read: 6 Things You Need to Know About Denis McDonough
    Joshua E. Keating of Foreign Policy brings readers up to speed on the man expected to be the new White House chief of staff

    McDonough, 43, is...

  • December 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 24, 2012 | 12:29 am


    Hagel and Israel

    Despite the claims of his detractors, former senator Chuck Hagel is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic, writes Alon Pinkas in Al-Monitor

    ...many of these same critics are those who consider Obama as fundamentally anti-Israel. They believe that...

  • December 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 11:53 pm


    'These Guys Are Thugs'

    Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tells David Kenner of Foreign Policy that Morsi is engaged in a power grab, and slams the U.S. for not speaking out. 

    ElBaradei evokes Yogi Berra to describe U.S. policy on Egypt: It reminded him,...

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