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  • Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

    5 days ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran's nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms.

    Israel plans to lobby the U.S. Congress not to...

  • Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    6 days ago

    The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities."

    Army General Martin Dempsey,...

  • Kerry warns U.S. Congress that scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

    1 week ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

    "There are conclusions that have been drawn that don't in fact...

  • Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply "bomb away" Tehran's atomic know-how.

    Testifying publicly before Congress...

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  • Iran rejects sanctions extension beyond 10 years

    2 weeks ago

    Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners.

    Abbas Araqchi, one of several deputy foreign ministers, also told a...

  • Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze

    2 weeks ago

    Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday toward reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of Western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.

    Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first top level German government...

  • Obama challenges Iran deal critics to come up with an alternative

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged critics of the Iran nuclear agreement to come forward with a viable alternative, saying the only two real options were a negotiated deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions or war.

    "What I haven't heard is: what is your preferred...

  • Iranians dance in streets, thank Rouhani for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Young Iranian men and women danced in streets in parts of Tehran and motorists honked car horns to cheer an historic nuclear accord with world powers they hope will end years of economic sanctions and decades of international isolation.

    Millions of Iranians had followed the talks...

  • Iran, big powers clinch landmark nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.

    Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would...

  • Iran, world powers push for Tuesday nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers were set to miss a midnight deadline on Monday to reach a final deal, but diplomats from all sides said they hoped for a breakthrough in the coming hours.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said an agreement was...

  • Israel accuses world powers of yielding to Iran for nuclear deal

    June 15, 2015 | 9:06 am

    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 program even as Tehran balks at demands for heightened U.N. inspections.

    Netanyahu has argued that the agreement in the...

  • Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

    May 5, 2015 | 9:48 am

    While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a looming Iranian nuclear deal, his defense chiefs see a more pressing menace from Tehran's guerrilla allies.

    Chief among these is Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that fought Israeli forces to a stand-still in their...

  • Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

    April 13, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

    The moves come after world powers, including Russia,...

  • Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

    April 10, 2015 | 11:59 am

    Beefing up international monitoring of Iran's nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

    As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors...

  • Obama: nuclear deal not predicated on Iran recognizing Israel

    April 6, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    President Barack Obama on Monday poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

    "The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

    "That is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment," he said.

  • Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

    April 6, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland.

    The prevailing sentiment...

  • Conflicting U.S., Iranian accounts on sanctions relief

    April 6, 2015 | 10:17 am

    After Iran and world powers agreed last week to a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, Tehran and Washington seem to have different interpretations over how that will be done.

    Many details must still be hammered out, including the pace...

  • Reporting Iran talks: stampedes, dirty shirts and $72 cocktails

    April 2, 2015 | 2:31 pm

    Hundreds of journalists have been crammed into a pair of large lounges at a 19th century hotel for over a week now, eager for any scrap of information on closed door negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

    Reporters from dozens of American,...

  • Iranians celebrate announcement of framework agreement

    April 2, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    Celebrations broke out in Tehran on Thursday night as a landmark framework agreement for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was announced.

    Videos posted on social media showed cars driving through the streets of Tehran with honking horns and passengers clapping.

    ...
  • U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary nuclear deal as deadline looms

    March 26, 2015 | 9:10 am

    The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

    As the talks began, Washington and Tehran...

  • On election night, remembering when Israelis loved Iran

    March 23, 2015 | 10:34 am

    While Israel’s election results were still rolling in, one predominantly Jewish audience in New York was watching Israelis talk about Iran.

    But the Israelis in the documentary screened Tuesday night at the Center for Jewish History weren’t addressing the Islamic Republic’s...

  • Obama to Iran’s people: ‘Best opportunity in decades’ to pursue different future with U.S.

    March 19, 2015 | 5:39 pm

    President Barack Obama, in a message to Iran's people and leaders on Thursday, said this year represented the "best opportunity in decades" to pursue a different relationship between their two countries.

    Obama said nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers had made progress...

  • Netanyahu owes win to jitters over Iran-Gulf official

    March 18, 2015 | 9:37 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu owes his election win to Israeli security fears, notably about Iran's growing regional influence, said an official of a Gulf Arab government wary of Tehran's progress towards a nuclear deal with world powers.

    "With Iran emerging again, it was...

  • Iran, U.S. line up technical options as push for deal intensifies

    March 17, 2015 | 9:26 am

    Iran and major world powers have been making headway in identifying technical options for a historic nuclear deal as an end-March deadline nears but difficult issues must still be addressed, U.S. and Iranian officials said on Tuesday.

    Iran and six world powers are seeking an...

  • Whether ‘Bibi’ or ‘Bougie,’ Israelis demand living costs relief

    March 10, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Whoever wins Israel's election next week must answer demands for relief from soaring housing prices and a high cost of living, but the days of big state spending on social programs are unlikely to return.

    Opinion polls show that more than half of Israelis believe social issues...

  • Republicans warn Iran nuclear deal with Obama may not last

    March 9, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Republican U.S. senators warned Iran's leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention in foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran.

    The open...

  • Iran hints might not reject 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

    March 5, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    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.

    U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a...

  • Mutually assured delusion: Obama defers to Iran

    March 5, 2015 | 10:32 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the United Congress on Tuesday sought to call into question the perennially troubled Barack Obama administration's Middle East policy.

    Even many supporters of President Obama are finding it increasingly...

  • Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

    March 4, 2015 | 5:08 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices.

    But the claim that lower oil...

  • Iran: Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress on Tehran’s nuclear work ‘boring and repetitive’

    March 3, 2015 | 12:18 pm

    Iran on Tuesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tehran's nuclear programme as "boring and repetitive, the state news agency IRNA said.

    In his address, Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama against negotiating a nuclear...

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