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Obama's Iran Deal Now Looks Safe in Congress

Numbers just aren't there for the GOP to override a veto

(Newser) - The numbers are adding up for President Obama on Iran. It now appears that his nuclear deal—which he defended in a letter last week—will make it through Congress because it's "nearly mathematically impossible for GOP leaders to build a veto-proof majority in either the House or... More »

Obama Interrupts Vacation to Send Letter to Congress

Hopes letter to Democrats will erase lingering doubts about Iran deal

(Newser) - President Obama is hoping to calm concerns among Democrats still undecided or against the Iran nuclear deal. In an Aug. 19 letter to New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler written in the midst of Obama's vacation on Martha's Vineyard , the president maintains the deal itself cannot be changed,... More »

Top Jewish Democrat Rejects Iran Deal

Schumer thinks Iran isn't going to change

(Newser) - Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Jewish Democrat in Congress, has dealt President Obama's Iran deal a major blow but probably not a fatal one. The NY senator says that after "considerable soul-searching," he has decided to oppose the deal, which means Obama will have a harder task... More »

Obama to Congress: Expect a Mideast War If You Reject Iran Deal

Same people who backed Iraq war oppose deal, he says

(Newser) - President Obama today began his campaign to convince Congress to back his Iran nuclear deal with a major speech in which he characterized the upcoming vote as one about war or peace. If the deal falls through, opponents can expect a likely outcome, he said at American University: “Another... More »

Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis to 'Door of Oven'

POTUS candidate under fire for attack on Iran nuclear deal

(Newser) - It's no surprise that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee isn't happy with the recent Iran nuclear deal , but the rhetoric he used to make his point has prompted a call from the Democratic National Committee for an apology, the BBC reports. In an interview with Breitbart on Saturday, the... More »

UN Starts Down Path Toward Lifting Iran Sanctions

Security council unanimously approves resolution

(Newser) - The UN Security Council today unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and authorized a series of measures leading to the end of UN sanctions that have hurt Iran's economy. The New York Times points out that this resolution, which was approved 15-0, concerns... More »

Ayatollah: Our Policy Toward 'Arrogant US' Won't Change

Iran's supreme leader speaks out on nuclear deal

(Newser) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today a landmark nuclear deal won't change his country's policy toward the "arrogant" US, making his first public speech since the Islamic Republic's historic pact with world powers. Khamenei said a more wide-ranging agreement with America is unlikely,... More »

Hillary Clinton May Have Just Saved the Iran Deal

Her support makes it unlikely GOP can prevail in Congress

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton met with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill today and gave what one described as a "full-throated" endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal, reports the Hill . Clinton's public comments were a bit more measured: "This is an important step in putting a lid on Iran's... More »

5 Takes on the Iran Nuclear Deal

We won't be able to really assess until after President Obama leaves office

(Newser) - Assuming it clears Congress, it won't be possible to truly assess whether the Iran nuclear deal was a smart move by President Obama until after he's out of office, observes David Sanger in the New York Times . "The best guess today, even among the most passionate supporters... More »

Iran Nuke Deal's Next Battle: Congress

Congress will have 60 days to review before making its move

(Newser) - The rigorous negotiation phase is over, but the landmark Iran nuclear deal now faces what the Wall Street Journal calls a "wall of resistance" in Congress. "It's going to be a very hard sell," Mitch McConnell said on Fox News Sunday , raising doubt that any deal... More »

Here's What the Iran Nuke Deal Means

18 days of talks finally produce historic deal

(Newser) - After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation—not to mention 20 months of "tortuous talks," as CNN puts it—world powers and Iran have today struck a landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions—... More »

Iran Talks Miss Deadline, With Repercussions

Iranian foreign minister claims US has shifted its demands

(Newser) - After blowing past two extensions , both sides in the Iran nuclear talks had hoped to seal a deal before the end of yesterday in Vienna. But that didn't happen, and comments from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cast doubts that agreement is near as the current round of... More »

Iran Nuke Inspectors Ready to Go High-Tech

IAEA task force has been slowed down by antiquated equipment—until now

(Newser) - Iran has labeled international inspections at its main atomic sites over the past 18 months as "the most intrusive and robust" of that any country has faced, per the New York Times . But inspection leaders say they've actually been hampered this whole time by outdated technology—and that... More »

Iran Nuke Deal: One Deadline Met, One Extended

Stockpile was capped on time, but the interim agreement has been extended

(Newser) - Today had originally been envisioned as the culmination of a 20-month process to assure the world Iran cannot produce nuclear weapons, and provide the Iranian people a path out of of years of international isolation. We're not there. But Iran has complied with a key condition of the nuclear... More »

As Ayatollah Balks, Obama Ex-Advisers Slam Nuke Deal

Experts fear deal will 'fall short...of a 'good' agreement'

(Newser) - With five days until the deadline for a nuclear deal, Iran's supreme leader is drawing new "red lines" in the sand on previously agreed-upon points of contention, including that sanctions against the country be lifted immediately or "we will never agree with it." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei... More »

Iran Lawmakers Make Surprise Nuke-Deal Demand

Iran's parliament votes to limit inspections of nuclear sites

(Newser) - With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents, and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran... More »

Saudis Say They'll Keep Up With Iran in Nuke War

Obama meeting with Arab leaders today to assure them of Middle East security

(Newser) - President Obama is convening with six Arab leaders today at Camp David, hoping to assure them that a deal between the West and Iran to contain the latter country's nuclear efforts won't compromise the security of the Middle East. But the Saudis already seem to be balking, announcing... More »

Iran Releases Seized Ship

MV Maersk Tigris was captured over alleged court ruling

(Newser) - Iran released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship today, Tehran's official IRNA news agency reported. The agency cited a source inside the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization, saying that the organization will issue a statement later in the day with details of the ship's release. Iranian forces seized the... More »

Navy Vessels to Accompany US Ships in Gulf

Move follows aggressive action by Iran

(Newser) - Navy ships will begin accompanying US commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran. The new policy, which has not yet officially been announced, was adopted in response to what Washington views as... More »

Iran: Seized Ship Owed Us Money

FM: 'We should not read too much into it'

(Newser) - Iran says when it fired warning shots at a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship yesterday before boarding it and hauling it off to an Iranian port, it wasn't about sabre-rattling or political posturing, but rather just a good old-fashioned money dispute. "I think we should not read too much... More »

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