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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 But inspection leaders say they've actually been hampered this whole time by outdated technology—and that...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 »

US Navy Responds as Iran Intercepts Cargo Ship

Marshall Islands flagged ship boarded in Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Iran is rattling sabres in the Strait of Hormuz today: Iranian warships have boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship—after firing warning shots, reports Reuters —and ordered it to "divert further into Iranian waters," adds CNN , quoting a US official. The M/V Maersk Tigris was reportedly on... More »

Iran General: US Carried Out 9/11 With 'Goal of Ruling'

He adds Shiite Houthis could deal 'lethal blows to Saudi Arabia'

(Newser) - The commander of Iran's ground forces is lobbing a pretty big accusation: Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan says conflicts in Iraq and Syria can be traced back to when the United States planned and executed the 9/11 attacks, the Independent reports. "These wars and these threats stem from... More »

Washington Sends Warship to Yemen

The USS Theodore Roosevelt may intercept Iranian arms

(Newser) - Proxy war, anyone? A US Navy aircraft carrier is headed for waters near Yemen amid concerns that Iran is sending fresh arms to Shiite Houthi rebels there, the AP reports. The USS Theodore Roosevelt will join other US ships in the area while roughly eight Iranian vessels, possibly carrying arms,... More »

Iran Deal Clears Senate Panel; Obama on Board

President says he would sign the measure

(Newser) - It looks like Congress will have its say on the Iran nuclear deal after all. A compromise version of legislation allowing it to do so cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with support from both parties this afternoon. In fact, it passed 19-0 , and it's expected to easily pass... More »

Pentagon: ISIS Is Losing Serious Ground

In Iraq, anyway; Syria's a different story

(Newser) - Iraqi forces have retaken about a quarter of the territory ISIS seized last year, according to an encouraging Pentagon analysis—some 5,000 to 6,500 square miles in the country's north and center, reports USA Today . "[ISIS] is no longer the dominant force in roughly 25% to... More »

Putin Selling Iran a 'Game Changer' Missile Defense

'Beast' could make it very hard for US to strike Iran

(Newser) - The nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers is still only a "framework," but Vladimir Putin has decided to lift a ban on missile sales to Tehran—and make it a lot harder for the US to strike Iran if the deal goes bad. The Russian leader has... More »

Iran: Lift Sanctions Same Day or No Deal

Rouhani warns against Yemen strikes

(Newser) - Iran's president is warning that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it's predicated on the immediate lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. Hassan Rouhani, speaking during a ceremony marking Iran's nuclear technology day,... More »

Obama: Iran Nuke Deal Is 'Personally Difficult'

The president presents his argument to Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - President Obama made his case yesterday for the pending Iran nuclear deal and essentially put it this way: While he respects Israel's concerns, and doesn't totally trust Iran, he's the leader of a massive military superpower that can afford to take a chance on diplomacy—a chance... More »

Netanyahu: Iran 'Getting a Free Path to the Bomb'

Bibi wants US to double down on sanctions, negotiate better deal

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't softened his stance toward the Iran nuclear deal , telling State of the Union today that not only did it "absolutely" threaten Israel, but that it gave Tehran "a free path to the bomb." As the Hill reports, the Israeli PM says that "... More »

Congress: Any Nuke Deal Goes Through Us

Too many 'gray areas' to let accord go through without full congressional review

(Newser) - A blueprint outlining the path toward a final deal between Western countries and Iran on its nuclear program was drafted yesterday, and Politico notes "there was much for Obama officials" and their partner countries to "be happy about," such as more centrifuge disassembling than previously anticipated. But... More »

Netanyahu: Iran Deal Could Mean End of Israel

Prime minister isn't swayed by Obama

(Newser) - President Obama called Benjamin Netanyahu after today's progress toward a deal with Iran about its nuclear program and tried to convince him that it was good news. How'd that go? Afterward, Netanyahu held a press conference. "A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of... More »

Iran, West Agree to 'Framework' of Nukes Deal

Obama hails pact, asks Congress to back off

(Newser) - It's not a final deal, but participants say it will lead to one by the end of June: President Obama heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as a "historic" agreement and warned Congress today against taking action that could upend the progress. "The issues at stake... More »

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