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Reformists Make Big Gains in Iran Elections

But no political camp is expected to win a majority

(Newser) - Partial results released Sunday indicate that Iranian reformists will win all 30 parliamentary seats contested in the capital, Tehran, handing hard-liners an embarrassing defeat in the first elections held since last year's nuclear deal, which appears to be propelling moderates to their best nationwide electoral showing in more than... More »

Obama Takes Iran Victory Lap: 'Today Is a Good Day'

President heralds Americans' release, nuke deal, rolls out new sanctions

(Newser) - President Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord, holding both up as victories for "smart" diplomacy and his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States. "This is a good day," Obama... More »

'Today Marks the Day of a Safer World'

Atomic agency chief: Iran has met nuclear deal obligations

(Newser) - The UN nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer's landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of US-led efforts to crimp Iran's ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years,... More »

Iran Frees Washington Post Reporter

Jason Rezaian is among the detained Americans being released

(Newser) - Iran will release four detained Americans—including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian —in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, US and Iranian officials said Saturday. A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, US officials... More »

Iran OKs Bill Clearing Way for Nuke Deal

Tehran will let itself back out if sanctions aren't dropped

(Newser) - Iran's parliament on Sunday approved an outline of a bill that would allow the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers, the official IRNA news agency said. The bill allows the government to withdraw from implementing the agreement if world powers do not lift sanctions,... More »

At UN, Netanyahu Silently Glared for 44 Seconds

He slams Iran deal but praises alliance with US

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Iran nuclear deal in a United Nations speech, pausing to glare silently at the General Assembly for 44 seconds. The pause came after he denounced the UN's "deafening silence" over Iran's threats to destroy Israel, the Washington Post reports. "... More »

GOP Hits Senator for Iran Deal With Mushroom Cloud Ad

Michael Bennet faces tough race, first round of volleys over support of deal

(Newser) - A conservative group is airing an ad to bash Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and his support of the Iran nuclear deal, showing kids counting down from 10 in different languages to a mushroom cloud. The ad by Advancing Colorado then shows a huge explosion and billowing cloud. Over charred and... More »

IAEA: Iran Gave Us Nuke Test Samples, but It's OK

Yukiya Amano vouches for 'authenticity' of samples taken from Parchin site

(Newser) - It's been 10 years since International Atomic Energy Agency reps have visited Iran's Parchin military site, but they were there yesterday to inspect a building and take environmental samples as part of their quest to keep a sharp eye on the country's nuclear machinations, Reuters reports. Yukiya... More »

Obama's Iran Deal Prevails in Senate

Democrats block disapproval vote by Republicans

(Newser) - Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran today, overcoming ferocious GOP opposition and delivering President Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority. A disapproval resolution for the agreement fell two votes short of the 60 needed to move forward as most Democratic and... More »

Khamenei: You'll Be Gone in 25 Years, Israel

Iran's supreme leader takes to Twitter to threaten 'Zionists,' rebuff US

(Newser) - As House lawmakers contended with more chaos on the Iran nuclear deal today, the supreme leader of Iran was busy making his own statements that appear to squash any hopes of Iran trying to mend its delicate relationship with the US via the deal, per the Times of Israel . Instead,... More »

Colin Powell: Iran Accord Is a 'Pretty Good Deal'

Debbie Wasserman Schultz also backs deal

(Newser) - The Iran nuclear deal picked up some high-profile support today, with Colin Powell coming to the defense of what he tells NBC News is "a pretty good deal." "These are remarkable changes, and so we have stopped this highway race that (the Iranians) were going down—and... More »

Obama Locks Up Iran Deal With 34th Senator

Thanks to Barbara Mikulski, GOP now can't override presidential veto

(Newser) - Earlier this morning, President Obama was "on the brink" of wrapping up the Iran nuclear deal after Democratic Sens. Bob Casey and Chris Coons threw their support his way, the Wall Street Journal reports. Now Maryland's Barbara Mikulski has given her thumbs-up, giving the president the magic number... 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 »

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 »

At Last? Sources Say Iran Nuke Deal Coming Today

Formal agreement expected tomorrow after eons of negotiations

(Newser) - Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are expected to reach a provisional agreement today on a historic deal that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, diplomats told the AP. The two diplomats cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out... More »

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