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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 »

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 »

Kerry: 'Hard Choices,' or US Will Walk on Iran Talks

Cites 'genuine progress,' but says there's distance on key issues

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry says negotiations with Iran could go either way—cutting off any potential path for an Iranian nuclear bomb or ending without agreement. Speaking in Vienna on the ninth day of the nuclear talks, Kerry said today that disagreements remain and both sides aren't "... 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 »

Iran: Don't Even Think About Inspecting Our Military Sites

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran won't acquiesce to 'coercion' by 'brazen' enemy

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader vowed today he won't allow inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders that Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands" from America and other world powers. Khamenei... More »

98-1: Senate OKs Bill to Review Any Iran Deal

Lone holdout is White House critic Tom Cotton

(Newser) - The Senate overwhelmingly backed legislation today that would let Congress review and possibly reject any final deal with Tehran. The vote was 98-1 for the bill that would give Congress a say on what could be a historic accord that the United States and five other nations are trying to... More »

US Built Replica of Iran's Nuclear Facilities

Secret project in Tennessee helped in latest talks, says New York Times

(Newser) - When US diplomats in Switzerland were haggling with Iran over its nuclear program, they had a unique source of knowledge: a "secret replica" of Iran's own facilities sitting in Tennessee, reports the New York Times . It seems the US has built one inside the sprawling Oak Ridge nuclear... 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 »

Senate Panel: We Have an Iran Bill

And they're optimistic it'll pass this afternoon

(Newser) - "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity." So said Sen. Bob Corker this morning in revealing that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republicans and Democrats have arrived at a compromise on a bill that would give Congress... 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 »

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