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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 »

Weird Key to Iran Deal: Wendy Sherman's Whiteboard

US negotiator used low-tech tool to keep talks moving

(Newser) - You'd be forgiven for thinking that John Kerry was the lead US negotiator in the talks that led to this week's Iran nuclear deal , but that duty actually fell to Wendy Sherman, the under secretary of state for political affairs. Today, the New York Times points out a... 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 »

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 »

Mired Iran Nuke Talks Going to Overtime

Sticking points remain on sanctions, uranium before final June deadline

(Newser) - With a midnight deadline looming, Iran and the six nations it's conferring with in Switzerland have reached a deal—to continue talks for a deal on Tehran's hotly contested nuke program. The nations are expected to release a joint statement today announcing they'll enter a "new... More »

Iran Balks at 11th Hour, Says Deal Still 'Doable'

Tehran suddenly says it won't ship uranium to Russia

(Newser) - A German foreign minister today cited "some progress and some setbacks" in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran in Swiss talks—and those "setbacks" include a seemingly sudden decision by Iran not to ship the bulk of its uranium to Russia as it had... More »

Ayatollah: GOP Letter to Iran Sign of US 'Disintegration'

Meanwhile, from John McCain: 'Maybe that wasn't exactly the best way to do that'

(Newser) - The 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to Iran's leadership about nuclear negotiations likely anticipated the reaction they got from President Obama. But some were taken aback by public backlash, and now they have another opinion to mull: that of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said today through Iran'... More »

GOP Didn't Expect Iran Letter Backlash

McCain blames snowstorm for lack of discussion

(Newser) - Some of the 47 Republican senators who signed a controversial letter to Iran's leaders seem a little surprised that people are making a big deal out of their bypassing of President Obama during nuclear negotiations. Sen. John McCain, who signed the letter warning that any deal could be canceled... More »

Obama Slams GOP Letter as 'Coalition' With Iran Hardliners

47 senators released open letter that Dems slam as 'interference'

(Newser) - Republican senators appear to have formed an "unusual coalition" with hardliners in Iran, President Obama said yesterday after 47 senators released an open letter to Iran's leaders about nuclear negotiations. The letter warned that any nuclear deal not approved by Congress would be considered merely an executive agreement... More »

Ayatollah Sent Secret Letter to White House

Wall Street Journal says it came amid recent nuclear talks

(Newser) - As Iran nuclear talks approach crunch time, one wild card has emerged—it turns out that President Obama and Iran's ayatollah are even bigger pen pals than realized, relatively speaking. The Wall Street Journal reports that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent Obama a letter "in recent weeks"... More »

Ex-CIA Officer Convicted of Leaking Secrets

Jeffrey Sterling, 47, convicted on all nine counts

(Newser) - A jury has convicted a former CIA officer of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling, of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court today. Prosecutors say Sterling disclosed... More »

US to Iran: Last-Minute Nuke Talks Won't Work

US tells Iran it's time to think about extending talks

(Newser) - The US told Iran today that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior US official says that with the Monday evening cutoff date... More »

Road to an Iran Nuke Deal Is Paved With Obstacles

Obama ready to work with Khamenei, but others wary of deal, including Israel, GOP

(Newser) - Foreign diplomats begin the tough work in Vienna tomorrow of negotiating with Iran on an agreement about its nuclear weapons program, possibly even bringing it to a grinding halt, the Guardian reports. But while the Obama administration has been working to jump-start the process—the president wrote a private letter... More »

Among Our Big Nuclear Problems: a Single Wrench

Billions may be required to fix the decaying weapons stockpile

(Newser) - Just 10 days before the deadline to wrap up nuclear negotiations with Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce today that there are "systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise," at least according to two Pentagon studies. Senior defense officials tell the New York Times that academic... More »

Clock Ticking, Ayatollah Deals Blow to Iran Nuke Deal

Appears to undercut negotiators in new speech

(Newser) - A Sunday deadline is looming for Iran to strike a nuclear deal with six world powers under a plan set in motion last year —but with just days to go, Iran's supreme leader has made the chances of a deal being forged in time look supremely unlikely. In... More »

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