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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 »

Ayatollah: Nuclear Talks 'Will Lead Nowhere'

Pessimism high as talks resume today in Vienna

(Newser) - Negotiators from Iran and six other nations will convene today in Vienna to try to hammer out a permanent follow-up to Iran's temporary nuclear deal , but expectations aren't exactly soaring. "The nuclear negotiations will lead nowhere," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicted yesterday, echoing the feelings of many... More »

Rouhani: World 'Surrendered' on Nuke Deal

Iran president, facing hardline critics, boasts of great deal

(Newser) - Many of the details surrounding the deal between six world powers and Tehran on the latter's nuclear program remain under wraps, but Iran President Hasan Rouhani sounds pretty happy. The "world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," says a tweet today under Rouhani's name, according... More »

Iran: We're Going to Produce Way More Oil

Even if it means tanking global crude prices

(Newser) - Following an initial nuclear deal between Tehran and the West, Iran is planning to ramp up its oil production, its oil minister says. "We will produce 4 million even if the price drops to $20," says Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. That's about a sixth of the current price,... More »

Obama's Secretive Ways Pay Off With Iran Deal

David Ignatius: He works best 'out of sight'

(Newser) - President Obama has a "secretive, cerebral style of governing" that doesn't always pay dividends, writes David Ignatius at the Washington Post . Sometimes, however, it's just the thing—as with the newly struck deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Months ago, Obama sent two top aides to... More »

Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal 'Not Built on Trust'

It's 'based on verification,' he says

(Newser) - If you're finding yourself a bit wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran last night because, hey, why are we suddenly trusting these guys? ... John Kerry would like to reassure you: The deal is "not based on trust. It's based on verification," he said on... More »

Iran Nuclear Deal Is 'a Triumph'

Dueling columnists weigh in on nuclear deal

(Newser) - The nuclear deal struck with Iran last night is either "a triumph," or something we shouldn't be all that excited about just yet. Dueling columnists weigh in:
  • Guess what: The deal is exactly what President Obama was going for, an agreement that—when details were leaked a
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Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Deal a 'Historic Mistake'

As Iraq, Syria praise deal

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran today, calling it a "historic mistake" and saying he was not bound by the agreement. Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world had become a "more dangerous place" as a... More »

World Powers, Iran Strike Deal on Nukes

Details sketchy, but Iranian, French diplomats confirm it's done

(Newser) - The French and Iranian foreign ministers say a deal between six world powers and Iran has been struck that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. "Yes, we have a deal," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said as he walked past... More »

Iran Could Have Bomb in a Month: Report

But negotiators point to progress in talks

(Newser) - In just a month, Iran could have enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb, a US expert says. "Breakout times"—a reference to the period needed to get weapons-grade uranium from low-enriched uranium—"are currently too short and shortening further." The findings, from the Institute... More »

Iran's Rouhani: Sanctions on Us Are 'Violent— Pure and Simple'

He also says Tehran is willing to enter talks on its nuclear program

(Newser) - An Iranian president addressed the UN General Assembly today, and for a change there was no talk of 9/11 conspiracies, Holocaust hoaxes, or the US delegation walking out . Instead, Hasan Rouhani—the more moderate successor of Mahmoud Ahmandinejad—said his nation wants to ease tensions with the US and take... More »

No Handshake: Obama, Iran President Won't Get Together

For Tehran, it's 'too complicated'

(Newser) - US-Iran relations may be on the upswing, but a much-anticipated handshake between presidents Obama and Hasan Rouhani never materialized on the sidelines of today's UN meeting, reports NBC News . The White House had requested a quick meeting between the two leaders, but Iran balked because it was "too... More »

Iran Wants to Make a Deal

Rouhani writes encouraging op-ed in Washington Post

(Newser) - Iran thinks it's poised to finally bury the hatchet with the US and strike a sanctions-ending nuclear dealbecause officials believe President Obama offered that kind of rapprochement in his letter to newly-elected moderate Hasan Rouhani, a top Iranian adviser tells the New York Times . In Iran's reading,... More »

Iran President: We'll Never Build Nuclear Weapon

Rouhani also calls war a sign of 'weakness'

(Newser) - If Iran's more moderate new president is to be believed, the US doesn't have to worry about Tehran pursuing nuclear weapons. “We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb, and we are not going to do so,” Hasan Rouhani tells Ann Curry of NBC News... More »

Obama's New Pen Pal: The President of Iran

US is hoping to thaw relations with Rouhani

(Newser) - US-Iranian relations have been tense lately—and by "lately" we mean for more than three decades—but the election of moderate Hasan Rouhani may have changed all that. President Obama has been exchanging letters with Rouhani in recent weeks, the LA Times reports, and officials say it's possible... More »

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