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Iran: We Executed Nuke Scientist Who Spied for US

Shahram Amiri had turned up in US, was returned to Iran in 2010

(Newser) - Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who gave the US intelligence about the country's contested nuclear program, Iran's official news agency, IRNA, is confirming. The Sunday report quotes a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, as confirming the execution of Shahram Amiri . He says Amiri "... 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 »

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 »

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 »

For 3rd Time in Year, Iran Talks Blow Past Deadline

3 foreign ministers departed overnight, and it's unclear what that means

(Newser) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed in Switzerland today but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach a deal outline and agreed to press on. Eager to avoid a collapse in the discussions, the US and others claimed... 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 »

Quake Kills 7 Near Iran Nuke Plant

Bushehr reactor undamaged by 5.8 temblor

(Newser) - For the second time this year, a deadly earthquake has struck close to Iran's only nuclear reactor—and rattled neighbors across the Persian Gulf. The 5.8 magnitude quake that hit 38 miles north of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in the same region where a slightly stronger quake... 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 »

As Iran Talks Falter, Rouhani Calls Enrichment 'Red Line'

Talks end with progress but no deal; will resume Nov. 20

(Newser) - Iranian officials said today it made progress with world powers during "serious" talks over Tehran's nuclear program, but insisted the nation cannot be pushed to give up uranium enrichment as negotiations move into tougher ground. The remarks on enrichment repeat past declarations on the country's "right"... More »

Iran May Be Building a Different Kind of Bomb

US and European officials fear switch to plutonium

(Newser) - There's more than one way to skin an atom, and apparently Iran is trying them all. The rogue state may have weapons grade plutonium by next summer, US and European officials tell the Wall Street Journal , which is something of a surprise, given that until now the international community... More »

US Makes 'Bunker Buster' Bomb Even Bigger

Hopes to send message to Iran and Israel

(Newser) - The Pentagon has been doing a little showing off for Israel. US officials have been playing Israeli military and civilian leaders footage of the Pentagon's new and improved "bunker buster" bomb, which it says can now take out Iran's most secure nuclear enrichment facility, Fordow. The goal... More »

Iran's Nuclear 'Plan B': Plutonium

Until now, international powers have been focusing on uranium

(Newser) - The Telegraph has details today of what it calls Iran's "Plan B," a second path to creating a nuclear bomb: New satellite images show that Iran has activated its Arak heavy-water production plant; heavy water could eventually power a nuclear reactor that would produce plutonium for bomb-making.... More »

Iran Attempted Shopping Spree, Fueling Nuke Fears

Tehran tries to buy 100K banned magnets

(Newser) - Iran has tried to buy huge quantities of banned nuclear-linked magnets amid announced plans for thousands more centrifuges. The news has experts concerned that the country could be ready to give its nuclear program a major boost, the Washington Post reports. A year ago, Tehran attempted to order some 100,... More »

Ayatollah Nixes Direct US-Iran Talks

Foreign minister had offered some support

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader has rejected proposals for direct talks with United States, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and other issues. Today's statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website marks his first reaction to the proposals for the one-on-one talks, which received... More »

Iran on Restarting Nuke Probe: No

IAEA negotiators had hoped to make progress before six-nations talks

(Newser) - The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest round of negotiations with Iran ended today without any real progress made toward restarting investigations into Iran's nuclear program, reports the AP . The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany head to Tehran later this month for direct talks, and those... More »

Iran: OK, We'll Talk Nukes Again

No date, details set, but Saeed Jalili says talks should continue this month

(Newser) - The latest Iran/six-nation talks over the country's nuclear program failed in June , leading to tough sanctions. But Iran is now ready to resume talks once more, says Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, reports the AP . No date was suggested in today's announcement, but talks should occur... More »

US Steps up Spying on Iran Nuke Reactor

Concerned about safety at Bushehr

(Newser) - Concerned over fuel rods that were unexpectedly discharged in October, the US has increased spying on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor, officials tell the Wall Street Journal . Spent fuel from Bushehr was supposed to be returned to Russia, which commissioned and built the reactor, so the US was surprised when... More »

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