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Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Deal on Friday

But he also will give Tehran a chance to 'fix' things

(Newser) - President Trump said last month he'd made up his mind about the Iran nuclear deal, and he is expected to reveal that decision on Friday. Officials tell USA Today Trump is set to announce that he will decertify what he's called "the worst deal ever," though... More »

US, Others Condemn Iranian Space Launch

Experts say satellite-carrying rocket is close to nuke-carrying ICBM

(Newser) - On Thursday, Iran launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space in what was likely a notable advance for its space program, the AP reports. On Friday, the US and three other countries condemned that launch, and the US levied sanctions on six Iranian entities as punishment. According to Reuters , a member... More »

Dems, GOP Agree on Bill That Weakens Trump on Sanctions

Legislation subjects president to congressional review on sanctions

(Newser) - It turns out Democrats and Republicans can work together to get legislation done. Reuters reports representatives on both sides of the aisle have agreed on legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation also makes it harder for President Trump to single-handedly relax or... More »

US Accuses Iran of 'Alarming Provocations'

Trump has ordered review of policy

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson wants Iran to know that the US hasn't forgotten about it amid current difficulties with Syria, Russia, and North Korea. He accused the country of "alarming ongoing provocations" Wednesday, the day after the Trump administration began a government-wide review of Iran policy, Reuters reports. Tillerson called... More »

Iran Sanctions Lifted Due to 'Secret' Nuke Loopholes: Report

DC think tank says US, negotiating partners helped Iran

(Newser) - President Obama called it a "good day," while Secretary of State John Kerry said it "[marked] the day of a safer world" in January after five US hostages held in Iran were released and international sanctions against the country were lifted because it had supposedly kept its... 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 »

No Deal as Iran Nuke Talks Head to Overtime

Diplomats near 7-month extension of talks

(Newser) - World powers made headway on Iran's nuclear program over the weekend, but not enough to make tonight's midnight deadline: Talks, however, look like they'll be extended for seven more months, with a "well-placed" US diplomat telling the AP this morning that they're near an agreement... More »

Obama Could Ease Iran Sanctions— Without Congress

White House points to president's power to 'suspend' them in event of a deal

(Newser) - Iran may be open to a nuclear deal in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions, and President Obama, the Treasury Department says, has the power to take action himself. According to a White House study, Obama doesn't need congressional approval to "suspend" most of the sanctions on... More »

Iran Nuke Deal Begins: Tehran Cuts Enrichment

Country poised to relaunch key exports

(Newser) - A preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is now in effect. "In line with the implementation of the Geneva joint plan of action, Iran suspended the production of 20% enriched uranium in the presence of UN nuclear watchdog inspectors" at two sites, an Iranian atomic energy official... More »

Secret US-Iran Talks Paved Way for Nuke Deal

Oman helped broker meetings after hikers' release

(Newser) - The landmark nuclear deal with Iran isn't as sudden a breakthrough as it might seem. Before the Geneva talks, a team of American diplomats hand-picked by President Obama held at least five secret meetings with their Iranian counterparts starting in March, the AP finds. The American delegations were led... More »

Iran Talks, More Calculated Than Advertised, Begin

Report indicates Obama worked hard for that Rouhani phone call

(Newser) - Talks kick off today between Iran and the other P5+1 nations, and both sides were brimming with cautious optimism. Iranian negotiator Mohammad Javed Zarif touted the possibility of a breakthrough, while a senior Obama administration official said that they see "the outlines of a first step," the New ... More »

'Optimism' as Iran, West Begin New Nuke Talks

First negotiations since Rouhani's election

(Newser) - Global leaders have gathered in Geneva for a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear capabilities—the first since Hasan Rouhani became the country's president. The New York Times sees "the most promising atmosphere for negotiations" in a decade, thanks to Rouhani's apparent willingness to work... More »

Over US Threats, Pakistan, Iran Push for Gas Pipeline

Presidents meet to inaugurate project

(Newser) - Pakistan is starting work on a gas pipeline to Iran, a long-planned project that the US says threatens anti-nuclear sanctions against Tehran. Iran has nearly finished its own section of the pipeline; today, presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Asif Ali Zardari attended a border ceremony. Some 485 miles of pipeline are... More »

Iran May Have Enough Uranium for Nuke in 2014

Plus: Sanctions cause drug shortages

(Newser) - By the middle of next year, Iran may have stockpiled enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear weapon, US experts say, calling for heightened sanctions on the country. In a new report, five nonproliferation experts argue that it's time for President Obama to make it "crystal clear" that... More »

How Iran Is Working Around Sanctions

Sticks to couriers, trading firms in other countries: US Treasury

(Newser) - Iran is managing to sneak around heavy economic sanctions using other countries' private trading houses, fake identities, and something called hawala, the US Treasury tells reporters. The sanctions have left the country "almost without recourse through ordinary banking channels," says a spokesman. So Iranian officials are in some... 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 »

Iran Building $10B Pipeline to Syria

It will be completed next year, news agency claims

(Newser) - In a sign that international sanctions must be biting hard, Iran has announced a plan to revitalize its energy sector—with a pipeline to war-torn Syria. Semi-official news agency Fars says work on the 750-mile natural gas pipeline, which will pass through Iraq, has already begun, the AP reports. The... More »

New 'Flame' Virus Found; EU Boosts Iran Sanctions

'Mini-flame' could steal data, control systems: experts

(Newser) - Cyber-security experts have spotted a small but precise "mini-virus" riding on the heels of Flame, the espionage tool designed by Israel and the US to undermine Iran's nuclear facilities , reports YNet News . Dubbed "mini-Flame," the new virus appears "designed to steal data and control infected... More »

Iran Weighs Plan to Cause Oil Spill: Report

Such a spill in the Persian Gulf would boost oil prices

(Newser) - Iran's latest idea: cause an oil spill in the Persian Gulf that would punish the West and force its leaders to play nice with Tehran, the Jerusalem Post reports. Such a spill would also drive up oil prices, induce Western countries help clean it up, and perhaps lead them... More »

Feeling the Heat? Iran Floats 9-Point Plan to Stop Nukes

US says it's a non-starter, but it could be a sign ayatollah is worried: NYT

(Newser) - Iran is pushing a new nine-point plan to stop enriching uranium, but the US views the terms as so ridiculous—sanctions go away with little guarantee that Tehran will make good on the promise—that it looks to be a non-starter, reports the New York Times . This false start holds... More »

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