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War With Iran? 'I Hope Not,' Says Trump

Diplomats move to de-escalate situation

(Newser) - Going to war with Iran is not on the to-do list of President Trump, officials say. Sources tell the New York Times that the president—who strongly criticized America's Middle East entanglements during his 2016 campaign—told Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan during a Wednesday morning briefing that he... More »

Iran Pulls Back From Nuclear Deal

Country says it will start keeping excess uranium

(Newser) - Iran's president said Wednesday that the country will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. Hassan Rouhani's address to the nation came... More »

Iran Warns of 'War Situation' as Sanctions Resume

Rouhani likens current situation to war against Saddam

(Newser) - Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war situation." The sanctions end all economic benefits America had granted Tehran for its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, though Iran for... More »

US Just Reimposed All Sanctions on Iran

Move follows decision to withdraw from 2015 nuclear deal

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran's shipping, financial, and energy sectors, the AP reports. It's the second batch of penalties the administration... More »

US Is Out of Iran Nuclear Deal. What Now?

A look at the coverage surrounding President Trump's announcement

(Newser) - President Trump formally withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord Tuesday—now what? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech broadcast live on state TV within minutes of Trump's announcement in which he warned the country could restart enriching uranium "without any limitations" within weeks, the... More »

Report: Trump Broke News on Iran Nuke Deal to Macron

NYT's source says president confirmed the US is out

(Newser) - We'll hear it straight from the horse's mouth at 2pm , but the New York Times reports President Trump confirmed to French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that the US will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. The deal, seen as one of Barack... More »

Chances of Trump Staying in Iran Deal 'Very Small'

President says he'll announce his decision Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump says he will announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal at 2pm Tuesday—and he's widely expected to declare that the US is pulling out. European diplomats who've been trying to change the president's mind now say the chances of him staying in the... More »

John Kerry on 'Stealth Campaign' to Save Iran Nuke Pact

Former Secretary of State is talking to world leaders

(Newser) - While President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly slam the Iran nuclear deal, John Kerry is quietly trying to save it. The former secretary of state has held private meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in an effort... More »

Netanyahu: 'Iran Lied, Big Time'

Israeli leader says Tehran pursued nuclear weapons despite denials

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu went on Israeli TV Monday night and issued a blunt accusation against the nation he sees as an arch-nemesis: "Iran lied," he declared. "Big time." Netanyahu said Israel had obtained a "half ton" of documents proving that Iran had been trying to develop... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader: US Is Nation's 'Number One Enemy'

Khamenei speaks out against Trump's decertification of nuclear deal

(Newser) - After President Trump refused to recertify Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it was a "waste [of] time to respond to the rants and whoppers of the foul-throated president of the United States." But the country's supreme leader had more to... More »

UN: Yes, Iran Is Obeying Nuke Deal

IAEA affirms that Tehran's commitments 'being implemented'

(Newser) - Iran's president asked the United Nations nuclear chief to confirm it still adheres to the nuclear deal with world powers after President Trump refused to re-certify the accord, and al-Jazeera reports that he got his wish. "The IAEA can state that the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under... More »

Ayatollah: No Use Responding to 'Whoppers' of Trump

Iran's leader threatens to 'shred' nuclear pact if US withdraws

(Newser) - If President Trump thinks the Iran nuclear deal should be scrapped, the ayatollah seems happy to oblige. "If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday in a speech to students, per Reuters . He was referring to President Trump'... More »

Trump Won't Recertify Nukes Deal With 'Fanatical' Iran Regime

It's all back in the hands of Congress—for now

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, accusing it of a long list of malign behavior, hitting its main military wing with terrorism sanctions, and refusing to recertify that Iran is adhering to the deal. But breaking with a campaign... More »

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 »

Mattis Contradicts Trump on Iran in Senate Hearing

Says sticking with deal is in America's interest

(Newser) - The deal with Iran that President Trump calls a "disaster" serves the interests of American national security and is "something that the president should consider staying with," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says. Mattis contradicted Trump's position on the deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program after... More »

US: Iran 'in Default of the Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

But Trump administration still gives wary recertification of Iran's compliance

(Newser) - The US, five other countries, and the EU reached a deal with Iran two years ago this month to make sure the latter's "nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful," and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recertified on Monday that Iran was complying with the agreement, as is... 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 »

Execution Puts Sad Coda on Iran's Strange Spy Saga

Returning to see son may have been scientist's fatal move

(Newser) - We may never know the full story of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri—but we know it ended very badly for him. Iran confirmed on Sunday that it had executed the 38-year-old , who disappeared on a 2009 trip to Saudi Arabia, was named as a defector to the US months... More »

Reformists Make Big Gains in Iran Elections

But no political camp is expected to win a majority

(Newser) - Partial results released Sunday indicate that Iranian reformists will win all 30 parliamentary seats contested in the capital, Tehran, handing hard-liners an embarrassing defeat in the first elections held since last year's nuclear deal, which appears to be propelling moderates to their best nationwide electoral showing in more than... More »

Obama Takes Iran Victory Lap: 'Today Is a Good Day'

President heralds Americans' release, nuke deal, rolls out new sanctions

(Newser) - President Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord, holding both up as victories for "smart" diplomacy and his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States. "This is a good day," Obama... More »

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