Iran, the United States and the five other countries negotiating the future of the Iranian nuclear program have agreed to a four-month extension of the nuclear talks, giving them more time to try to bridge major differences over Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure, according to a statement released early Saturday in Vienna by the P5+1.
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The conversation between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani was initiated by Tehran and was prompted by concerns over the “sharp escalation of the crisis” since Israel began its land offensive in Gaza, the statement said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a group of Jewish lawmakers that he would raise with President Obama the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Iran as leverage in nuclear talks with Iran, AL-Monitor first reported.
Kerry met Thursday with about a dozen Jewish congressmen to discuss a range of issues, including the situation in Israel and the negotiations with Iran. Lawmakers said Kerry told them the administration is weighing a variable mix of sanctions relief and further “defanging” of Iran’s nuclear program as it works out the details of a possible extension of up to four months.
U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) led a partisan letter to President Obama on Tuesday expressing serious concerns regarding Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
“An Iran with a nuclear weapons capability represents a grave threat to the United States and our allies, and an effective delivery system is a key element of a
(AP). World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between the Islamic republic and the West.
Sunday’s deadline for an agreement could be extended, but that issue is controversial, too. And without an accord on the nuclear talks, the U.S. risks losing opportunities to negotiate with Iran on other pressing regional issues, including sectarian fighting in Syria and Iraq that is threatening to rip apart the Mideast.
(AP). Secretary of State John Kerry will hold in-depth discussions Monday with Iran’s top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement.
The scheduled talks come a day after Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany failed to reach a breakthrough on uranium enrichment and other issues standing in the way of a deal that would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the end of nuclear-related sanctions on Tehran.
“I will commit to everything and anything that would provide credible assurances for the international community that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, because we are not,” Zarif told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ SUnday talk show. “We don’t see any benefit in Iran developing a nuclear weapon.”
(AP). Three European powers and the U.S. have confirmed that their foreign ministers will join Iran nuclear talks this weekend in an effort to advance the stalled negotiations.
But the Itar-Tass news agency reported Friday that their Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, isn’t coming. That could lessen chances of success, because Moscow often acts as a bridge between Washington and Tehran at the talks.
(AP). An Iranian official says some progress is being made at nuclear talks with six world powers ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal, but “substantial differences” remain.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham spoke Wednesday as negotiators worked on a draft agreement meant to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday his country needs to significantly increase its number of centrifuges, not the opposite, ahead of the July 20 deadline of the P5+1 talks in Geneva.
“Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units (SWUs), which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the older type that we already have. Our officials say we need 190,000 centrifuges. Perhaps this is not a need this year or in two years or five years, but this is the country’s absolute need,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his website late on Monday.
In a video posted on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country is ready to take steps to ensure its nuclear program remains peaceful but would not “kneel in submission” to do a deal with major powers.
In the video message posted on YouTube, Zarif added Tehran was committed to resolving a dispute over its nuclear work before a deadline of July 20 but cautioned against seeking last minute concessions from the Islamic Republic at the Vienna talks.
David Keyes, the executive director of the group Advancing Human Rights, is going to attempt to rename the street outside Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York after Majid Tavakoli, an Iranian student leader and political prisoner. Keyes also wants to have the streets outside Iranian missions and ambassador’s residences in Vienna, Geneva, and other European capitals renamed.
Lacking a direct channel with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his advice to the United States in an interview on US TV, discouraging the U.S. administration from working with Iran to mitigate the spreading turmoil in Iraq.
“When your enemies are fighting one another, don’t strengthen either one of them,” Netanyahu said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
President Obama met with congressional leaders on Wednesday, where they discussed the current situation in Iraq. The president told them that he will keep them informed of his what’s going on, but he doesn’t need Congress’ authority to act.
The president invited House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the White House to brief the lawmakers on the turmoil.
Hague said on Tuesday the embassy will reopen once “a range of practical issues” had been resolved. The embassy closed in 2011 after being ransacked by a mob protesting against sanctions.
Hillary Clinton went on a media tour on Tuesday to promote her new memoir ‘Hard CHoices’. First came a CNN town hall, where the former First Lady took questions from CNN International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and a studio audience at the Newseum in Washington.
She was asked a variety of questions, from her time as Secretary of state up until her supposed 2016 run. When asked specifically if she thinks America should get involved militarily in Iraq hand-in-hand with Iran, the former Secretary of State said that now is not the time.
Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, that while deploring the “ungodly horror” of the bloodshed in Iraq, Iran should not be helped to extend its sway in Iraq where fellow Shi’ite Muslims form the majority.
“Iraq has the capacity and necessary preparations for the fight against terrorism and extremism,” Marzieh Afkham, the spokeswoman of Iran’s foreign ministry said on Sunday.
Former vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) blasted President Obama’s “weak and indecisive” foreign policy approach during a wide-ranging national security speech Wednesday morning.
Ryan also called for drone strikes against al Qaeda, a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan in light of the president’s intended withdrawal, and a reversal in defense cuts that he says have seriously weakened America’s fighting forces.
Speaking at the annual Herzliya Conference, Amidror said that while the United States remains Israel’s irreplaceable ally, when it comes to facing the threats of a nuclear Iran, and armed Hezbollah and a volatile Middle East region, Israel will stand “more or less alone.”