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US Delays Release Of Study On 1953 Iran Coup

iran coup(AP). The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic.

The decision was made at a September meeting of the department’s advisory committee on historical diplomatic documentation and recorded in minutes released this week. The foreign relations records aren’t supposed to be suppressed for longer than three decades. Read more »

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Iran Condemns Australia Hostage-Taking By Radical Iranian Cleric

sydney siegeThe Iranian government on Monday notably condemned Sunday’s ultimately fatal hostage-taking in Australia by an Iranian-born gunman, declaring it to be an act foreign to Islam.

“Undertaking such inhuman acts and provoking fear and panic in the name of merciful Islam is not in any way justifiable,” Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham stated.

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Former Ambassador Oren Slams US Attitude to Israel, Decries Iran Nuke Threat

Throughout his four-year tenure as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren never wavered from the dignified, thoughtful and tactful behavior of a diplomat. But in his new life as a college lecturer in Israel and the author of a forthcoming book about his time in Washington, Oren has shifted gears, and he now openly speaks about his abiding concerns over Israel’s standing in the world, in particular its relationship with its most important ally, the United States.

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UN’s IAEA Rejects Iran Offer To Visit Alternate Nuclear Site

Iran Nuclear(AP). The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday turned down an offer by Iran to visit a site, saying access to it would not help advance its probe of suspicions Tehran worked on atomic arms.

Iran has said since 2012 that experts of the U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency are free to visit Marivan, an area near the Iraqi border that the agency originally suspected might have been the location of high-explosive experiments linked to setting off a nuclear charge. Read more »

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Iran Mounts Anti-Israel Hate Campaign on Social Media

iran social media campaign against IsraelIran’s leadership has launched a social media campaign encouraging people to express their hatred toward Israel, the World Jewish Congress alerted.

The ‘We Love Fighting Israel’ received praise from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, who recently called on his people to unite in the fight against the ‘Zionist regime’. The campaign encourages Iranian children, teenagers and other internet users to photograph themselves alongside messages of hate for the Jewish state and post them on popular social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. Read more »

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Bipartisan Congress Members Urge US to Sanction Hamas, Terror Funders

HamasA Congressional resolution co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) that condemns the deployment of civilians as human shields by the terrorist organization Hamas unanimously passed the Senate Tuesday.

“The Senate has sent a united signal that we denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense,” stated Sen. Cruz. “Even though Republicans and Democrats may be divided on many issues, there should be no daylight between us when it comes to standing up to radical Islamic terrorists including Hamas.”

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Catsimatidis: Obama’s Negative Stance Could Stymie Defensive Israeli Actions

catsimatidisJohn Catsimatidis, a leading New York businessman and former candidate for the city’s mayoralty, has called on the United States to take on a more active role in helping to tamp down the economic tensions between the various countries in the Middle East as well as Russia.

Catsimatidis also touched on the increasingly negative position of the Obama administration toward Israel, noting that in such a tense personal atmosphere, Israel may feel unable to launch attacks for defensive purposes, as it would fear a lack of American support and backing for those types of actions.

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Iran: ‘US is Lying, We Made No New Concessions in Nuke Talks’

Iran foreign ministerLeading Iranian officials asserted this past weekend that the Obama administration is misleading members of Congress and the public about concessions supposedly made by Iran in the latest round of nuclear negotiations. Their statement renewed a year-old debate about the administration’s transparency regarding the tenuous talks. Read more »

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Dismay: US Evidence Reveals Iran Attempts to Buy Equipment For Nuke Reactor

Iran NuclearIn a dramatic development in the ongoing effort by Western powers to stem the advancing Iranian nuclear program, the United States has obtained evidence that Tehran is attempting to purchase new equipment for one of its nuclear facilities. But the White House has remained unwilling to make any public comment about it.

According to the U.S., Iran has been shopping around internationally to acquire components for a heavy-water reactor at the Arak nuclear complex that American officials suspect could be used in the production of nuclear weapons-grade plutonium.

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White House Escalates Push Against Congressional Iran Sanctions

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The White House is escalating its campaign to prevent new congressional sanctions on Iran after diplomatic discussions over Tehran’s nuclear program were again extended in November, for a fairly lengthy period of seven months.

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Sunday that the negotiation process could be concluded in half that time, contending to American and Israeli leaders at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum on U.S.-Israeli relations that negotiators could achieve a final nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic within four months.

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Israel Security Chief: Extended Talks Helping Iran Advance Nuclear Program

yossi cohen nsaThe day after Vice President Joe Biden insisted in an emphatically pro-Israel speech that the Joint Action Plan with Iran has significantly slowed down Iran’s nuclear progress for the small exchange of sanctions relief, Israeli National Security Council head Yossi Cohen informed the cabinet on Sunday that Iran was still fully continuing its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Read more »

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At Saban Forum, Kerry Cites Progress In Iran Talks; Netanyahu Attributes Israeli Objections To Talks Extension

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(AP). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday an extension of nuclear talks with Iran should be used to further increase pressure on the country to give up its atomic weapons ambitions and capabilities. His comments came as Secretary of State John Kerry cited movement in the negotiations and urged patience while vowing that the process would not continue without “tangible progress.” Read more »

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Netanyahu Urges US To Increase Pressure On Iran During Talks Extension

netanyahu elections(AP). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an extension of nuclear talks with Iran should be used to increase pressure on Iran to give up its atomic weapons ambitions and capabilities.

Netanyahu says it’s fortunate that international negotiators did not meet last month’s deadline for a deal because he says any agreement reached then “would have effectively left Iran as a threshold nuclear power.” Read more »

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US Officials List Iran’s Concessions In Nuclear Talks

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(AP). The Obama administration is telling members of Congress it has won significant concessions from Iran for extending nuclear talks, including promises by the Islamic republic to allow snap inspections of its facilities and to neutralize much of its remaining uranium stockpile.

Those terms are included in a document that U.S. officials say represents the terms for a seven-month extension in nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran, agreed to when the last deadline of Nov. 24 passed without an accord. Read more »

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Senator-Elect Cotton to Congress: Arm Israel For Iran Nuke Strike

Fighter JetsSenator-elect Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) urged Congress to take a “serious look” at providing Israel with surplus B-52 bomber planes and bunker buster super bombs that could be used in a potential military strike on Iran’s clandestine nuclear sites.

The incoming Republican senator said that as the Obama administration pursues diplomacy with Iran against the backdrop of another extension in the protracted nuclear negotiations, Congress should be increasing pressure on Tehran and weighing the “credible use of force,” a policy that would include arming Israel with the advanced technology required to effectively hit Iran’s nuclear sites.

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Pentagon: Iran Launches Airstrikes In Iraq Against ISIS

Iran-jet(AP). Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

Washington and Tehran are locked in tough negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. But the two adversaries have been fighting parallel campaigns on the same side in Iraq to defend the Shiite-dominated government — and the region’s Kurds — from IS militants who seized a large section of the country. Read more »

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GOP Darling Rand Paul Stands With Obama, Kerry On Iran

Rand PaulKentucky Sen. Rand Paul defended his libertarian-leaning philosophy on foreign policy and national security during an interview on Tuesday with the editor of The Wall Street Journal’s hawkish editorial page.

The likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination was interviewed by Paul Gigot at the newspaper’s CEO Council, an annual gathering of influential business leaders, some of whom are regular donors to political campaigns. The discussion covered an array of foreign policy issues, including congressional authorization for military force, National Security Agency surveillance programs and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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Dem Operative Carville: Iran Nuke Deal Would Be Political ‘Game-Changer’

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In an op-ed article for The Hill, Democratic media commentator James Carville – who served as lead presidential campaign strategist for Bill Clinton – contends that a potential nuclear accord between Western powers and Iran would be a real “game-changer” for American politics.

According to Carville, political conservatives will be vehemently opposed to any deal that claims to have curtailed the threat posed by an Iranian regime allowed to maintain nuclear power.

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Iran Dismisses UN Probe of Alleged Work On Nukes

Iran Nuclear(AP). Iran says that the UN atomic agency is out of line in pushing for new information on allegations that the country worked on nuclear weapons, and appears to serve notice that it will not cooperate with such an investigation.

The probe is separate from newly extended talks between Iran and six world powers meant to reduce Iran’s technical capacity to make nuclear weapons by reconfiguring what it says are purely civilian projects. Read more »

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Iran Counters Nuke Talks With Display of Powerful New Weapons

Iran Missile Credit UnknownIn a new demonstration of its military prowess, Iran unveiled on Monday a slew of new missiles, torpedoes, and warships, only a week after nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the West fell apart with little progress between the sides.

Iranian military leaders broadly publicized the new military hardware after an order from Supreme Leader Ali Khamanei calling on the country’s armed forces to raise the level of their combat readiness, in spite of an extension in nuclear talks with the West.

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Iran Agrees to Downgrade Bomb-Making Potential Under Extension Agreement

Iran foreign ministerIran has agreed to convert more of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel under an interim nuclear deal with six world powers, a process that will render the material less suitable for building atomic bombs, a diplomatic source revealed on Monday in a conversation with Reuters.

The new concession comes following the failure of Iran and the world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia – to meet a Nov. 24 deadline for resolving their serious concerns about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The parties extended the deadline to the end of June, allowing for continued negotiations until then.

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Veteran US Diplomat Ross: Iran May Be Unable to Make Final Nuke Deal

Dennis RossIran’s stubborn refusal to alter its positions during recent rounds of talks over its progressing nuclear program indicates Tehran’s negotiators may be incapable of finalizing a comprehensive agreement, veteran United States diplomat Dennis Ross posited on Tuesday.

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Ayatollah Khamenei Says He’s Not Opposed To Continued Nuclear Talks

Grand Ayatollah Khamenei Iran(AP). Iran’s top leader is saying he won’t stand in the way of continued nuclear negotiations with world powers.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke Thursday on Iranian state television, saying “I am not opposed to the extension of the talks, for the same reason that I wasn’t opposed to the talks per se.” Read more »

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2015 Congress Likely to Thwart Obama & Impose Tough Iran Sanctions

mitchmcconnellCongressional pressure to place tough new sanctions on Iran has built up to the point where even a presidential veto probably won’t block such a move, as talks on curbing its nuclear program are extended for yet another lengthy period.

A bipartisan group of legislators, apprehensive that Tehran is stretching out the negotiations so that it can gain time to advance its efforts to build a nuclear weapon, plans to move legislation leveling new sanctions after Congress comes back to work in January from its holiday recess. Read more »

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Iran’s Jews Say They’ve Found Greater Acceptance Under Rouhani

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(AP). More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic — until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3,000 years, has the Middle East’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel, a perennial foe of the country. But while Iran’s Jews in recent years had their faith continually criticized by the country’s previous governments, they’ve found new acceptance under moderate President Hassan Rouhani. Read more »

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