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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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Congressional Leaders to Push For New Iran Sanctions As Talks Extended

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Courtesy of Vice

In the immediate aftermath of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that negotiations between Iran and the West to reach a nuclear accord ended in failure, congressional leaders are planning to take their own action against Iran in a legislative effort to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons.

According to Kerry, talks between the United States and Iran will start again as early as December and continue through July 2015 as the sides seek to overcome the seemingly impossible hurdle stemming from Tehran’s demands that it be allowed to retain the most controversial aspects of its nuclear activity.

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Poll: 69% of Americans Support Netanyahu’s Terms On Iran Deal

bibi bombAs many as 69% of Americans are opposed to a possible deal with Iran that would allow the ayatollahs to maintain nuclear weapons capabilities, in contrast to the Obama administration’s view of prevention, according to a new survey by American political strategist Frank Luntz, The Times of Israel exclusively reported.

The survey conducted by Luntz on behalf of The Israel Project and Stand With Us were completed on Sunday, and shared with Times of Israel a day after US-led talks with Iran were extended until July,1, 2015.  Read more »

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AIPAC, GOP Leaders Calls for More Sanctions on Iran in Light of Extensions

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Nuclear negotiators failed to reach an agreement on Iran’s Nuclear programs on Monday, and talks have been extended until July 2015, but AIPAC says that in the meantime Congress needs to pass new sanctions on the Iranian regime.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said that it believes “that tough pressure brought Iran to the negotiations and that the threat of additional pressure will strengthen America’s bargaining position.” Read more »

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Top Iran Commander: We Can’t Trust ‘Arrogant’ United States

Iran Rouhani Ali YounesiA high-ranking Iranian military commander has condemned what he asserts are cruelties and animosities perpetrated by the United States on Iran, and he declared that Tehran is unable to trust Washington.

“Most of the Muslim world’s problems are the result of the arrogant and expansionist performance of the hegemonic powers, headed by the US,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri stated in Tehran on Monday, according to FARS news. Read more »

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Netanyahu On Iran Talks Extension: ‘No Deal Is Better Than A Bad Deal’

netanyahu bbcIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday welcomed the P5+1 announcement that the talks with Iran over its nuclear program was extended for another 7 months.

“No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with the ability to enrich uranium for an atom bomb while removing the sanctions,” Netanyahu told the BBC, words he repeated at the start of the Likud faction meeting at the Knesset Monday afternoon. Read more »

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BREAKING: Iran Talks Extended Until July 2015

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(AP). Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran’s atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said.

Under the terms of limited agreements reached after a frenetic six days of talks in Vienna, a political accord is to be completed by March 1, with final details contained in annexes to be sealed by July 1, the diplomats said. Read more »

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Source: Iran Talks To Resume In December

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(AP). The U.S. and Iran are making last-minute progress at nuclear talks but will need to extend negotiations to next month, Western diplomats said Monday.

Their comments matched earlier word that negotiations had now turned two-track, with the sides still racing to reduce differences at the negotiating table but also working on how long to extend the talks beyond the Monday midnight deadline. Read more »

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Hezbollah Claims To Have Iranian Missiles That Could Target Southern Israel

IAF barak 8 missile launcher(Israel Hayom/JNS). Iran said it has given the Hezbollah terror group—which is based in Lebanon, Israel’s northern neighbor—hundreds of missiles with 160-220 mile ranges, making them capable of hitting the southern Israeli city of Dimona.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Force Brig. Gen. Seyed Majid Moussavi said the missiles, called Fateh missiles, fly at a speed of 2,800 miles per hour and carry an 1,100 pound warhead. Read more »

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Kerry Asks Zarif To Consider Extending Iran Talks Past Monday Deadline

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(AP). The U.S. has told Iran it’s time to consider extending nuclear talks past their deadline, a senior American official said Sunday.

The move marks the first formal recognition by Washington that a deal won’t be reached by the target date of midnight Monday, creating the need for additional talks. Read more »

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Netanyahu Warns U.S. Not To Make ‘Historic Mistake’ In Bad Deal With Iran

obama-netanyahuOn the eve of Monday’s deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and the world powers on Sunday not to push for any deal that could potentially allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon.

“If, for any reason, the United States and the other powers agree to leave Iran with that capacity to break out, I think that would be a historic mistake,” Netanyahu said on ABC’s “This Week.” Read more »

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Iranian Official: Iran Talks May Shift Focus On General Agreement With Extension

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(AP). With a deadline approaching for a nuclear deal, an Iranian official said Sunday that the discussion may soon have to shift from trying to reach an agreement to extending negotiations past the target date.

The official, a member of the Iranian delegation in Vienna, said the tipping point could come Sunday night, with Iran and six world powers deciding that their differences are too big to meet the Monday deadline, and switching to extension mode. Read more »

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Report: Israel Weighs Action Against Iran In Fear Of Bad Deal

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Israel is once agains mulling military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities as the P5+1 inch toward a Nov. 24 deadline to strike a comprehensive deal with Iran, sources within Israel’s government told the Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

Even though the deal would likely restrict Iran’s nuclear program for ten years, and cap its ability to weaponize fissile material to at least nine months, Israel appears unwilling to take the risk, the officials said. Read more »

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Kerry Phones Netanyahu, Says ‘Serious Gaps’ Still Remain In Talks With Iran

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(AP). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning of “serious gaps” in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, and if major differences persist the possibility of extending past Monday’s deadline is seeming more likely.

Discussions on going past that deadline have not begun between Iran and the U.S. — the lead players in negotiations that formally group six world powers on one side of the negotiating table and the Islamic Republic on the other. Read more »

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AIPAC Awaiting New GOP Congress Before Weighing In on Deadline-Driven Iran Nuke Talks

obama aipacAs the United States and other nations negotiate until the last minute to reach a nuclear accord with Iran, the primary pro-Israel lobby in Washington has been surprisingly quiet on the issue. Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to finalize a deal at talks in Austria that would remove strict international sanctions on Iran in return for limits to its nuclear program, aimed at preventing it from developing an atomic bomb.

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Kerry Pulls Back From Iran Talks In Vienna Four Days Before Deadline

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(AP). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving Iran’s foreign minister to ponder an apparent new proposal from Washington meant to bridge differences standing in the way of a deal with less than four days to deadline.

Iranian officials and media initially said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was also departing Friday, to Tehran to consult after meeting with Kerry earlier in the day. Read more »

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Reps Royce, Engel Urge US Negotiators To Follow Through Tough Terms On Iran Deal

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) on Thursday urged US negotiators to floow through with the tough terms that were set by Congress and Israel as they seek to to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by November 24th.

‘We continue to urge U.S. negotiators to take into account testimony given at a dozen hearings before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this Congress. Among the challenges negotiators face: contending with the thousands of centrifuges (the key bomb-making technology) that Iran is seeking to maintain intact; establishing an effective verification regime; and understanding and addressing the ‘possible military dimensions’ of Iran’s nuclear program,” Royce and Engel said in a join statement.  Read more »

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Alarming Report: Iran Lied About Suspension of Nuclear Weapons Program

Iran NuclearA new report is claiming that Iran never suspended its clandestine nuclear weapons program despite repeated assurances to the contrary to the West. As the Nov. 24 deadline for nuclear negotiations between the West and Iran looms just several days away, the report presents evidence that Iran continues to “vigorously” pursue a nuclear weapon.

The detailed analysis, authored by leading former American and European officials, backs up research conducted by the United Nations indicating that Iran continues to cover up a great deal of its nuclear activity.

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Kerry To Join Iran Nuclear Talks In Vienna

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(AP). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna later Thursday to join high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran as a deadline for an agreement fast approaches.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would be going to the Austrian capital from Paris to “check in” on the talks. It was not yet determined how long he would stay in Vienna, leaving open the possibility that he might not remain until Monday’s deadline for a deal. Read more »

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Kerry in Diplomatic Overdrive on Iran Nuclear Deal

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(AP) — With a deadline for Iranian nuclear deal fast approaching, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has embarked on a frenzy of high-stakes diplomacy in a last-minute push to secure an agreement — or at least prevent the process from collapsing.

As senior negotiators huddled for a second day in Vienna in the latest round of talks, Kerry held separate meetings in London and was to travel to Paris on Thursday for further discussions before deciding whether or when to join the larger effort in the Austrian capital to forge a pact that would prevent the Islamic republic from reaching the capability to produce atomic weapons. Read more »

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UN Human Rights Committee Demands Iran to Stop Executions

Rouhani iranIn light of recent reports that a United Nation’s investigator expressed shock over Iran’s human right’s situation, which has recently worsened, the UN General Assembly human rights committee approved a resolution expressing deep concern over the “alarmingly high frequency” of the use of the death penalty.

The vote passed on Tuesday with 78 yes votes from member countries, with 35 voting no and 69 abstaining. Read more »

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A Week Before Deadline: Are We Close To A Nuclear Deal With Iran?

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(AP). Iran and six world powers are closer than ever to a deal that would crimp Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms — a status that would lead to an end to sanctions on the Islamic republic and ease tensions that could boil over into a new Middle East war.

The bad news? Substantial differences remain. A deal by the Nov. 24 target date is unlikely. Both sides may be willing to extend. But that could strengthen opposition in U.S. Congress, triggering a backlash by Iranian hardliners and culminating in the breakup of further negotiations. Read more »

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