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Top Dems to Obama: Congress Must Be Included Now in Iran Nuke Talks

Engel PodiumIn an effort to secure a bigger role in the West’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, key Democrats have started to openly criticize the Obama administration for its plans to push off an immediate vote on a deal intended to stem Tehran’s ongoing nuclear program.

“I disagree with the administration’s reported assertion that it does not need to come to Congress at this point during negotiations with Iran,” asserted Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s leading Democrat, on Tuesday.

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Report: US Allowing Iran to Operate Thousands More Nuclear Centrifuges Than Previous Limit

Iran NuclearA report on Monday revealed that the United States may have flip-flopped on its demand that the rogue regime of Iran operate absolutely no more than 1,300 centrifuges in its nuclear power plants. Instead, the U.S. apparently offered the Islamic Republic the leeway to operate the much higher number of 4,000 centrifuges, in an attempt to present a more agreeable deal in ongoing nuclear negotiations. Read more »

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Rouhani Pledges To Back Iraq In Fights Against ISIS

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(AP). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighboring country’s fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group.

Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi that Iran “will remain on the path until the last day,” according to a report by the official IRNA news agency. Read more »

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UN: Uncertain If All Iranian Nuke Work Is Peaceful

Iran Nuclear(AP). The head of the U.N. nuclear agency is sounding a note of caution about Iran’s claims that it is not interested in nuclear arms, saying he cannot guarantee that all the country’s atomic activities are civilian in nature.

Though not new, Yukiya Amano’s comments Monday are significant amid a renewed deadlock in the 12-year probe by his International Atomic Agency of suspected nuclear weapons work by Iran. Read more »

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Iran To US: Toppling Assad ‘Would Endanger Israel’

Assad Pointing(AP). Iran has reportedly warned the US that ousting Syrian leader Bashar Assad in the guise of battling the Islamic State would endanger Israel.

The report in the Iranian media came as a senior Iranian official confirmed that his country and the US had exchanged messages over the fight against the militant group. Read more »

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Pressure Rising On Kerry In Nuclear Talks With Iran

Kerry Speech(AP). With a late-November deadline approaching, America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state.

The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash. Read more »

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Large Explosion At Iran Nuclear Site Kills Nuclear Expert

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A fire and explosion at a military explosives facility near the Iranian capital Tehran has left at least two people dead, local media reported.

The Iranian Students News Agency (Isna) said the fire was in an “explosive materials production unit”. Read more »

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Conference on ‘Zionist Control of The US’ Gets Underway in Iran

Rouhani - IranA group of American and European anti-war activists and conspiracy theorists have convened a conference in Iran for the purpose of addressing the alleged Zionist control of the United States, according to Iranian press reports and the ADL (Anti-Defamation League). The extremist event features such noted agitators as conspiracy journalist and 9/11 truther Wayne Madsen, journalist and former Cambodian genocide denier Gareth Porter, Code Pink head Medea Benjamin, , and Iranian PressTV contributor Kevin Barrett.

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Former President Carter: I Chose Not to Destroy Iran to End ’79 Hostage Crisis

CarterFormer United States President Jimmy Carter said in an interview that is being broadcast Wednesday that he could have won reelection in 1980 if he had come across more “strong” and “manly” by taking concerted military action against Iran. “I could’ve been reelected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and manly and so forth,” he stated on CNBC. Read more »

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State Department Response to Netanyahu UN Warning: ‘US Won’t Be Fooled By Iran’s Charm Offensive’

bibi diagramA spokesperson for the State Department offered a reassurance on Tuesday that the United States will not be fooled by what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derided as Iran’s “manipulative charm offensive” regarding the Islamic regime’s intentions toward the West.

“I can assure anyone that an agreement reached would not be based on a charm offensive or how that impacts us, but on the facts and the details,” Jen Psaki decisively stated at a news conference. “And we’re not going to agree to a comprehensive agreement that doesn’t meet our standards and meet our threshold.”

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Iran’s Rouhani: Hamas and Hezbollah Are Not Terrorist Groups

Rouhan iranIranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed Friday with a straight face Friday that Hamas and Hezbollah are not terrorist groups but legitimate elected regimes.

During an hour-long press conference at the One U.N. New York hotel on Friday, Rouhani deniably argued that Iran was not not aiding terrorist groups, despite the fact that both Hamas and Hezbollah, who are aided by Tehran, are listed as terrorist groups by the US and the EU. Read more »

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Experts: Iran Facing Major Political Crisis as Khamenei’s Health Deteriorates

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Iran appears to be on the verge of having to go through a major political crisis as members of the regime position themselves for power, given the almost certain imminent termination of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s 25-year reign as absolute head of the pivotal Middle East country.

Khamenei, who ascended to power as Iran’s second supreme leader in 1989, was hospitalized last week to undergo prostate surgery. Read more »

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Iran’s Top Prosecutor Gives Gov’t 30 Days To Block Whatsapp, Social Apps

WhatsAppGholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, Iran’s top prosecutor and first deputy of the judiciary, wrote an open letter to Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi on Sept. 20 giving him a one-month deadline to shut down WhatsApp, Viber and Tango.

“In the last few weeks, criminal content was published and crimes were committed against Islamic modesty and morals and widespread offensive content was published against the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini,” Mohseni-Ejei wrote, according to a translation by Al-Monitor.

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Netanyahu Warns Against Easing Sanctions On Iran

Gathering Of World Leaders At U.N. General Assembly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the West against easing sanctions on Iran to win its support in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Netanyahu said “respected commentators in the West” were counseling a softer approach on Iran to enlist Tehran in an alliance against Islamic State militants.

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US Secretary of State Kerry Meets Iran’s Zarif

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(AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif, saying Washington was intent on advancing negotiations focused on reducing Iran’s atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions.

The talks have been stalled for months over Iran’s opposition to sharply reducing the size and output of centrifuges that can enrich uranium both to levels needed for reactor fuel or the core of nuclear warheads. Iran says its enrichment program is only for peaceful purposes, but Washington fears it could be used to make a bomb. Iran says any deal must put an end to the sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. Read more »

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Two Iranians Arrested In Kenya With Forged Israeli Passports

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(AP). A Kenyan official says two Iranians carrying forged Israeli passports have been arrested in Nairobi.

The man and woman were taken into custody Friday as they were about to board a flight out of the country, a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the press.

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US: Israel Will Make Own Judgment on Iran Nuke Talks

bibi bombIsrael will make its own judgment about the outcome of talks between Iran and world powers regarding its nuclear program, a senior United States official said on Thursday, expressing cautious optimism following two days of bilateral talks with Tehran.

According to the official, US officials traveled to New York feeling “not optimistic” over the potential for progress with Iran, adding that now it is “clear that everyone has come here to go to work.” He said further that President Obama is committed to a nuclear accord that ensures Israel’s security, acknowledging the Israeli government’s criticism of the progress at this point.

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Ambassador Dermer: ISIS Threat Is An Opportunity For Israel On Iran, Peace Process

ron dermerIsrael’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer said Wednesday evening that the insurgence of ISIS in the Middle East gives Israel an opportunity to engage with the moderate Arab world and could help garner support among the International community to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons in a more serious manner than in the past.

In a speech to a bipartisan group of guests at a Rosh Hashanah reception at the Ambassador’s DC residence, Dermer remarked that because of the savagery of ISIS, “there is a growing understanding today of the threats posed by militant Islam.” Read more »

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Kerry Refuses To Deny Outreach To Iran Over ISIS

Kerry SpeechUS Secretary of State John Kerry refused to be drawn into a “back and forth” with Iran on Monday following Tehran’s Supreme leader boasting he had rebuffed a US request to coordinate in fight against ISIS.

Speaking to reporters at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris after an international conference on Iraq attended by 26 countries, Kerry said,  “I’m not going to get into a back and forth (with Iran). I don’t want to do that. I don’t think that is constructive, frankly.” Read more »

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Iran: UN Should Condemn Israel For ‘Aggression’ With Drone Launch

Iran has urged the United Nations atomic agency to condemn an “act of aggression” by Israel for allegedly sending out a drone last month to conduct a spying mission on a site that is situated at the center of the Islamic regime’s decade-old nuclear standoff with the West.

The Iranian move takes place just ahead of a meeting next week of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, at which Tehran will likely be hit with criticism from Israel and the West for failing to address IAEA concerns about its suspected research into atomic bomb production. 
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Syria, Iran Slam US Strategy In Fighting ISIS

Obama ISIS speech(AP). Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group while a state-run Syrian daily warned that unauthorized U.S. airstrikes on Syrian territory may trigger the “first sparks of fire” in the region.

Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group, meanwhile, welcomed President Barack Obama’s authorization of U.S. airstrikes targeting — for the first time — the extremists inside Syria, saying it stands “ready and willing” to partner with the international community to defeat the militants.
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US Reassures Israel Through Opposition Leader: ‘We’ll Act Against Iran’s Nuclear Program As Well’

herzogSenior White House officials informed Israeli Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog on Tuesday that “there will be no compromise on the Iranian nuclear matter.” Herzog responded by telling White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken that he appreciated “the American position, which understands that one threat does not cancel out the other.”

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Iran’s Supreme Leader: ‘Our New World Order Will Replace US Leadership’

Grand Ayatollah Khamenei IranIran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that the “new world order is emerging” and that “Iran will have a strong role in creating” it, according to a Farsi language transcript of his comments last week to the country’s Assembly of Experts.

Iran will lead this “new world order” that will supplant American influence as capitalism and Western influence collapses, the Iranian leader maintained.

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Kissinger: Iran Is A Bigger Threat Than ISIS

Henry KissingerFormer U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called Iran a much “bigger problem” than the Islamic State group, known as ISIS, since a confrontation with Iran is less manageable.

In an interview on Saturday with National Public Radio (NPR), Kissinger said that “ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can become a strategic, permanent reality.” Read more »

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US Commercial Plane Lands In Iran Amid Mix-Up

(AP). U.S. officials say a commercial aircraft chartered by the U.S.-led military in Afghanistan was re-routed to Iran, apparently because of a mix-up over its flight plan.

The plane was flying from Bagram airfield north of Kabul to Dubai on Friday. The normal flight path goes through Iranian airspace. Read more »

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