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U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Says Iran Still Withholding Key Information

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(Reuters). The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran had still not handed over key information to his staff, and his body’s investigation into Tehran’s atomic program could not continue indefinitely.

“Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures,” chief Yukiya Amano told the body’s Board of Governors in Vienna, echoing a report seen by Reuters last month. Read more »

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Former Israeli Ambassador Appointed As Head of Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry

ninnovoa_275Bernardo Greiver was appointed as secretary general of the ministry on Sunday. This move announced by Dr. Tabare Vazequez was to strengthen ties between Uruguay and Israel.

This move is pertinent, considering Uruguay played a large role in helping Israel become a Jewish state. Greiver, who is Jewish, has spoken publicly in recent years in favor of strong ties between Israel and Uruguay.

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Obama To Veto Bill Letting Congress Weigh In On Iran Deal

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(Reuters). President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday.

“The president has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran. If this bill is sent to the president, he will veto it,” said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council. Read more »

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U.S.-Israel Ties Fraying Over Netanyahu Speech, Iran Talks

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(Reuters). As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.

Already there has been some fraying of the usually strong relationship amid the frosty personal ties between the two leaders and a deepening divide over the Iran talks, which Israel fears will allow its arch foe to develop an atom bomb. Read more »

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Report Reveals Iranian Secret Underground Nuclear Facility

Iran NuclearThe National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in a shocking report released Tuesday that it has found concrete evidence of an “underground top-secret site currently used by the Iranian regime for research and development with advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment.”

The report has specific technical descriptions of the nuclear site, satellite photos, and internal photos of the facility that has been in clandestine operation since 2008. Read more »

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U.S., Iran Positive After Nuclear Talks, Say Much Left To Do

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(Reuters). The United States made some progress in talks with Iran on its nuclear program and managed to “sharpen up some of the tough issues”, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, but both sides said much remained to be done.

Negotiators from Iran and six major powers agreed to resume talks next Monday at a venue to be decided, the official said, speaking after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held two-day talks in Geneva. Read more »

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Despite Tensions, Most Americans Still View Israel Favorably

130317_americaDespite the growing tension between Israel and the U.S. due to disagreements about how the Iran’s nuclear program should be confronted, 7 out of 10 Americans still support Israel.

70 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, 62 percent said they sympathize with Israel more than the Palestinians, whereas 17 percent favor Palestinian authority and 16 percent sympathize more with Palestinians altogether.

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High-Level U.S. And Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

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(Reuters). High-level nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran resumed in Geneva on Monday as both sides work through technical and political differences to come up with an initial deal by a March 31 deadline.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as well as U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Iran’s atomic nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi met for a second day following a two-hour meeting on Sunday. Read more »

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Report: Russian Offers Iran Latest Anti-Aircraft Missiles

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(Reuters). Russia has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles, the head of Russian state defense conglomerate Rostec said on Monday according to media reports, after a deal to supply less powerful S-300 missiles was dropped under Western pressure.

Sergei Chemezov said Tehran was now considering the offer, TASS news agency reported. Read more »

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Iran’s Basij Force Returns Stolen Torah Manuscripts to Jewish Community In Shiraz

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Courtesy of FNA

An ancient hand-written Torah that was stolen from a synagogue in Southern Iran was found by Iran’s Basij (volunteer) force and returned two weeks ago to the Jewish community, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported Sunday.

A number of ancient Torah manuscripts were stolen from a synagogue in Shiraz, the capital city of Iran’s Southern Fars province, a few days earlier, the report said.  Read more »

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Kerry And Iran’s Zarif To Try Narrow Gaps In Nuclear Talks

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(Reuters). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif will try to narrow gaps in another round of nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday as they press to meet a March 31 deadline for a political framework agreement.

The talks will be joined for the first time by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who agreed to attend after Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said he would take part. Read more »

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Iran’s Rouhani Sends High-Level Negotiators To Attend Nuclear Talks in Geneva

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(Reuters). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dispatched his brother and atomic chief to Geneva to try to overcome hurdles in high-profile nuclear talks with the United States and five other major powers, official Iranian media reported on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on his way to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif that Washington wanted an agreement by the deadline of June 30. Read more »

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IAEA Report: Iran Has Stopped New Nuclear Centrifuge Testing

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(Reuters). Iran has refrained from expanding tests of more efficient models of a machine used to refine uranium under a nuclear agreement with six world powers, a U.N. report shows, allaying concerns it might be violating the accord.

Tehran’s development of advanced centrifuges is sensitive because, if successful, it could enable it to produce potential nuclear bomb material at a rate several times that of the decades-old version of the machine now in use. Read more »

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U.S., Israeli National Security Advisers Discuss Iran Nuclear Program

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(Reuters). U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice met with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, at the White House on Thursday for a discussion on Iran’s nuclear program, among other issues, the White House said.
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U.S. Accuses Israel Of Inaccurate Leaks On Iran Nuclear Talks

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(Reuters). The United States accused Israel on Wednesday of distorting its position in the Iran nuclear talks through selective leaks, intensifying tensions before a controversial U.S. visit by Israel’s prime minister.

“We see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of information and using them out of context to distort the negotiating position of the United States,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Read more »

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Iran Spokeswoman Says It Concerned By Cyber Security Report

iran surveillance(AP). Iran is concerned by a Russian cybersecurity firm’s report suggesting a new family of malicious programs and worms is infecting computers there and elsewhere in the world, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Without naming the United States as the source of the malware, the report by Kaspersky Lab said one of the programs has elements in common with the so-called Stuxnet worm, which the New York Times and Washington Post have said was developed by the U.S. and Israeli governments to disrupt Iranian nuclear facilities. Read more »

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Argentina Asks U.S. To Include 1994 Bombing In Iran Nuclear Talks

Natanz_nuclear(Reuters). President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers.

In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama’s executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress. Read more »

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Iran Former Vice President Jailed For Corruption

Iran Missile Credit Unknown(AP). Iran’s former first vice president has been taken to jail to serve his prison term for corruption, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, a top aide to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was convicted by Iran’s supreme court last month and sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a 10 billion rial ($300,000) fine. The court also ordered Rahimi to pay compensation equivalent to some $800,000. Read more »

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Khamenei Tells Zarif to ‘Smile, Speak Softly’ to Kerry During Iran Talks

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(AP). Iran’s foreign minister has been told by the country’s supreme leader to control his temper during nuclear talks with Western diplomats, Iranian media reported Saturday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif admitted that he has often raised his voice during meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – sometimes so much their bodyguards would enter the room to make sure everything was all right. Read more »

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Report: Ayatollah Khamenei Sent Obama Secret Letter

Grand Ayatollah Khamenei Iran(Reuters). Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded to overtures from U.S. President Barack Obama amid nuclear talks by sending him a secret letter, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Citing an Iranian diplomat, the paper said the Iranian cleric had written to Obama in recent weeks in response to a presidential letter sent in October. Read more »

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Booker Resists His Pro-Israel Donors in Demanding Sanctions on Iran

cory bookerSen. Cory Booker gained the most money from pro-Israel donors than any other Democratic Candidate, and now they want his support to implement sanctions on Iran.

Though these individuals played a heavy hand in getting him where he is, Booker has so far refused requests to sign onto legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran if negotiations to stop their nuclear program fails.

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Schumer: Toughest Sanctions Needed If Deal Leaves Iran With Nuclear Capabilities

Charles E. SchumerU.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Thursday released a lengthy statement, in which he he called on Congress to implement the most toughest sanctions possible on Iran. He also expressed concern of a possible deal that will leave Iran with nuclear capabilities.

“I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel. One nuclear weapon, hurled from Iran to Israel could end the Jewish state and could kill almost as many Jews as did Hitler,” Schumer warned. Read more »

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Poll: Israelis Dislike Obama, Don’t Trust Him on Iran

Obama_Netanyahu_webIn a survey by the Times of Israel, Israeli votes were tallied on their opinions on President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US-Israel relationship, and Iran’s ability to secure nuclear weapons.

The survey showed Israeli voters have an increasingly negative perception of Obama and little confidence that he will be able to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Read more »

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Obama: Time Has Come For Iran To Decide On Nuclear Deal

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(AP). President Barack Obama said Monday that the time has come for Iran to decide whether to accept a nuclear deal, and he acknowledged “very real differences” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the negotiations.

In a campaign speech, Netanyahu criticized the international negotiations with Iran and portrayed his scheduled address to the U.S. Congress next month as an attempt to describe Israel’s objections. Read more »

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Iran FM: Time Is Ripe For A Nuclear Deal

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(AP). Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday that now is the time to reach a deal with his country on its nuclear program, and pushed for a lifting of sanctions, saying they were “a liability.”

Mohammed Javad Zarif met for about 90 minutes early Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, their second meeting on the sidelines of an international security conference. He has also met with, or planned meetings with, all the other permanent members of the U.N. Security council and Germany, which have been negotiating with Iran.

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