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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and Congress clashed Tuesday over the historic nuclear deal with Iran, exposing deep rifts over a U.S. pledge to refrain from any new sanctions over the next six months in exchange for concessions on enriching uranium. The disagreement could have broad consequences for the U.S. diplomatic effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 9:54 pm
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) – Senior Iranian officials indicated on Tuesday that progress was being achieved in expert-level talks between Tehran and six world powers over the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal. The goal is to work out details on implementing the November 24 interim accord under which Iran will curb its disputed nuclear program in return for some easing of sanctions that have battered its oil-dependent economy. "The discussions are very smooth," Hamid Baeedinejad, head of the Iranian delegation, said after the second day of talks. "We have made our views known to each other with regard to the implementation aspects of each and every measure.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 9:29 pm
Experts from Iran, world powers and the UN atomic watchdog discussing how to implement November's nuclear deal are set to fall short of agreeing a start date for Tehran's six-month nuclear freeze, diplomats said. The meeting between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, Germany — the so-called P5+1 — was making progress however, they said after two days of talks that were set to continue on Wednesday. "It's certainly going well in terms of that the talks are lengthy and that they are constructive discussions," one Western envoy involved in the meeting in Vienna told AFP on condition of anonymity. He and a second participant said however that it was unlikely to result in an announcement of when Iran will start its promised six-month freeze of parts of its nuclear programme, as agreed in a deal in Geneva on November 24.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 9:25 pm
By David Alexander AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefed Qatari leaders on Tuesday about the effort to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, and he underscored U.S. support for Syria's moderate opposition. Hagel met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad and Defense Minister Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah on the last day of a visit to the region to reassure Gulf Arab allies of continuing U.S. support, despite disagreements over Washington's policy toward Syria and its diplomatic overtures to Iran. Hagel and al-Attiyah signed a 10-year Defense Cooperation Agreement that governs interaction between U.S. and Qatari forces and enables the continued assignment of American troops to installations in the area, including the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 7:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Congress must hold off on imposing new sanctions against Iran or risk endangering a "delicate" diplomatic effort to roll back Tehran's nuclear program.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 7:04 pm
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah opened an annual summit of wealthy Gulf states on Tuesday with a call for an end to the "human catastrophe" in Syria. Sheikh Sabah, who gave a share of the spotlight at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit to the head of Syria's main opposition bloc, also condemned the United Nations for failing to halt the 33-month conflict. "The human catastrophe is still ongoing in Syria which calls on us to double efforts and work with the international community, especially the UN Security Council which has remained unable to put an end to this human tragedy," said the emir.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 6:51 pm
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — The U.S. air operations center in Qatar has long been a hub where combat sorties into Iraq and Afghanistan were tracked and international forces kept watch over hotspots in the Persian Gulf and western Mediterranean Sea. But for years it's kept a low profile in a region sometimes reluctant to advertise its significant U.S. military presence.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 6:09 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says its news services have been disrupted by a cyberattack for the second time in two months.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 6:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present his best case to Congress against plowing ahead with new economic sanctions on Iran that could break a historic nuclear agreement and estrange America's closest allies in Europe as well as China and Russia.
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 5:20 pm
Iran on Tuesday dismissed an offer from Israel's president to meet his Iranian counterpart as a propaganda ploy to ease Israeli isolation over a nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers. "This propaganda to help the regime out of isolation will prove fruitless," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told reporters. She said President Shimon Peres's offer was aimed at helping Iran's arch-foe Israel out of its isolation after its outspoken opposition to the nuclear deal clinched last month in Geneva. Asked on Sunday about a possible meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Peres said: "Why not?
Posted on 10 December 2013 | 3:48 pm
Iran – Google News
Is Iran set to lash out at Saudi Arabia?
Editor's note: David Schenker is director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The views expressed are his own. The November 19 double-suicide bombings of the Iranian embassy in Beirut may have looked …
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Analysis: A stronger Iran, a weaker America and a region teetering on the brinkJerusalem Post
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Posted on 11 December 2013 | 2:50 am
Christian Science Monitor
Kerry tells Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions for now
Washington (CNN) — He doesn't trust Iran, vows it won't get nuclear weapons, and thinks past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel. So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting time to try to negotiate an …
Kerry pushes for support for Iran dealMSNBC
Iran sees progress in talks with powers on nuclear deal implementationReuters
Analysis: Iran's warning to CongressJerusalem Post
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 11:19 pm
GCC states hope Iran deal will end tension
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has welcomed the preliminary landmark deal between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China and Germany), further depicting that a fresh leaf is turned over in the relationship between …
Experts: Iran-GCC Rapprochement Remains ElusiveVoice of America
Gulf States fear losing power after Iran dealDeutsche Welle
Iran pushes for Saudi isolation in the Gulf amid military buildup in HormuzDEBKA file
The Nation -Indian Express
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 7:49 pm
Voice of America
Turkey Seeks Increased Trade with Iran
Voice of America
ISTANBUL — Iran's recent agreement with world powers to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for a possible easing of sanctions has spurred hopes in Ankara of a major trade and finance opportunity. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu …
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 7:40 pm
Washington Post (blog)
Congress in revolt on Iran deal
Washington Post (blog)
With the blistering New York Times editorial condemning sanctions efforts underway in Congress (“a breakthrough agreement at risk” falsely implies there is a U.S. -Iran agreement on key points), you know the administration is nervous, very nervous. It …
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 7:17 pm
The Daily Star
Iran: Guards Chief Criticizes Foreign Minister
The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards rebuked the country's foreign minister Tuesday over comments he made about the military's ability to withstand a potential American attack. The criticism against Foreign Minister Javad Zarif appeared to …
Iran foreign minister defends himself against hardline 'slander'Reuters UK
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 6:55 pm
#BBCtrending: Fernanda Lima and the dress that shocked Iran
A dress worn by Brazilian model and actress Fernanda Lima at the World Cup draw has led to her being singled out by Iranians on social media. Some in Iran said she should cover up – even "wear a hijab" – but many others have rallied to defend her.
Iran Demands World Cup Model Wear a HijabFrontPage Magazine
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 2:00 pm
Afghanistan agrees on regional security pact with Iran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai (L) listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony at Tehran's Saadabad Palace on December 8, 2013. (AFP Photo / Behrouz Mehri). Tags. Army, Meeting, NATO …
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Posted on 10 December 2013 | 11:06 am
Slate Magazine (blog)
Iran's charm offensive belies mounting body count from executions at home
The new, moderate face Iran is showing the world belies a sinister spike in executions in the country, with hundreds killed for such crimes as “waging war against God,” according to a human rights group. At least 529 people have been put to death in …
Iran's Moderate Government Not as Moderate for IraniansSlate Magazine (blog)
Report: Iran Has Executed 529 People in 2013Washington Free Beacon
EU Parliament to visit Iran without preconditionsUPI.com
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Posted on 9 December 2013 | 9:31 pm
Poll: Obama, Iran face selling job on nuclear pact
WASHINGTON — The White House and Iran face an uphill selling job to convince Americans to embrace the interim nuclear pact negotiated with Tehran last month, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds. In the survey, taken Tuesday through Sunday …
Kerry tries to allay congressional fears over nuclear deal with IranNBCNews.com
US senators prepare legislation to pressure IranReuters
Iran says new US sanctions would kill dealAljazeera.com
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Posted on 9 December 2013 | 8:28 pm