Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran
April 13th, 2014
03:57 PM ET
1 week ago

Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul said the United States shouldn't rule out the containment of Iran’s nuclear program.

The Kentucky Republican is sticking to his guns on the issue that left him standing alone as the sole Senate vote against a 2012 resolution to pursue a policy other than containment, if necessary, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iran • Rand Paul
April 7th, 2014
07:24 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Senate passes Cruz legislation to block Iran's expected UN ambassador

(CNN) - The Senate passed rare bipartisan legislation Monday to give the Obama administration more leeway to prevent terrorists from representing countries at the United Nations.

The legislation, which passed unanimously, targets Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been named by the Iranian government to be its next ambassador to the world body.

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Filed under: Iran • Senate • Ted Cruz
Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations
March 19th, 2014
11:46 PM ET
1 month ago

Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations

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New York (CNN) – Hillary Clinton cast doubt Wednesday on whether Iran would ultimately agree to halt its nuclear program, the end goal of a longstanding U.S. effort that President Barack Obama has touted as a top foreign policy achievement.

Clinton told the American Jewish Congress in New York that she was “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the interim deal Obama announced late last year, which mandated Iran reduce its stockpile of highly enriched uranium and allow inspectors into some of its facilities.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iran
March 2nd, 2014
04:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama budget 'guts our defense'

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Obama administration's proposed budget "guts our defense" and ignores the need for military preparation for future conflicts.

The South Carolina Republican told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that if the United States were to need to take immediate military action in an international conflict, that situation would drain defense resources.

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No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried
Unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors and Iranian technicians are on hand to cut the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium enrichment at Natanz facility, some 200 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran.
January 24th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
3 months ago

No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried

Updated 3:04 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

Washington (CNN) – The interim nuclear deal with Iran and six other world powers was never signed by the representatives who brokered the agreement last November, leading one top Republican House leader to complain it allows Iranian leaders to ignore parts of the agreement, though the Obama administration said concern is unfounded.

The congressman, who only agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity, said the lack of actual signatures could be seen as a way for Iran to ignore provisions that offers Iran modest relief from some international sanctions in exchange for freezing and scaling back parts of its nuclear program.
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Filed under: Iran • White House
No. 2 House Dem blasts 'irresponsible' Iran comments
January 14th, 2014
05:41 PM ET
3 months ago

No. 2 House Dem blasts 'irresponsible' Iran comments

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, blasted as "irresponsible" comments by Obama administration officials who have suggested that lawmakers pushing for tighter sanctions on Iran are increasing the risk of war.

Hoyer, of Maryland, didn't name names, but an aide said he was referring to several comments from various officials over the past month.

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Filed under: Iran • Steny Hoyer
Iran to start eliminating uranium stockpile January 20, White House says
January 12th, 2014
02:20 PM ET
3 months ago

Iran to start eliminating uranium stockpile January 20, White House says

(CNN) – Save the date: Iran has pledged to start eliminating some of its uranium stockpile on January 20, the White House said Sunday.

That gives an official start time for the six-month interim deal with Iran, which was first announced in November.

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Filed under: Iran
Senators to propose new Iran sanctions bill
December 19th, 2013
02:05 PM ET
4 months ago

Senators to propose new Iran sanctions bill

(CNN) – Two Senators are expected on Thursday to introduce bipartisan legislation authorizing new sanctions on Iran to apply further pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

The proposal by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, considers the diplomatic effort underway to address the nuclear issue, giving it more time to succeed before additional sanctions would take hold.

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Filed under: Iran • Senate
December 15th, 2013
11:49 AM ET
4 months ago

McCain: CIA did not tell Congress the truth about Levinson

Updated 12:38 p.m. ET, 12/15/2013

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain joined CNN's "State of the Union" from Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday after the Arizona Republican addressed thousands of protesters who are angry over the Ukrainian government's decision to backpedal away from an agreement with the European Union.

McCain spoke about a range of issues happening around the globe, and suggested the Central Intelligence Agency was not truthful to Congress about former FBI agent Bob Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago.

Here are five noteworthy points from the interview.
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Filed under: Iran • John McCain • North Korea • Russia • TV-State of the Union
Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran
December 15th, 2013
09:24 AM ET
4 months ago

Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran

(CNN) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle was “an ominous sign” of instability and danger, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Kerry also weighed in on reports about former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago. The United States has not stopped efforts to get him released, Kerry told ABC's "This Week."

The secretary of state is on an overseas trip that's taken him to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Vietnam, and will carry him through Manila and Tacloban later this week.
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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • North Korea
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