New sanctions could 'shatter Western unity' on Iran, senator says
December 12th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
4 months ago

New sanctions could 'shatter Western unity' on Iran, senator says

(CNN) - Hewing to administration desires, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson forcefully repeated Thursday what he had already said in as many words - his committee won't seek new sanctions on Iran for the time being, and no one else should either.

Administration officials have publicly tried to talk lawmakers down from acting on legislation that would impose even delayed sanctions on Iran during the first phase of a November agreement to curb the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program in exchange for relaxed sanctions.

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Filed under: Iran
December 10th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
4 months ago

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 believes past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel is unacceptable and kind of insane.

So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting time to try to negotiate an agreement that would further curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions?

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Filed under: Congress • Iran • John Kerry • Nuclear weapons
Bipartisan Senate group nears deal on new Iran sanctions
December 9th, 2013
09:00 PM ET
4 months ago

Bipartisan Senate group nears deal on new Iran sanctions

(CNN) – A bipartisan group of Senators is close to an agreement on tougher Iran sanctions in opposition to the White House, which is easing them as part of an interim accord Tehran struck with world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions, CNN has learned.

A Senate deal would include a new round of sanctions to begin in six months and would not allow for the enrichment of uranium. But it would permit commercial nuclear power as long as it was monitored by the international community.
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Filed under: Iran
December 8th, 2013
12:23 PM ET
5 months ago

Lawmakers concerned over Iranian enrichment, split on more sanctions

(CNN) - After President Barack Obama said he would accept a peaceful nuclear program from Iran, including modest uranium enrichment, U.S. congressmen on the Homeland Security and Intelligence committees agreed Sunday that the concession complicates further negotiations.

"We can envision a comprehensive agreement that involves extraordinary constraints and verification mechanisms and intrusive inspections but permits Iran to have a peaceful nuclear program," Obama said Saturday at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum in Washington.
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Filed under: Iran • Mike McCaul • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
Obama defends Iran deal
December 7th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama defends Iran deal

Updated 6:27 pm ET, 12/7/2013

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama defended his administration's nuclear deal with Iran, arguing that the ground had been set for a comprehensive agreement that would make the United States, Israel and the Middle East safer, but warning that all options would remain on the table if a deal fell through.

"The best way for us to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for a comprehensive, verifiable, diplomatic resolution, without taking any other options off the table if we fail to achieve that. It is important for us to test that proposition during the next six months," he said Saturday at the Saban Forum, a policy summit organized by the Brookings Institution to discuss issues surrounding the Middle East and U.S.-Israeli relations.
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Filed under: Iran • Nuclear weapons • President Obama
White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment
December 3rd, 2013
06:27 PM ET
5 months ago

White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

"We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • Obama administration
Rubio: Culture keeps U.S.-U.K. bond strong
December 3rd, 2013
10:53 AM ET
5 months ago

Rubio: Culture keeps U.S.-U.K. bond strong

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, speaking in London at the leading think-thank the Chatham House, said Tuesday America's changing demographics won't affect the country's longtime relationship with the United Kingdom, pushing back at the notion that the U.S.- U.K. bond solely relies on its ancestral ties.

In a speech about foreign policy, the potential presidential candidate also said he was skeptical of the initial nuclear deal reached for Iran. He also focused a significant portion of his remarks on posing threats by the Russian government, even taking a sharp attack on its President, Vladimir Putin.
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Filed under: 2016 • China • Iran • Marco Rubio • Russia • United Kingdom
Ex-national security adviser: ‘Direct line’ between Iran sanctions and Rouhani's election
December 1st, 2013
12:24 PM ET
5 months ago

Ex-national security adviser: ‘Direct line’ between Iran sanctions and Rouhani's election

Washington (CNN) - In an interview Sunday, Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to the Obama White House, traced a clear path between President Barack Obama's decision to implement sanctions against Iran and the deal brokered with Tehran last week.

"There is a direct line here between the sanctions, Rouhani's election, and their coming to the table," Donilon told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

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Filed under: Iran • Obama administration • Tom Donilon
Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’
December 1st, 2013
10:39 AM ET
5 months ago

Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’

Washington (CNN) - Retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday the United States has all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

"We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," Hayden said when asked about the agreement reached last week between Iran and the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • Michael Hayden • Obama administration
November 25th, 2013
08:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Video: Rogers: Secret Iran talks raise suspicions

(CNN) - House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said his committee was not informed of months of secret meetings between U.S. and Iranian officials prior to the official deal on Iran's nuclear program reached over the weekend.

"There was no formal notification, certainly that I received, and my understanding was neither did the Senate, which is concerning," Rogers told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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Filed under: House Republicans • Iran • Mike Rogers
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