(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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."
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.
(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."
Washington (CNN) - White House officials have held at least three conference calls with various leaders of the American-Jewish community to reassure them since the nuclear deal between Iran and the major Western powers was announced, CNN has learned.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken as well as other national security official, Sunday afternoon talked with top officials of such key groups as Aipac (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the American Jewish Committee, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish Federations of North America.
(CNN) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum criticized the interim deal to slow Iran's nuclear program. And the 2012 Republican presidential candidate said the move by President Barack Obama was "an act of a desperate” chief executive hoping to change the political narrative.
"This deal also does nothing to dismantle Iran's nuclear program. It provides vital resources for a ruthless regime to continue to oppress its people, threaten its neighbors, support terrorism, stabilize its economy, and violate numerous U.N. resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program," Santorum said in a statement.
San Francisco (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday cast this weekend's historic deal with Iran as part of a larger foreign policy agenda he said affirmed his 2008 campaign promises.
Citing his vows to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to unfreeze U.S.-Iran relations, Obama said he has "done what I said."FULL STORY