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
Washington (CNN) - Just nine months into his tenure as Secretary of State, John Kerry successfully delivered an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program. It is the most significant level of cooperation between the United States and the Iranians in decades and it could impact the remainder of his tenure.
While the deal that also includes other world powers has been panned by Israel - one of the biggest U.S. allies in the region - and some members of Congress, Kerry has praised it as a good first step.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, offered skepticism Monday of the interim deal reached over Iran's nuclear program.
"What will this deal accomplish in terms of the end game? The end game is to dismantle the plutonium reactor," he said on CNN's "New Day." "The end game to stop enrichment. This allows 18,000 centrifuges to stay in place and it basically suspends construction of the plutonium reactor. We're so far away what the end game should look like. I'm very worried."
Washington (CNN) – President Obama's record on foreign policy has changed dramatically since taking office - he now has one.
What was arguably candidate Barack Obama's biggest weakness in 2008 may become President Obama's biggest strength with the announcement of an interim deal with Iran to slow that country's nuclear program.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to discuss the recent bilateral agreement that dials back Iran’s ability to work toward a nuclear weapon. Since the deal was announced on Saturday, Netanyahu has been a harsh critic of the plan.
Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said the call was aimed at ensuring Netanyahu knew that the United States “remains completely committed to closely consulting with Israel through this process.”
(CNN) – While President Barack Obama hailed the interim agreement to slow Iran’s nuclear program as an “important first step,” some lawmakers were skeptical about the deal on Sunday, including members of Obama’s own party.
Both Republicans and Democrats were cautious about the agreement’s provision to loosen sanctions against Iran. A few called for another round of sanctions to be passed immediately, while more urged a backup plan that would impose new sanctions in six months if Iran fails to hold up its end of the deal.
(CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the interim deal reached between world powers and Iran this weekend to slow its nuclear program sets a bad precedent.
“We have just rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior,” the Michigan Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” blasting the agreement’s provision that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium, even though it’s to a lower level.
(CNN) - The top Democrat and the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee were both skeptical Sunday of the interim deal reached to slow Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of sanctions against the country.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, said on CNN's "State of the Union" he was disappointed Iran will be allowed to continue to enrich uranium while the talks go on for the next six months.