November 10th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
5 months ago

Graham: New sanctions on Iran needed

Washington (CNN) - After three days of talks focused on halting Iran's uranium enrichment efforts broke down Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress would not wait for the next round of negotiations.

Graham said he intends to put forward a measure that would mandate more sanctions on Iran, aimed at forcing the Middle Eastern nation to dismantle its nuclear weapons program - a move that runs counter to the interim steps sought by the negotiating parties gathered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Filed under: Iran • Lindsey Graham • State of the Union
Cruz to Obama: Don't meet with Rouhani's until Iran releases 'prisoners of conscience'
September 28th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Cruz to Obama: Don't meet with Rouhani's until Iran releases 'prisoners of conscience'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It didn't take long.

Just a day after President Barack Obama answered a phone call from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani - the first contact a U.S. president has had with an Iranian leader since Jimmy Carter spoke by phone with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1979 - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says Iran needs to meet certain preconditions, or the leader of the free world should send Rouhani's next call to voice-mail.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • President Obama • Ted Cruz
September 27th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
7 months ago

Susan Rice: Rouhani asked Obama to call him

Washington (CNN) – National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday described the first phone call between an American president and his Iranian counterpart in more than three decades as “cordial” and “constructive.”

Rice told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the Iranian delegation approached the Obama administration about a phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • President Obama • Susan Rice
Shift in policy? Phone call between Obama, Rouhani
September 27th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Shift in policy? Phone call between Obama, Rouhani

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first direct conversation between leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979.

Obama believes a comprehensive agreement is possible regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, telling reporters at the White House that "the test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable action" and if proven would ease international sanctions in place against Iran.

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Filed under: Iran • President Obama
Ted Cruz joins WH protest for detained American pastor in Iran
September 26th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
7 months ago

Ted Cruz joins WH protest for detained American pastor in Iran

Washington (CNN ) - Sen. Ted Cruz joined about 20 protesters and members of different Christian churches outside the White House Thursday to pray for the swift return of an American pastor being held in Iran, reportedly for his Christian beliefs.

Pastor Saeed Abedini has been held in Iran and Thursday marked the one year anniversary of his detention.
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Filed under: Iran • Ted Cruz • White House
American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures
September 25th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
7 months ago

American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures

Washington (CNN) – Several leaders in the American Jewish community cautiously embraced President Barack Obama's call to engage in dialogue with the Iranian government however expressed much skepticism over whether President Hassan Rouhani can be trusted.

Preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program – and possibly gaining a nuclear bomb – is one of the top priorities for Israel and for American-Jewish leaders.
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Filed under: Iran • Israel • President Obama • United Nations
September 24th, 2013
09:44 AM ET
7 months ago

Santorum: Iranian president a 'fraud'

(CNN) - There's "no way" President Barack Obama should meet with newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United National General Assembly this week, former Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday.

"The president of the United States should never meet with someone who's not the president of their country," Santorum said on CNN's "New Day," arguing that the Ayatollah is the person who leads Iran.
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Filed under: Congress • Iran • Rick Santorum • Ted Cruz
March 28th, 2013
08:31 AM ET
1 year ago

'Argo' could help compensate former Iran hostages

Washington (CNN) – It won an Academy Award, made people forget "Gigli" when they think Ben Affleck, and now the movie "Argo" may even pull off another feat - help move legislation through Congress.

The frustrated Foreign Service officer on the phone as the U.S. embassy in Iran was under assault at the beginning of "Argo" was in real life John Limbert.

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Filed under: Iran
On eve of Israel trip, Obama tells Iran to disarm
March 18th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

On eve of Israel trip, Obama tells Iran to disarm

Washington (CNN) – On the eve of his first trip as president to Israel, President Obama on Monday delivered a message to Iranian's leadership saying that the country will face increased isolation if it continues to pursue a nuclear policy.

The comments came as part of the president's video address to the Iranian people marking the beginning of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
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Filed under: Iran • Israel • President Obama
Obama says he will issue a clear challenge to Iran, source says
March 7th, 2013
08:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama says he will issue a clear challenge to Iran, source says

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he will not engage in any "chest beating" over Iran's nuclear program, but plans to issue a "clear and direct" challenge to Tehran during his upcoming Middle East trip, according to sources familiar with his comments.

Obama said at a White House meeting with Jewish American leaders that he will still work toward a diplomatic resolution with Iran over its nuclear program, but that no options are off the table, including military ones, one of the sources said.

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Filed under: Iran • President Obama
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