Kerry to brief Senate panel on Iran talks
November 11th, 2013
05:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Kerry to brief Senate panel on Iran talks

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Capitol Hill this week to testify on negotiations to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions as some members of Congress push harder for new sanctions with the latest round of talks failing to produce an agreement.

Kerry will meet with members of the Senate Banking Committee, a committee aide said. The session on Wednesday will be closed, a senior State Department official said.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry
November 10th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Kerry ‘not blind’ to Rouhani's past

Washington (CNN) - America's top diplomat dismissed concerns Sunday that the Obama administration was not being skeptical enough while the U.S. negotiates with Iran over its continued enrichment of uranium, activity widely assumed to be supporting a nuclear weapons program.

Secretary of State John Kerry emphatically told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that "we are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid" when it comes to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's past claims that he could game the Western world in brokered talks while his nation continued to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • State Department
November 10th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
2 years 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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