Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made explicit the administration's renewed attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Palestine Saturday as the United States begins to assume a more muscular role in talks.
At the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Middle East issues and U.S.-Israeli relations, Obama and Kerry each spoke about a budding interim deal that would work towards a two-state solution.
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.
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) – 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) - 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.
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(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Sunday that the interim agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear program makes Israel safer - though Israel says the agreement has exactly the opposite effect.
“We believe very strongly that because the Iranian nuclear program is actually set backwards and is actually locked into place in critical places, that that is better for Israel than if you were just continuing to go down the road and they rush towards a nuclear weapon,” Kerry said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” - just hours after world powers and Iran reached the historic agreement.
(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton teamed up with fellow former First Lady Laura Bush on Friday for a public discussion about the future of security for Afghan women.
"I'm so worried that once our troops leave, no one will pay attention again to Afghanistan, and we just can't take that risk," Mrs. Bush said at a Georgetown University event in Washington.
(CNN) – Appearing at Georgetown University on Friday with predecessor Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry gave some tips to the men at the school, where former President Bill Clinton also studied.
"For all the men...who sat in or who sit in classrooms where Bill Clinton sat so many years ago, my advice to you is this: Study hard, go to Oxford, become governor of your state, and then maybe you can marry one of the country's remarkable Secretaries of State," he joked.
Washington (CNN) – Senator John McCain said Thursday he is "very disappointed" with the Obama Administration – and especially Secretary of State John Kerry – on the issue of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Kerry is "a good friend of mine," McCain said. But when it comes to Iran, "this guy has been a human wrecking ball."
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry will be among those briefing Senate Democratic leaders Wednesday on talks about Iran's program, which have picked up significantly in recent months after years of bitter stalemate.
Chief negotiator Wendy Sherman and David Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department, will join Biden and Kerry, according to sources familiar with the planned meeting.FULL STORY