Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought to reassure business and political leaders that Iran was committed to a nuclear deal that will lead to a lifting of damaging sanctions.
WASHINGTON — Sanctions bills usually sail through with ease, but not so with Iran bill seemingly stalled in the Senate.
Congress appears to be moving toward approving new sanctions against Iran with a veto-proof majority, potentially undermining the interim nuclear deal now being implemented.
Officials announced Sunday that implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement reached in November will begin Jan. 20. A major challenge for the Obama administration is fending off the congressional push for increased economic sanctions on Iran.
President Rouhani trounced Iran’s hardliners in last year’s election. Sidelined by progress in nuclear talks, they are now turning to intimidation.
The bipartisan group of senators say their threat of harsher sanctions will lead Iran to negotiate in good faith to reach a final deal with the international community on the scope of its nuclear program. White House sees the bill as ill-timed.
Tehran’s lead negotiator in the landmark accord is the face of domestic efforts to sell the deal to ordinary Iranians. Hardliners are watching intently.
WASHINGTON — Sullivan, Joe Biden’s top national security adviser, reportedly traveled to the Middle East in secret to help move the talks forward.
It looks more good than bad to me because, for starters, it is a step away from starting another war.
Optimistic reactions to the Iran nuclear deal, such as higher prices for certain stocks and lower for oil, could sour quickly if Iran fails to follow through on the requirements it signed on to Sunday.
South Koreans react to whether their nuclear-armed neighbor will ever follow suit.
Iran and the US hailed an accord that temporarily halts Iran’s nuclear program and offers sanctions relief – but holds major political risks for both President Obama and Iran’s President Rouhani.
Congress strongly supports Israel, with many members pushing for tough sanctions on Iran. This is a challenge for President Obama trying to win support for the deal on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
A third round of talks begins today, and prospects for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program have never been better.
President Obama talked to a bipartisan group of senators Tuesday about the potential interim deal with Iran. Although some lawmakers are not satisfied with such a deal, it appears that no new sanctions are likely to pass Congress at least until December.
Iran’s embassy was targeted today by suicide bombers angry at Tehran’s strong backing for the Syrian regime. Saudi Arabia is throwing its weight behind anti-Assad forces.
With the six powers set to seek an interim agreement with Iran this week on its nuclear program, Israel’s Netanyahu hailed Hollande as a lone voice opposing a ‘really bad’ deal.
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty does not explicitly cite a ‘right’ to enrich uranium, and how the US and other powers resolve this dispute has implications beyond Iran.
Foreign Minister Fabius said France won’t accept a ‘sucker’s deal’ on Iran’s nuclear program, raising questions about its relationship with Iran.
If anything, Congress wants to ramp up sanctions against Iran, not soften them, asserting that only more economic hardship can persuade Tehran to dismantle its nuclear program.