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  • The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger. (Israel releases video to mark deadline)

    06/30/2015 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Today, 10:00 AM | IsraeliPM
    The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger.
  • State Department Announces Extension of Iran Nuclear Deal Until July 7

    06/30/2015 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 30, 2015 | By ALEXANDER MALLIN
    The U.S. State Department announced this morning that Iran and the major countries negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from today to July 7 to "allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution." At issue is how fast billions of dollars in sanctions relief against Iran’s economy will be implemented by the international community, as well as the level of access inspectors will have to Iranian military sites and nuclear scientists.
  • Friendly reminder: We have the ability to MOP up Iran’s nuclear facilities

    06/29/2015 6:05:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/29/2015 | Matt Vespa
    It’s no surprise that the Iranian nuclear program talks are shaky; Guy has detailed the long, tedious, and sometime frustrating timeline of these diplomatic talks. So, given that we’re approaching the June 30th deadline–with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issuing demands that the U.S. could never agree to–what’s the military option, if there is one? The answer is MOP, or “Massive Ordnance Penetrator;” the largest and most powerful nonnuclear bomb we have in our arsenal (via Politico): …at least three times in the past year, a B-2 stealth bomber has taken off from an Air Force base in Missouri...
  • State Department Throws Free Beacon Reporter Out of Iran Nuke Talks Briefing

    06/29/2015 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 29, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT | P.J. Gladnick
    Arrest that reporter for attempting to commit blatant act of flagrant journalism! The Washington Free Beacon today carried a report from Adam Kredo about the State Department removing him from a briefing on the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. He was even threatened with arrest by security. Here is how the State Department of "most transparent administration in history" dealt with Kredo: VIENNA—Officials with the Department of State threatened to call security Monday on a Washington Free Beacon reporter who was attempting to report on a briefing held by senior Obama administration figures in Vienna on the eve of...
  • John Kerry on crutches while shaking hands w/Zarif, Iranian negotiator (photo at link)

    06/29/2015 12:31:43 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1:52 PM - 28 Jun 2015 | Ana Navarro
    John Kerry on crutches while shaking hands w/Zarif, Iranian negotiator. Hmmm...Not the best symbolism... ”
  • White House denies private letters to Iran

    06/29/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    The Obama administration is denying reports the president reached out to Iran’s leadership ahead of the deadline for a nuclear deal with Tehran. “Reports that the president recently sent a letter to Iran’s leadership are not accurate,” a senior administration official said Monday. The official suggested President Obama has limited his involvement in the day-to-day talks as negotiators rush to complete a final agreement. “We have left the difficult work of the nuclear negotiations to our team on the ground in Vienna,” the official said. An Iranian newspaper reported Monday that Obama sent a private message to Iran’s senior leaders...
  • On eve of Iran deal, US retreats on inspections of nuclear past, speeds up sanctions relief

    06/29/2015 8:32:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | June 29, 2015, 12:34 PM (IDT)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, June 28: “We are seeing a clear retreat from the red lines that the world powers set recently and publicly." Addressing the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem and later the Knesset, he added: “There is no reason to rush to sign this bad agreement which is getting worse every day.” Netanyahu was referring to three major concessions approved by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in the final stage of negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran. They are outlined here by debkafile: 1. After barring International Atomic Energy Agency...
  • Moniz, Kerry awaiting final verdict by Obama (on whether he'll accept Iran terms)

    06/29/2015 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    MNA ^ | 4 hours ago
    VIENNA, Jun. 29 (MNA) – US Secretaries of Energy and State have wrapped up their gist of nuclear negotiations along with difference points with Iran, awaiting a final verdict by president Obama. Mehr News International correspondent in Vienna reported that John Kerry had been residing in Vienna thanks to a fractured femoral bone. But Mr. Kerry would not be off the working desk; rather, he and Mr. Ernest Moniz await a final decision by president Obama. During Vienna 8 (8th round of talks held in Austrian capital) held in last November, Barack Obama issued a last-minute directive mandating extension of...
  • Obama’s secret message to Iran ahead of Vienna talks

    06/29/2015 8:14:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    MNA ^ | 6 hours ago
    TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) – An Iranian MP revealed that Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iranian authorities just a few days ahead of recent nuclear negotiations in Vienna. Iranian daily Hamshahri reported on its Monday issue that US President Barack Obama has sent another secret message to Iranian authorities through leaders of one of Iran’s neighboring countries. The newspaper has quoted Tehran’s representative and Parliament Board member Mehrdad Bazrpash as saying that the message has been delivered in recent days by the leader of Iran’s neighbor and highlighted that the letter has been on nuclear issue. While...
  • Nuke talks to miss target; Iran foreign minister heads home (June 30 deadline missed)

    06/28/2015 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Jun. 28, 2015 9:07 AM EDT | MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA (AP) — A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home Sunday for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough. Iranian media said Mohammed Javad Zarif's trip was planned in advance. Still, the fact that he was leaving the talks so close to the Tuesday deadline reflected his need to get instructions on how to proceed on issues where the sides remain apart — among them how much access Tehran should give to U.N. experts monitoring his country's compliance to any...
  • Zarif to join N-talks on Saturday (3 days before deadline)

    06/26/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    MNA ^ | Thu 25 June 2015 - 12:38
    TEHRAN, Jun.25 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will depart for Vienna on Saturday, June 27th, to attend the nuclear talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry will also fly to Vienna on Friday to take part in the nuclear talks ahead of a self-imposed June 30 deadline Iran’s Deputy FMs Seyed Abbas Araghchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi have hold meetings with 5+1on drafting a final agreement on Wednesday. The deadline for Iran and 5+1 to finish writing the text of the final agreement is June 30. However, Iran has announced recurrently that its goal is achieving a...
  • Kerry off to Vienna for Iran nuke talks as deadline looms (on crutches)

    06/26/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Jun. 26, 2015 8:51 AM EDT | By MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With next week's deadline for an Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the talks in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, this time leaning on crutches. On his first overseas trip since breaking his leg earlier this month, Kerry left Washington amid mounting debate over the wisdom of an agreement with Iran. Critics of the emerging deal accuse the Obama administration and its partners of conceding too much in the talks. U.S. officials insist their positions remain unchanged and that Iran must agree to their demands by Tuesday's deadline. Kerry used a...
  • U.S. Delegation to P5+1 Negotiations With Iran in Vienna, Austria (Zero sends 19 member delegation)

    06/25/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    State.gov ^ | June 25, 2015
    In the context of the EU-coordinated P5+1 negotiations with Iran, Secretary Kerry will be joined in Vienna, Austria, on June 26 and onwards by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and the U.S. negotiating team. The full U.S. delegation list for Vienna follows: The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Robert Malley, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, National Security Council Jonathan Finer,...
  • AP Exclusive: Iran would get nuclear help in proposed deal

    06/24/2015 5:04:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 25, 2015
    VIENNA — Western powers are offering Tehran high-tech reactors under a proposed nuclear agreement, a confidential document says, but a defiant speech by Iran's supreme leader less than a week before a negotiating deadline casts doubt on whether he's willing to make the necessary concessions to seal a deal. The West has held out the prospect of providing Iran peaceful nuclear technology in the nearly decade-long effort to reduce Tehran's ability to make nuclear weapons. But the scope of the help now being offered in the draft displeases U.S. congressional critics who say Washington is giving away too much.
  • Kerry to Rejoin Iran Nuke Talks in Vienna (Injury is no obstacle to surrender!)

    06/24/2015 3:04:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 24, 2015, 5:04 PM ET | MATTHEW LEE
    Secretary of State John Kerry is rejoining the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna as negotiators race to meet a June 30 deadline to complete an agreement. The State Department said in a one-sentence statement on Wednesday that Kerry would leave for the Austrian capital on Friday. It will be his first overseas trip since breaking his leg in a bicycle accident earlier this month after a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva.
  • Ted Cruz Scores Another Foreign Policy Victory

    06/24/2015 1:25:57 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 30 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    One week after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation to fine the State Department for delaying its annual report on Iran’s human rights record, the Obama administration is acceding to his demand and finally producing the report.
  • World powers offering Iran nuclear reactors as part of deal (The Insanity Continues!)

    06/24/2015 12:52:37 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 24, 2015, 1:03 pm | George Jahn
    VIENNA - The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The draft document — one of several technical appendices meant to accompany the main text of any deal — has dozens of bracketed text areas where disagreements remain. Technical cooperation is the least controversial issue at the talks, and the number of brackets suggest the sides have a ways to go not...
  • PM Netanyahu Meets with NFL Hall of Famers (Robert Kraft brings 20 players to fight Iran deal)

    06/24/2015 12:18:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    PMO ^ | 6/22/15
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, met with a delegation of former National Football League players and NFL Hall of Fame members (see list below), led by NFL Champion New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Prime Minister Netanyahu told the players, who wore their famous Hall of Fame Gold Jackets and many of whom are on their first visit to Israel, about the many challenges Israel faces, especially Iran's efforts to achieve nuclear weapons. "Iran is one yard away from the goal line. If they get nukes, the preeminent terrorist regime of our day will be armed with nuclear weapons. That's...
  • Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

    06/23/2015 6:22:27 PM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies
    Defense One ^ | 23JUN15 | Marcus Weisgerber, Patrick Tucker
    The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. [...] The center will help the military and government coordinate their preparations for and responses to any attack, said Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, a spokeswoman for Work. The hope is that it...
  • What I Believe Obomination Intends To Do With America

    06/23/2015 9:04:12 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 11 replies
    June 23, 2015 | Patriot777
    While enjoying my morning coffee and as usual pondering the events transpiring here in the United States--as well as the world, I came to some realizations that I had not considered before, as to what 0 truly intends for America. In previous posts I had remarked that I did not believe that 0 has any intention of ever leaving what he sees is his throne (never a Presidency). I believe he will transfer his throne should a Democrat (by illegal means, of course) 'win' in 2016. But should a Conservative by some miracle get the Electoral votes, I do think...
  • Netanyahu says potential Iran nuclear deal is 'terrible' (Video)

    06/23/2015 7:31:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday June 23, 2015
    The anticipated nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is a "terrible deal," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "This deal is getting worse by the day, and it should not be signed," Netanyahu said during an address to Jewish Agency leaders in Tel Aviv. "It has been said, better no deal than a bad deal, better no deal than a terrible deal." During a meeting with Netanyahu on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said it was unclear whether an international deal could be reached on Iran's nuclear program by a June 30 deadline. Fabius had said...
  • N-talks progress below expectations (Iran plays down deadline 8 days away)

    06/22/2015 6:40:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Mehr News Agency ^ | Mon 22 June 2015 - 16:36
    TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) – Iranian top negotiator Seyed Abbas Araghchi said intensive meetings to draft comprehensive agreement is underway at different levels with representatives of the 5+1. Speaking to IRIB in Vienna prior to his flight to Luxembourg, Iranian deputy FM described the process of drafting as complicated and one which bears various technical, legal and political dimensions. "It needs to be fully scrutinized first at expert and then at deputy levels," Araghchi underlined. He said Iran's negotiating team headed by Foreign Minister Zarif is scheduled to meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as well as French...
  • US rebuffs Israel’s last-ditch bid for nuclear constraints in Iran accord

    06/21/2015 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | June 21, 2015, 7:52 PM (IDT)
    Israel’s National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen was invited to join two top US officials for dinner in Washington on June 15 to try and make Israel’s case for amending the disastrous nuclear accord taking shape in Vienna between the six world powers and Iran, before it was too late. This meeting is reported here by debkafile for the first time. It was hosted by US National Security Adviser Susan Rice and senior US nuclear negotiator Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman. The occasion was arranged by CIA Director John Brennan at the end of his visit to Jerusalem in the first...
  • Saudi Arabia, Russia sign nuclear power cooperation deal

    06/21/2015 9:13:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/19/15 | Reem Shamseddine
    Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, a Saudi government body in charge of such projects said. The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal on its website on Thursday but gave no further details. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV, citing unnamed sources, said the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors in which Russia would play a significant role in operating them. The Saudi atomic and renewable energy body has already signed nuclear cooperation deals with countries able to build reactors, including the United States, France,...
  • Women 'Forbidden' From Attending U.S. vs. Iran Volleyball Game

    06/19/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9:54 AM | Ali Arouzi
    TEHRAN — Women have been "forbidden" from watching Iran play the U.S. volleyball team on Friday night despite the government signaling it would loosen restrictions on females attending sports events. Earlier this month, Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi announced that a limited number of women — mainly members of players' families — would be allowed at upcoming men's volleyball matches. In an interview with The Associated Press, Molaverdi said women could also now watch live basketball, handball and tennis. However, women would not be allowed to attend soccer, swimming and wrestling. Hardliners objected angrily to...
  • Why the U.S. should invest a lot more in nuclear research

    06/18/2015 12:51:40 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 50 replies
    theweek.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ryan Cooper
    Why the U.S. should invest a lot more in nuclear research   REUTERS June 18, 2015   For the past several years, nuclear power has been a focus of sharp disagreement in the debate over climate change. Traditional environmentalists tend to oppose it, while climate trolls argue it is the savior of mankind, only stopped by green ignorance. For all the hyperbole, both sides make some good points. Nuclear power is not as dangerous as it is often portrayed, at least compared to coal, while the trolls fail to acknowledge the major problem with traditional nuclear power: its stupendous...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • Senator: 'Breathtaking' how far the US has moved in Iran talks

    06/15/2015 1:43:04 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/15/15 12:11 PM EDT | Martin Matishak
    The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is sounding the alarm about the nuclear talks with Iran, warning the United States has made "breathtaking" concessions that risk creating a "bad deal." In a letter sent Monday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) warned President Obama he must be willing to walk away from the negotiating table. "It is breathtaking to see how far from your original goals and statements the P5+1 have come during negotiations with Iran,” Corker (R-Tenn.) said in the letter, referring to a group that includes the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia plus Germany. Corker...
  • Rudy Giuliani: “The ayatollah must go” (16 minute video)

    06/14/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 13, 2015 | Iranncr
    FRANCE, Paris: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a Republican candidate in the 2008 US presidential elections, spoke at a major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event was held at Parc des Expositions exhibition center. Giuliani said: "The ayatollah must go. He and Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all of the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it. Where is our decency and morality? We have...
  • Is there anything Obama’s not giving away in his Iran nuclear deal?

    06/14/2015 5:07:24 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2015 | 8:00pm | Post Editorial Board
    By lifting sanctions on Iran, President Obama’s nuclear deal will open the floodgates for Tehran’s funding of terrorism. So says Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On a visit to Israel Tuesday, Dempsey warned of Iran’s rulers, “I think that they’ll invest in their [terror] surrogates. I think they will invest in additional military capability.” Oops: The official Obama line is that Tehran will spend its windfall rebuilding its economy. Nice that someone from the administration is willing to tell the truth. Oops again: Obama’s former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael...
  • State Dept Struggles to Explain Massive Nuke Concessions To Iran (7 minute video)

    06/13/2015 11:01:23 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 12, 2015 3:39 pm | Andrew Kugle
    State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke claimed Friday that the “goal posts haven’t moved” in Iran negotiations as he struggled to explain the administration’s latest concessions. The United States is in negotiations with Iran in regards to their nuclear program. During Friday’s press briefing, Rathke struggled to define what concessions or conditions were required for the Iranians to meet for a nuclear deal to be achieved. Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed Rathke to clarify what the United States objectives are for the negotiations.
  • Kerry leaves hospital, plans for a ‘last slog’ in Iran talks

    06/13/2015 10:55:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday left the hospital where he has been recovering from a broken leg after a bicycling accident, and said he expects to join the Iran nuclear talks for their “last slog” at the end of June. Kerry, who is 71, emerged from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston shortly before 5 p.m., walking gingerly on two crutches. He wore what appeared to be white running shoes instead of his normal wingtips, and he looked pale after spending almost two weeks in the hospital. But he seemed in good humor as he joked that he was...
  • Israel-Linked Spy Virus Discovered At Hotels Used For Iran Nuclear Talks

    06/10/2015 1:11:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | 10 June 2015 | Eyder Peralta
    Earlier this spring, the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky was testing an advanced antivirus software on one of its computers when it stumbled on something big: As the Moscow-based company puts it, it was "one of the most skilled, mysterious and powerful" spy viruses in the world. The piece of software was so sophisticated that it left few traces. It didn't leave files on the disk drive, and to stay hidden, it burrowed inside a computer's kernel memory, which is the place where a computer's most basic software is kept.Kaspersky says it assigned a team to watch its movements, and the team...
  • Armageddon strikes: Massive Cloud sparks Russian Nuclear Attack Panic

    06/08/2015 10:51:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    UK Daily Star ^ | 6-8-2015 | Alexander Bogdanov
    The huge shape floating above homes and businesses sparked widespread panic as people took to social media to find out if the end of the world was coming. Many in the city of Tyumen in south central Russia believed it was the beginning of a nuclear war. Photos of the ominous mushroom cloud quickly went viral in Russia. Alexander Bogdanov posted a photo on Instagram saying: "World War III has begun. "I photographed it from my window." Another, Oleg Alexeeva, tweeted: "Oh, God save us. What have they done?!!!" While MyraYer posted: "Crazy b******s!!! This is the end." The huge...
  • Odd Bedfellows: Israel, Saudis in Step on Iran Threat

    06/08/2015 5:18:02 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    CBN News ^ | June 6, 2015 | Chris Mitchell
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Against the backdrop of a pending deal over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented meeting took place in Washington, D.C., last week. The meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia sent one more signal of an historic geopolitical change taking place in the Middle East. At the Council on Foreign Relations, Israel's incoming director general of the Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, met with Anwar Majed Eshki, his Saudi counterpart. These historic enemies shared an identical message: Iran is trying to take over the Middle East and it must be stopped. The meeting took place in public, but Israel and...
  • Obama Lambasted for Ruling Out Military Option on Iran

    06/07/2015 7:39:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/7/2015, 4:09 PM | Hillel Fendel
    In his recent interview with prominent Israeli TV interviewer Ilana Dayan, Obama said, "A military solution will not fix [the threat of Iran's nuclearization], even if the United States participates. It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program, but it will not eliminate it." The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) announced that it was "shocked and deeply critical" of Obama's words. The ZOA declared that this statement by Obama "contradicts his repeated commitments since before becoming president that 'all options are on the table' in seeking to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power." Obama told Dayan, "I can,...
  • WATCH: 'Fox & Friends' Looks Back at Marie Harf's Media Flubs

    06/05/2015 2:22:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 27, 2015
    Acting State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf is being promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Harf will focus on negotiations between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons. “Fox and Friends” this morning took a look back at her history of flubs in the media. Harf said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” in February, “We need in the longer term […] to go after the root causes that [lead] people to join these [terror] groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs … What makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of try to...
  • Depressing: Marie Harf spends five minutes defending Iran’s enrichment of uranium (Video)

    06/04/2015 2:56:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on June 4, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Painful truth: The really awful thing about speaking for this State Dept is all the spin one must do on behalf of the govt of Iran Frum wrote that yesterday. More than 24 hours later, Harf’s still shilling for our partners in peace in Tehran. To understand what this is about, re-read yesterday’s post about the growing alarm among western diplomats that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has been increasing despite their promises to freeze it at a certain level. There may be an innocent-ish explanation for that related to the process of converting uranium into fuel rods; there may...
  • Israeli defense minister: Iranian nuclear agreement is ‘a very bad one’ (Washington Post interview)

    06/04/2015 12:34:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 2 | Lally Weymouth
    Q: Regarding the proposed Iran agreement, what are your major concerns? A: We consider the deal a very bad one. There is no doubt that the Iranians’ intention and all of their activities in the last 20 years were in order to reach a military nuclear capability. The deal is going to allow Iran to actually become a military nuclear threshold state. No facilities are going to be shut down, including underground facilities. No centrifuges will be destroyed. They will be able to go on with their research and development to have in the near future — whether it be...
  • PM Netanyahu Meets with Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson (Israel has "no better friend")

    06/03/2015 8:18:37 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    PMO ^ | Today
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson and told him at the start of their meeting: "Rob, welcome to Jerusalem. Our friendship, the friendship between Canada and Israel, is a model of the partnership between two democracies, exemplary democracies. Israel values the support, unstinting, unfaltering, of Canada in an international environment that is often marked by cynicism and double talk. Canada, led by Prime Minister Harper, is always stalwart and tells the truth. And we think that this is a refreshing wind in an increasingly hostile environment, hostile to the truth. As an example, a national...
  • Earnest: Remember, We Can See Iran Increase Its Nuclear Stockpile Thanks to Our Monitoring Measures

    06/02/2015 7:45:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/2/15 | David Rutz
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest looks on the bright side. Pressed Tuesday by ABC’s Jonathan Karl about a New York Times report that Iran had increased its nuclear fuel stockpile 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, Earnest reminded reporters the monitoring measures put in place were what allowed the U.S. to see Iran’s brazen behavior in broad daylight. “But you don’t dispute their finding that they have a 20 percent increase in uranium fuel over what they had at the start of these negotiations?” Karl asked. “Uh, no,” Earnest said. “You’re not concerned about that, you don’t...
  • Harf: We’re All ‘Totally Perplexed’ by NYT Story on Iran’s Increased Nuclear Stockpile (Video)

    06/02/2015 7:31:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 88 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 2, 2015 2:46 pm | Andrew Kugle
    State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said she was “perplexed” by a New York Times story Tuesday on Iran’s 20 percent increase in nuclear fuel over the past 18 months. The United States has been in negotiations with Iran for a final deal about their nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a report on Friday that documented an increase of Iran’s nuclear fuel stockpile. A reporter asked Harf if Iran’s increased stockpiles has complicated the current negotiations. “Not at all. Our team read that story this morning and was quite frankly perplexed because the main contentions of it are...
  • Obama: Under My Presidency, U.S. ‘The Most Respected Country In The World’ [VIDEO]

    06/01/2015 3:01:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/1/15 | Al Weaver
    President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration has lifted the U.S. to become “the most respected country in the world.” Obama made the claim during a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows at the White House. PRESIDENT OBAMA: People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say that we want...
  • White House: John Kerry Bicycle Accident Will Alter Nuclear Talks With Iran (no replacement named)

    06/01/2015 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jun 2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    Secretary of State John Kerry’s severe bicycle accident might have foreign policy implications. He recently broke his leg while cycling in Switzerland. When asked by reporters about the accident, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that nuclear talks with Iran would be affected by the accident, but reassured them that Kerry would still play a prominent role in the process. “The fact is, we do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue and hopefully complete the Iran negotiations,” he said. “And I’m confident that those negotiations will be affected by the secretary’s injury,...
  • Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant

    06/01/2015 12:07:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 1:48 pm | Adam Kredo
    Earthquake hits near Iran’s current nuke plant Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports. Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. Meanwhile, an earthquake struck Monday morning near the site of Iran’s current nuclear power plant in Bushehr, near where the second plant will be built. Iranian media outlets reported the quake as hitting a...
  • Obama says no military solution to Iran nuclear program (Israeli TV Interview)

    06/01/2015 10:55:51 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 1, 2015, 1:13 pm EDT
    US President Barack Obama tells Channel 2 in an interview that he can “demonstrate” that a “verifiable” agreement with Iran will be the best way to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. “I can, [I] think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement. A military solution will not fix it, even if the United States participates. It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it would not eliminate it,” he says. Asked whether Israel may attempt a military strike...
  • White House: Iran nuclear talks can continue despite Kerry's injury

    06/01/2015 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/01/2015 20:34
    WASHINGTON - The White House is confident it can still pursue Iran nuclear talks despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's injury over the weekend, a spokesman said on Monday. Kerry left Europe for the United States earlier on Monday after breaking his leg in a cycling accident on Sunday. "We do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue, and hopefully complete, the Iran negotiations," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing. He added that Kerry would continue to play a critical role in the talks, although it was unclear exactly...
  • Iran rejects site inspections in a nuclear deal

    05/30/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by bushwon · 23 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Staff
    Tehran (AFP) - Senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi said Saturday that questioning Iranian scientists and military site inspections are "out of the question" in a final nuclear agreement with world powers.
  • New statement from Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran (Washington Post is outraged)

    05/25/2015 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25 at 10:30 AM | Martin Baron
    Statement from Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran: The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves. It’s worth recalling what kind of system we’re dealing with. Jason was arrested without charges. He was imprisoned in Iran’s worst prison. He was placed in isolation for many months and denied medical care he needed. His case was assigned to a judge internationally notorious...
  • Unconfirmed: Huge explosion kills hundreds in central Tehran

    05/24/2015 1:56:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 96 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 4:09 PM (EDT)
    According to first unconfirmed reports, central Tehran was hit Sunday night with massive blasts leaving many hundreds of people dead. Witnesses report heavy Revolutionary Guards and Basij forces speeding to the area. Thee are also reports of explosions in the southern Iranian town of Isfahan - also unconfirmed.