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  • Kerry Treats Bibi, Abbas as Equally Responsible for Attacks

    10/10/2015 5:20:50 PM PDT · by Lera · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/10/2015 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    US Secretary of State gives same message of condemning violence and need for calm to both Israelis and Palestinians. US Secretary of State John Kerry shared his "deep concern" Saturday over the recent wave of terror in Israel, though he made efforts to treat the two sides as equally culpable, AFP reports. Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Abbas separately "to express his deep concern over the recent wave of violence and offer his support for efforts to restore calm as soon as possible," a State Department statement said.
  • AP Exclusive: UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site

    08/19/2015 2:04:26 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 19, 2015 4:42 PM EDT | GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA (AP) — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
  • President Obama has lost the argument on Iran

    08/12/2015 8:49:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/12/15 | JOSHUA SHARF
    When your best argument for an agreement is that the deal's opponents are "making common cause" with your negotiating partners, it's safe to say you've lost the debate. In what was billed as a major foreign policy address, perhaps the most critical of his residency, resident Obama recently attempted to defend the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran as it comes up for review in Congress. The lines most calculated to draw a sharp domestic political contrast were these: Just because Iranian hardliners chant "Death to America" does not mean that that's what all Iranians believe. In fact, it's those hardliners...
  • John Kerry admits: Iran deal isn’t in treaty form because it would never be ratified by Congress

    08/03/2015 3:52:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/15 | Robert Laurie
    The Constitution can be SUCH a pain. If you’re looking for someone who will admit what the left thinks, but usually doesn’t say, John Kerry might be your new best friend. Last week, we saw him testify that his nuclear deal with Iran would most likely lead to the deaths of American citizens. It was a disgusting, and probably treasonous, moment. It was also just the beginning of Kerry’s revelations. According to everyone’s favorite Secretary of State, the Iran deal isn’t being presented as a treaty because the administration is well aware that no sane person would ratify it. As...
  • Kerry Insists that "Death to America" Is Just Rhetoric [semi-satire]

    08/01/2015 6:35:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 July 2015 | John Semmens
    In his continuing quest to sell Congress on what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) labeled a "diplomatic masterpiece," Secretary of State John Kerry tried to reassure the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Iran's vow to take down the United States is "mere rhetoric for domestic consumption." "Surely, members of Congress are aware that from time to time it is necessary to espouse policies that we have no real intention of implementing," Kerry said. "I've lost count of the number of times that various spokesmen for the GOP have pledged to repeal Obamacare or to build a border fence. Yet,...
  • EXPOSED: Iran Can Cancel Nuke Deal At Any Time With Just 35 Days Notice

    07/28/2015 2:43:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/27/15 | Pat Dollard/Infidel Alie?
    Excerpted from The Hill: Last Tuesday, a 159-page PDF of the Iran nuclear agreement dropped into my inbox. Scrolling down to page 19, I checked out Paragraph 36. I suggest you do the same. Plenty of provisions in the Vienna agreement will get attention in the coming weeks, but Paragraph 36 may be the most important of all. Paragraph 36 tells us when and how the agreement might end. Both friend and foe have touted this deal as “historic” and promised (or moaned) that its provisions will stay in place for the long term. But in practice, this is not...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal's Shortcomings Coming to Light

    07/24/2015 7:09:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Aleteia.org ^ | July 24, 2015 | John Burger
    It almost sounds like Nancy Pelosi’s famous line, “We have to pass the bill first before we know what’s in the bill.” Some members of Congress are protesting that two secret “annexes” to the Iran nuclear accord are being withheld from them before they sign off on the overall agreement.
  • TEHRAN: 'We will trample upon America!

    07/20/2015 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 84 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media. Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week. Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, said that the official remarks by Iranian officials and clerics...
  • Steinitz slams Kerry claim that better Iran deal was ‘fantasy’

    07/19/2015 8:13:10 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9:53 AM EDT | Tamar Pileggi
    Likud minister calls assessment by top US diplomat ‘baseless,’ says Tehran must be accountable for past actions National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday slammed remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who over the weekend dismissed as “fantasy” the claim — raised by Israel and domestic US critics — that it was possible to have penned a better nuclear deal than the one signed by world powers and Iran last week. “To the best of our professional assessment, these remarks are baseless,” Steinitz, who is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s point man on the Iranian nuclear threat, told Army...
  • Kerry: It Would Be 'Presumptuous' to Go to Congress Before Going to UN

    07/19/2015 11:32:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 07/19/2015 | Daniel Halper
    Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's decision to take the Iran deal to the United Nations before the U.S. Congress votes on it. Kerry made the remarks in an interview this morning on ABC News: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The ABC reporter, Jon Karl, asked, "But the bottom line, the UN is going to vote on this before Congress gets to vote on this?" "Well, they have a right to do that, honestly. It is presumptuous of some people to say that France, Russia, China, Germany, Britain ought to do what the Congress tells them...
  • Trump Awakens Kerry’s Vietnam Anger With Slam On McCain

    07/19/2015 3:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 19, 2015 | Mike Barnicle
    The Iran nuclear deal that could prevent a war must have evoked another deal to end a war almost 50 years ago in the Secretary of State.John Kerry was angry. “Listen to this. Listen to what Trump just said about John McCain,” Kerry was saying over the phone. “ ‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’ ” “That’s unbelievable,” Kerry said. “That’s beyond outrageous.” “John and I have some serious differences on a lot of things but he is nothing other than a hero and a good man....

    07/18/2015 5:27:27 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | July 17,2015 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    The New York Times published an embarrassing look at what went on behind the scenes during the long, long months of “nuclear negotiations” with Iran. Apparently, it involved a good deal of Iran shouting at the hapless U.S. team and declaring its demands non-negotiable, while Team Obama threw in one towel after another. One by one, the roadblocks to a nuclear accord between Iran and the United States had been painstakingly cleared. But as the negotiations went into their third week in the neoclassical Coburg Palace hotel this month, a major dispute lingered over whether a ban on Iran’s ability...
  • After Diplomatic Disappointments, Iran Deal Vindicates Kerry

    07/18/2015 6:44:25 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    ABC News, AP ^ | July 18, 2015 | MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer
    For John Kerry, vindication came at midnight. As last Monday became Tuesday in Vienna, the U.S. secretary of state picked up the telephone in his first-floor room at the ornate, 19th-century Palais Coburg and dialed the White House. We have a deal, Kerry told President Barack Obama. After nearly 18 days of intense, often fractious and highly technical negotiations in the Austrian capital, he reported an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. All that remained was cleaning up the written details, Kerry said, a task that would be completed in the wee hours of Tuesday...
  • Rubio to Kerry: Why Haven’t You Brought Home American Hostages in Iran?

    07/17/2015 8:28:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/17/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today to remind him that “American citizens remain unjustly imprisoned by the Iranian regime even as you have finalized a nuclear deal with Iran,” and urging him “to use every tool at your disposal to secure their freedom” unconditionally. “It is unacceptable that the United States has reached a final agreement with Iran while innocent Americans languish in the most brutal conditions of Iranian jail cells. I am profoundly disappointed that the agreement with Iran did not ensure the unconditional release of American citizens: Jason Rezaian, Pastor Saeed Abedini and...
  • John Kerry says Iran nuclear deal deadlines are pretty much meaningless

    07/09/2015 2:45:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/09/15 | Robert Laurie
    So why do we have them in the first place? Tomorrow, negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal will run up against another deadline. Then the deadline will be ignored, talks will continue, and a new deadline will probably be set. Eventually, we’ll hit that deadline, and we’ll do the same dance all over again. HTML5 video is not supported! That’s because John Kerry has just informed the world that these “deadlines” are pretty much meaningless. As the Free Beacon reports: Secretary of State John Kerry informed reporters on Thursday that nuclear talks with Iran would continue past any deadline and...
  • What U.S. Officials Said on Iran, What We Know Now

    07/05/2015 12:52:59 PM PDT · by smmt433 · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy Initiative ^ | June 29, 2015 | Tzvi Kahn
    Over the past three years, the Obama administration has delineated the criteria that any final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must meet. In speeches, congressional testimony, press conferences, and media interviews, administration officials have also articulated their expectations from Tehran with repeated declarations: “No deal is better than a bad deal.” This FPI Analysis, which updates an earlier publication from January 2015, compiles many of the administration’s own statements on nuclear negotiations with Iran over the past three years, and compares them with current U.S. positions. It also examines U.S. statements on a range of other issues related...
  • On 9th Day, Kerry Says Iran Nuke Talks Could Go Either Way

    07/05/2015 1:20:46 PM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/5/2015 | Unknown
    Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war. The EU's top foreign policy official, Federica Mogherini, said agreement was "very close." But Kerry said there was still a ways to go. "We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most critical issues," Kerry told reporters outside the 19th-century Viennese palace that has hosted the...
  • Iran denies report on ‘tentative agreement’ over sanctions relief

    07/04/2015 6:53:25 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    PressTV ^ | Sat Jul 4, 2015 1:47PM
    Iran has denied a report claiming that it has reached tentative agreement with the P5+1 group of world countries on the removal of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in the course of ongoing nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna. A source close to the Iranian negotiating team said Saturday that some major sticking points still remained between Iran and its negotiating partners over the issue of sanctions relief. Earlier in the day, a report by the Associated Press quoted unidentified diplomats in Vienna as saying that Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, China, Russia,...
  • Massive military transport plane picks up John Kerry after he breaks his leg cycling

    06/02/2015 10:21:10 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/01/15 | By Daily Mail Reporters and Associated Press
    A US military C-17 transport aircraft that usually carries at least 100 troops flew to Geneva Airport to pick up Secretary of State John Kerry and flew him to Boston where he'll be treated for a broken leg. The Air Force plane touched down in Switzerland on Monday after taking off from a US base in Ramstein, Germany, and then headed to Massachusetts after collecting the 71-year-old politician. Kerry tweeted out 'big thanks' to his well-wishers and said he looked forward to getting his leg set and getting back to work at the State Department.
  • John Kerry Has Bicycle Accident In France

    05/31/2015 3:03:07 AM PDT · by mkmensinger · 86 replies
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  • Kerry flown to Swiss hospital following bike crash

    05/31/2015 4:04:50 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 165 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 31 2015
    BREAKING NEWS – Secretary of State John Kerry was flown to a Swiss hospital Sunday following a bike crash outside Geneva, where he had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry likely suffered a leg injury in the accident. Kerry was in stable condition. The accident occurred near Scionzier, France, outside the Swiss border. Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time. Kerry was transported to Geneva’s main hospital HUG, where he was being evaluated, Kirby said. A paramedic traveling with his motorcade immediately examined Kerry...
  • US 'Deeply Concerned' Over Morsi Death Sentence (State Dept official defends terrorists)

    05/17/2015 12:12:03 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    VOA News ^ | May 17, 2015 6:42 AM
    The United States says it is "deeply concerned" about the death sentences handed down to former President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants for a 2011 mass prison break. "We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences, which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt's international obligations and the rule of law," a State Department official said Sunday. The sentences were handed down Saturday in a Cairo court. The Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, will make the final decision on the sentences on June 2. The former president is...
  • Will Putin give Kerry the cold shoulder? Kremlin not confirming one-on-one meeting in Russia

    05/11/2015 2:02:04 PM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 11, 2015
    The prospect of Vladimir Putin giving U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the cold shoulder looms over an official visit to Russia on Tuesday, with the Kremlin not yet confirming Obama administration claims that the two will meet.
  • Report: Netanyahu rejected Kerry visit after election win

    05/03/2015 4:15:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3 May 2015
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal to visit Israel following his election win in March and told him instead to come only after the new government was formed. According to a report on Israel's Channel 2, immediately after Israel's general election on March 17, Kerry proposed that he would visit the Jewish state in order to advance various regional issues.  The Prime Minister's Office did not confirm the report on Sunday evening.  Relations between Netanyahu and the administration of US President Barack Obama have been tense over the last few months. On Election Day Netanyahu...
  • Kerry Slams Criticism of Iran Nuclear Deal as 'Hysteria'

    05/02/2015 2:56:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/5/15 | Ari Soffer
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has given his first interview to Israeli media since spearheading the controversial framework deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Speaking to Channel 10, Kerry sought to bypass Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's stern opposition to the deal by appealing directly to the Israeli people. Kerry sought repeatedly to reassure Israelis that despite the criticism from Netanyahu and many others, any deal with Iran would be watertight. "I say this again - we will not sign a deal that does not close off Iran's pathways to a bomb and that doesn't give us the confidence...
  • State Department reportedly deems mission to rescue Americans in Yemen too risky

    05/02/2015 6:41:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal, citing a State Department official, reports that any evacuation point designated in a country where an Al Qaeda affiliate is active and an unstable security picture puts Americans and any U.S. military assets involved at risk. Instead, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf has pointed to an online system where Americans stranded in Yemen can register to receive updates on opportunities to leave the country. The department has also talked to other countries about Americans joining their rescue missions, she said. The decision of saving Americans puts U.S. authorities in a tight spot. They must choose between...
  • John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table (Yemen)

    04/25/2015 8:35:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.04.2015 | [bw/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP)]
    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the country. “This has to be a two-way street,” Kerry told reporters in Canada after taking part in a summit of Arctic nations. “We need the Houthi and we need those that can influence them to make sure that they are prepared to try to move… to the negotiating table,” Kerry said. Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had called on Friday for all Yemenis to enter a political dialogue to end the conflict. …
  • State Department Won’t Rule Out $50 Billion ‘Signing Bonus’ For Iran

    04/20/2015 12:12:51 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 56 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 20, 2015 2:20 pm | Adam Kredo
    Largest cash infusion to terror regime in recent memory, experts say The State Department on Monday would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to journalists following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens of billions of frozen Iranian funds. Experts have said this multi-billion dollar “signing bonus” option, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, could be the largest cash infusion to a terror-backing regime in recent memory. A cash release of...
  • Kerry: We're There for our Mideast Allies

    04/08/2015 9:49:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    inn ^ | 4/8/15 | Yaakov Levi
    The United States plans to continue its efforts to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran, but will not allow Tehran to run amok and do as it pleases, said Secretary of State John Kerry. If needed, the US will respond forcefully to Iranian efforts to destabilize the Middle East, Kerry said in an interview. "Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines - international boundaries - in other countries,” Kerry told PBS in an interview Wednesday. The US is “well...
  • Kerry: Congress Can Vote As Long As It Doesn’t Interfere with Obama’s Deal (Video)

    04/09/2015 8:30:05 AM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    Breitbrat ^ | 4/08/15 | by Pam Key
    Wednesday on PBS “NewsHour,” Secretary of State John Kerry articulated the administration’s new position on Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bill demanding Congress get a vote on the merits of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, in light of prominent Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) supporting the bill this week. Making it clear the bill can not “interfere” with the president’s deal, Kerry said “if it’s changed and adjusted and reflects the respect for the Constitution and the president’s prerogatives,” then Congress can vote.
  • FM: Iran could resume nuclear activities if West withdraws

    04/04/2015 3:57:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2015 5:43 PM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran would be able to return to its current level of nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has the power to take “corresponding action” and “will be able to return” its nuclear program to the same level if the other side fails to honor the agreement. …
  • Who do we believe, Obama or Iran?

    04/04/2015 7:39:37 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 4, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Obama spiked the football in the Rose garden this week when he claimed that Iran and other world powers had agreed on an “historic” framework toward a final nuclear deal. He was doing his best channeling of Neville Chamberlain when he declared “I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer.” Of course, the key word in Barack’s victory speech is “if;” as in “…if Tehran proves that it is adhering to the agreement.” Yet nothing is in writing! Maybe The One has gone back...
  • An Apology to Neville Chamberlain

    04/04/2015 7:14:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    The great pretense, the false suspense, the grand charade, the whole production number is about over. After months, after years of pretending that negotiations to keep Tehran's mullahs from getting their own nuclear weapon, the cover has been lifted and -- Ta-da! -- the grand finale begins with an all too familiar chorus: Peace in Our Time! Uncork the champaign, serve the caviar and get ready to applaud what should be a real hit. Call it "Munich: The Sequel." Back in 1938, the original production got a big reception from the waiting world, too, maybe bigger, because the audience could...
  • War with Iran is probably our best option

    04/03/2015 11:24:30 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13 | Joshua Muravchik
    The logical flaw in the indictment of a looming “very bad” nuclear deal with Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered before Congress this month was his claim that we could secure a “good deal” by calling Iran’s bluff and imposing tougher sanctions. The Iranian regime that Netanyahu described so vividly — violent, rapacious, devious and redolent with hatred for Israel and the United States — is bound to continue its quest for nuclear weapons by refusing any “good deal” or by cheating. This gives force to the Obama administration’s taunting rejoinder: What is Netanyahu’s alternative? War? But the...
  • Kerry Disputes Comparisons Between Iran Deal and 1938 Munich Agreement [semi-satire]

    04/04/2015 12:18:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-New/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 April 2015 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled under comparisons of the recently announced deal with Iran to 1938's agreement between Britain's Neville Chamberlain and Germany's Adolf Hitler over the Sudetenland. Though Chamberlain proclaimed the agreement as assuring "peace for our time," World War II erupted only a year later. "There are just too many differences to make the comparison apt," Kerry claimed. "Hitler threatened to invade Czechoslovakia if his demands weren't met. Iran isn't threatening to invade anyone. Hitler had already invaded Austria. Iran hasn't invaded anyone. Iranian troops in Iraq are there by invitation to fight against ISIL." "There's...
  • 'I don't read Farsi': State Department spokeswoman brushes off claims - Iran is misrepresenting

    04/04/2015 5:32:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/03/15 | Francesca Chambers
    'I don't read Farsi': State Department spokeswoman brushes off claims that Iran is misrepresenting terms of nuclear deal Within hours of a formal announcement that the United States, Iran and a group of five other world powers had brokered a deal keep Iran obtaining an atomic bomb in exchange for the relief of certain sanctions, cracks began to appear in the tediously negotiated preliminary agreement. The United States insisted in public statements and a fact sheet on the deal that sanctions on the country would be 'suspended' or 'phased' out over time after a final deal is inked while leaving...
  • State Department rejects call for Iran deal to affirm Israel's 'right to exist' (Marie Harf)

    04/03/2015 7:12:13 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 98 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 hours ago
    A State Department official dismissed a plea Friday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran nuclear agreement include clear recognition of his nation's "right to exist," declaring negotiations are "only about the nuclear issue." State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, in a terse response to a question about Netanyahu's concerns, told reporters, "This is an agreement that is only about the nuclear issue" -- a comment that indicates the Obama administration is not looking to enshrine Israel's security into a final agreement. Harf, for her part, suggested the talks are complicated enough already. "This is an agreement that doesn't...
  • US reportedly backed down on initial goals in Iran talks

    04/03/2015 7:53:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The emerging reports indicate the U.S. team, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, gradually backed down over the course of the talks as Iran's delegation dug in. The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former U.S. representatives at the discussions, claimed the White House had initially hoped to persuade Iran to dismantle much of the country's nuclear infrastructure when talks started in late 2013, only to be told categorically that Iran would not do so.
  • Dem Rep: Iran Already Renouncing Deal, Won’t Publicly Agree to 4 Pages

    04/03/2015 9:03:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/03/2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on MSNBC’s “The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) argued since the Iranians are already  “backing away from” the four pages put out yesterday by the White House, believing they would agree to a complex final deal with thousands of page in June would be difficult.Sherman said, “The key thing from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey is that they’re not saying that this will inspire them to develop their own nuclear program. One of the main benefits we want from this deal is to avoid the nuclear proliferation race in the Middle East that would start if people thought Iran...
  • Wesley Pruden column: "A deal with Iran built on lies"

    04/03/2015 12:18:48 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Apr 15 | Wesley Pruden
    "Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it."
  • Kerry’s Last Grasp at Greatness

    04/02/2015 6:41:36 PM PDT · by upchuck · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | April 2, 2015 | TOM KEANE
    [snip] Kerry is a man who has lived most of his adult life in the public eye. It’s been a career of almosts and near misses—and fugitive moments of glory. He’s been grasping for the brass ring his entire life, it seems, determined to be a man of import and impact, to make his mark. But somehow it’s always eluded John Kerry. More doors are closed now than open, and Kerry has less than two years left in his job. [snip] America’s secretary of state—the “tireless, and I mean tireless," John Kerry, as President Obama put it in his Rose...
  • Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement

    04/02/2015 3:40:18 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2 April 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Says White House misleading Congress, American people with fact sheet LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released following the culmination of negotiations with the Islamic Republic. Zarif bragged in an earlier press conference with reporters that the United States had tentatively agreed...
  • Iran Brags About Nuke Concessions

    04/02/2015 3:58:54 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The move to allow Iran to keep centrifuges at Fordow, a controversial onetime military site, has elicited concern that Tehran could ramp up its nuclear work with ease. Zarif said that once a final agreement is made, “all U.S. nuclear related secondary sanctions will be terminated,” he said. “This, I think, would be a major step forward.” Zarif also revealed that Iran will be allowed to sell “enriched uranium” in the international market place and will be “hopefully making some money” from it. European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement that the sides had “taken a decisive...
  • Obama’s Iran deal falls far short of his own goals

    04/02/2015 4:34:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 2, 2015 | By Editorial Board
    THE “KEY parameters” for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program released Thursday fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration. None of Iran’s nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed. Not one of the country’s 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled. Tehran’s existing stockpile of enriched uranium will be “reduced” but not necessarily shipped out of the country. In effect, Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, though some of it will be mothballed for 10 years. When the accord lapses, the Islamic Republic will instantly become a threshold nuclear...
  • Iran Nuclear Talks: "Good News" Coming

    04/02/2015 11:33:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 2,2015 | Associated Press
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran and six world powers have agreed on the outlines of an understanding to limit Iran’s nuclear programs, negotiators indicated Thursday, as both sides prepared for announcements.
  • State Dept. Cancels Daily Press Briefing Three Days in a Row (Panic over Iran talks?)

    04/02/2015 9:14:25 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | DANIEL HALPER | 9:36 AM, Apr 2, 2015
    The State Department has cancelled daily press briefings in Washington, D.C. three days in a row as John Kerry continues to try to strike a nuclear deal with Iran.
  • BREAKING: Iran Nuclear Deal Reached

    04/02/2015 10:48:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 173 replies
    MotherJones.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Political MoJo Previous
    The U.S. and other international negotiators reportedly have agreed to the outlines of an understanding with Iran that would allow for a final phase of nuclear talks. The Associated Press, citing officials, reported on the agreement, while noting that negotiators are still in a dispute over how much to make public. A press conference is about to begin to announce the details, but according to Reuters it looks like Iran has agreed to suspend much of its nuclear program.
  • JohnKerry will remain in Lausanne until at least Thurs AM (talks extended another day)

    04/01/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3 minutes ago | Marie Harf
    Cont to make progress; have not reached a pol understanding. @JohnKerry will remain in Lausanne until at least Thurs AM to cont negotiations
  • BREAKING: US official: Kerry extends stay at Iran nuclear talks for another day

    04/01/2015 11:47:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    Twitter AP ^ | 04/01/2015 | AP
    The Associated Press ‏@AP BREAKING: US official: Kerry extends stay at Iran nuclear talks for another day as negotiations falter.
  • John Kerry flashback: Give Iran nuclear fuel-Insisted trust Tehran as Carter did with North Korea

    03/31/2015 6:33:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Worldnet Dailly ^ | 3-31-15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Insisted U.S. should trust Tehran as Carter had done with North Korea NEW YORK – Secretary of State John Kerry, currently leading negotiations for the Obama administration regarding Iran’s nuclear program, argued as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2004 that the U.S. should provide nuclear fuel to Iran, trusting, as President Jimmy Carter had done with North Korea, that the Iranians would not use it to make a bomb. Notably, one of Kerry’s top “bundler” fundraisers in his 2004 campaign was Hasan Nemazee, an Iranian-American now serving a 12-year sentence in federal prison for bank fraud. During the 2004...