Tag: Iran

Iran Refuses to Sign Written Nuclear Deal

The Obama administration and Congress have clashed over bills to impose new sanctions on Iran or to require Senate ratification of any nuclear deal. However, the Iranians appear to have treated the March 31 date as merely an opportunity to drag talks out further–this time, until a deadline of July 1.   When the extension […]

U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

Yemeni intelligence files containing information about U.S.-supported counterterrorism operations and the names of informants have been looted by Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.   The newspaper, citing U.S. officials, said the information was taken when the Houthi fighters seized the office of Yemen’s National Security Bureau, which had worked with […]

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program.   With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said […]

Former Top US Officials Say One-Year Not Enough Time to Stop Iran Nuclear Breakout

Former top US officials have said that one year would provide insufficient warning-time to detect an Iranian reversal on a nuclear agreement and take action against the violations. The assessment contradicts the Obama Administration’s official position.   This estimation, put forward by former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the IAEA […]

Yemeni crisis takes unexpected Cold War turn

Middle East sources say the Houthis, who took over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa last September, are posing a threat to Sunni Saudi Arabia.   Riyadh sees the Houthis as a proxy for Shiite Iran.   The Houthis, who are part of the Zaidi offshoot of Shiite Islam, have sought to extend their control from […]

Someone has an interest in sparking dispute between Israel and the US

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon adamantly denied a US media report on Tuesday alleging Israel spied on America’s nuclear talks with Iran, and said someone apparently had an interest in stoking conflict between Jerusalem and Washington.   The report in The Wall Street Journal, based in part on information from anonymous senior US officials, comes a […]

Iran Rejects Snap Inspections of its Nuclear Sites

An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the UN atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request “hindered efforts” to reach an agreement with world powers, according to The Associated Press (AP).   The United States and five other world powers face an end-of-the-month deadline to reach a […]

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program.   With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said […]

The Middle East Nuclear Race Is Already Under Way

One of the most important reasons why the U.S. is trying to conclude a nuclear deal with Iran is to prevent an Iranian bomb from triggering a nuclear race in the Middle East. Yet even as talks continue now in Switzerland, Tehran’s regional rivals have already begun quietly acting on their own atomic ambitions. Nuclear […]

US Senate will vote on sanctions bill if there is no Iran deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the US Senate would vote on a bill to toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators miss a deadline at the end of this month for reaching a framework nuclear agreement.   “Another heavy dose of sanctions would be an appropriate remedy if there’s no agreement at […]