Tag: Nuclear Deal

Khamenei bans Iran from negotiations with US

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the breaks on moderates hoping to end Iran’s isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.   Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, already said last month there would be no […]

House to vote on defense bill that Obama threatens to veto

The defense policy bill is one of the few bipartisan measures in Congress that has readily become law for more than a half-century. Not so fast this year, as President Obama threatens to veto the bill moving through the House amid a bitter dispute about government spending.   The argument is whether Congress should break […]

White House says Obama would veto any bill that blocks Iran deal

U.S. President Barack Obama will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement reached in July, the White House said on Wednesday.   The announcement was in response to a Republican bill introduced in Congress that would prevent the president from providing sanctions relief to Iran until $40 billion dollars […]

Iran deal open for debate? Tehran presses new ayatollah demand

The Iranian government is pressing the U.S. and others to give even more ground to Tehran in the already-sealed nuclear agreement, posing a new headache as the Obama administration and others try to implement the deal.   Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier this month demanded that sanctions be lifted entirely, not just suspended. A top Khamenei […]

Core legal shortcomings of Obama’s Iran agreement

US President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement has been widely criticized on military or strategic grounds. For the most part, these pertinent critiques have been well-deserved.   In brief, as any informed observer must readily conclude, there is little doubt that the pact would sustain or perhaps even accelerate already-ongoing Iranian nuclearization.   The agreement […]

Vatican Welcomes Iran Deal, Pressures Israel to Give Up Nukes

The Vatican released a statement Tuesday officially welcoming the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 world powers (U.S., UK, China, France, Russia, Germany) and Iran, stating that the Holy See believes Tehran will reduce its nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief. In calling for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, the Vatican also appeared […]

Senate to hold one more vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans will try a second time on Tuesday to move ahead on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, and the outcome is expected to be the same: Democrats are poised to block the measure and preserve President Barack Obama’s foreign policy win.     Last week, Senate Democrats blocked GOP […]

House Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal

Nearly the entire Republican caucus voted against the deal Friday, save for Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)92% who voted “present.” Twenty-five Democrats joined Republicans in voting their disapproval.       The House’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal will not have much force beyond putting members on record and sounding objection to the Obama deal […]

Senate Democrats block effort to kill Iran nuclear deal

U.S. President Barack Obama achieved perhaps the greatest foreign policy victory of his six years in office on Thursday, when a Republican-backed effort to kill the Iran nuclear agreement was narrowly blocked in the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for the deal’s implementation.   Forty Democrats and two independents voted to block a resolution disapproving […]

Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal survives in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Congressional efforts to block President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Thursday, as 42 Senate Democrats voted to uphold the controversial nuclear accord.   “This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security and for the safety and security of the world,” Obama said in a statement.   Beginning next week, […]