Tag: Nuclear

Iran ramps up sea power while negotiating nukes with West

While the U.S. haggles with Iran over nuclear weapons, the Islamic Republic is aggressively building up a navy — a move that has regional neighbors concerned.   The focus on Tehran’s nuclear weapons capabilities could be a mistake, if it comes at the exclusion of addressing the seafaring capabilities of the rogue regime, not to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Security fears over Iran gave Benjamin Netanyahu election win

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu owes his election win to Israeli security fears, notably about Iran’s growing regional influence, said an official of a Gulf Arab government wary of Tehran’s progress towards a nuclear deal with world powers.   “With Iran emerging again, it was highly expected that Netanyahu would win,” said the Gulf Arab official, […]

Iran Declares Pre-emptive Victory in Nuke Talks

Iran’s foreign minister and chief negotiator in nuclear talks with the West declared victory for his country, stating that no matter how the negotiations end, Tehran has come out “the winner,” according to remarks made on Tuesday and presented in the country’s state-run press.   Javad Zarif, the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister, stated in remarks […]