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Obama Administration Celebrates Iran Deal Victory Early, before Vote

September 9, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
The Obama administration is standing on the opposite side of Israel on Iran. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

The Obama administration is standing on the opposite side of Israel on Iran. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

The Obama Administration displayed full confidence that the Iran nuclear deal would survive a vote by the US legislature by celebrating their victory early, before a vote has even been held. US Secretary of State John Kerry, in comments with US Senator Dick Durbin released by the State Department on Wednesday, promoted the support of 42 Democrat senators for the controversial deal. That number is high enough to prevent opponents from creating the super-majority in the 100-member US Senate that is needed to override the deal.

The Iran deal has plenty of opponents, including members of Obama’s own Democrat party. However, it appears that that won’t matter in the end. While its theoretically possible that things could change in an actual vote, Kerry celebrated the public support from the 42 senators in one of those rare situations in which getting less than half the vote is still good enough. But that doesn’t make the deal a good one for Israel. … Continue Reading

Israel: Iran Deal Allows Infrastructure Only Necessary for Nuclear Weapons

Netanyahu is vocal in challenging Iran nuclear deal. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu is vocal in challenging Iran nuclear deal. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Israel is not opposed to Iran having nuclear power—as long as its for civilian use only. But the nuclear deal with Iran being debated among leaders in Washington will give Iran much more capability than that, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The deal with Iran allows it to keep and expand a formidable nuclear infrastructure that is completely unnecessary for civilian nuclear purposes, but is entirely necessary for the production of nuclear weapons,” said the Israeli leader Saturday evening.

In comments released by his office from a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Netanyahu said that within 13 years, the deal will give Iran “the ability to make as many centrifuges as they want, enrich as much uranium as they want to whatever level that they want.” … Continue Reading

Democrats Opposing Iran Deal, while Iran to Claim Victory Either Way

August 16, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
The US congress isn't staying out of Iran talks. US Capitol building. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The US congress isn’t staying out of Iran talks. US Capitol building. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Iran is painting the battle within the US Congress over the nuclear deal between the major world powers and the Islamic Republic as a win-win for Tehran—even if Congress nixes American support for the deal, Iran believes they’ll be victorious. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi made this claim on Sunday, arguing that if Congress withdraws support for the deal, the US will have credibility trouble and potentially miss out on economic improvement—both wins for Iran, a mortal enemy of the US—according to the Fars News Agency.

But while US President Barack Obama may have put the US into a corner where Iran thinks they win either way, a prominent former member of Obama’s own political party is arguing there may still be hope to change the deal with Iran into a better win for the US. … Continue Reading

Israel Notes Others in Middle East Also Oppose Iran Pact; UN Votes on Deal

July 20, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Netanyahu speaking the truth. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu speaking the truth. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

The powerful United Nations Security Council endorsed the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, step one towards the “eventual removal” of nuclear sanctions on Iran, according to the UN News Centre. Still to come is a vote to consider removing the sanctions after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met their requirements. However, while Monday’s initial vote was unanimous for the fifteen-member council, that doesn’t mean that the whole world is behind it.

In fact, Arabs and Israel, the nations most impacted by the deal besides Iran, are apparently among the most opposed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a vocal objector to the deal, said on Monday, “Many in the Middle East see eye-to-eye with Israel and concur that this agreement is dangerous, dangerous to them, dangerous to the region and dangerous to the world.” … Continue Reading

Key US Legislators Question, Condemn Iran Nuclear Deal

Concerned about Iran deal. US House of Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce. Photo Courtesy of House of Foreign Affairs Committee website.

Concerned about Iran deal. US House of Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce. Photo Courtesy of House of Foreign Affairs Committee website.

If the initial war of words is any indication, getting the required Congressional approval on the Iranian nuclear deal won’t be easy. Two of the most powerful members of the Congressional foreign relations committees have expressed their concerns about the deal.

Senator Bob Corker—who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—and Representative Ed Royce—who heads the House Committee on Foreign Affairs—both released critical statements about the deal on Tuesday, which will go to the Congress for a 60 day review. With a large enough supermajority, Congress can scuttle US participation in the agreement. … Continue Reading

Iran Deal Sparks Fear for Some, Cautious Hope for Others in Middle East

July 14, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
The nations of the world are commenting on Iran deal. UN Press Conference Area. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The nations of the world are commenting on Iran deal. UN Press Conference Area. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

From threats to launch their own nuclear weapons program to hope the Iranian deal could boost the economy, Middle East nations presented a variety of responses to the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday. The deal, which provides Iran with sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions and monitoring of their nuclear program, certainly hasn’t made everyone happy, especially the largest oil producer in the Middle East. … Continue Reading

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