Obama Fends Off Congress but Putin Complicates Talks

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved a compromise bill yesterday that would allow Congress to review and vote on any nuclear agreement with Iran.  The White House has indicated…

The World Reacts to Nuclear Framework with Iran

Reaction to the recently-announced framework for a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries was intensely polarized, ranging from strong support and cautious optimism to skepticism and outright denunciation. …

Do We Have a Deal? Sticking Points Persist

In a Joint Statement on April 2, negotiators announced that Iran and the P5+1 countries have “taken a decisive step” and “reached solutions on key parameters” of a nuclear agreement….

CIA Hints at Secret Means to Stop an Iranian Bomb

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan hinted that the United States has secret means to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  Asked about…

Grappling with U.N. Sanctions

Last week, negotiators in the ongoing nuclear talks grappled with how quickly to lift United Nations sanctions on Iran if a deal is reached.  Reuters reported on March 12 that…

Netanyahu and White House Talk Past Each Other on Iran

Yesterday in Washington, the showdown between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear talks came to a head.  In a controversial address before a…

UN Report Shows Need for Honesty and Improved Inspections

There was not much news in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran, which was distributed on February 19:  Iran continues to respect the restrictions of an interim…

What Does a One Year “Breakout” Really Mean?

In the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, the P5+1 appear to have coalesced around one main objective: ensuring that Iran would need at least one year to produce enough fuel…

President Obama Rules Out Extension in Nuclear Talks

President Barack Obama publicly ruled out another extension of the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran if no agreement on the principles of an accord is reached by late March. In…