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Diplomacy

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VIENNA – An exclusive investigation by The Tower indicates that Western concessions to Iran during negotiations over the fate of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program are far deeper than previously reported. With only a day to go before the deadline to reach an agreement over the future of Iran’s nuclear program, Western and Iranian news media are making...

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Iranian sources have revealed that Iran supplied the terrorist organization Hezbollah with a new missile containing a large warhead that it claims can reach the Dimona nuclear reactor in southern Israel, the Ya-Libnan news site reported at the weekend, citing an Iranian news agency. The FARS news agency, which is affiliated with the...

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Diplomacy

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VIENNA – The resolution of a nuclear deal between Iran and the West looks increasingly unlikely, as a member of the Iranian negotiating team told Iranian state media that agreeing to a final deal before tomorrow’s deadline would be “impossible.” As Reuters reported: “Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues...

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Diplomacy

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As negotiations continue between the Western powers and Iran over the country’s illegal nuclear program, a front page article in The New York Times today documented the difficulty the West would have in fashioning an agreement that would account for Iran’s hidden nuclear research. Unstated is the fear of a more problematic...

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Diplomacy

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The Western nations currently negotiating with Iran over the fate of the country’s illicit nuclear program will “likely stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran,” according to a report in Reuters: Officially, the United States and its Western allies say it is vital that Iran fully addresses...

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Diplomacy

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VIENNA – With the deadline to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program only days away, negotiators in Vienna are working to bridge what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today called “big gaps” in negotiation demands. In addition to multiple meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and various European diplomats, Kerry consulted with Israeli Prime...

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Diplomacy

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VIENNA – Foreign ministers involved in the P5+1 negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have elected to continue negotiating and stay the night in Austria, despite earlier reports that they would leave before the end of the day. It was previously reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif planned to fly to Tehran to...

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MidEast

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The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that three Palestinians were indicted this week on charges of plotting to assassinate Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman this past summer. The three men – Ibrahim el-Zir, Ziad el-Zir and Anans Bech, all from Harmala in the West Bank – allegedly decided to assassinate the...

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Iran

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An analysis published on the Foreign Policy Initiative website yesterday by Thomas C. Moore, a former staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, proposed three ways that the outgoing Congress could influence the outcome of a nuclear deal with Iran. While acknowledging that “Congress has no immediate tools available to block...

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MidEast

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In a House subcommittee hearing yesterday, former Director of National Intelligence Gen. Michael Hayden said that Iran and its possible acquisition of nuclear weapons was one of the things that “keep me awake at night”. In his prepared remarks (.pdf) Hayden made four observations about Iran and its nuclear program, including that “Iran...

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