For Putin, in his 17th year of dominating the Russian political landscape, a deal with President Trump, or even an early symbolic concession such as easing minor sanctions, matters. Expected to contest a presidential election next year that could extend his time in the Kremlin to 2024, he needs sanctions relief to help lift the economy out of recession.
Amid celebration of the milestone nuclear deal and the depature from Iran of three freed Americans, the Obama administration offered a reminder of the gulf that remains in the countries’ relations.
President Obama’s hopes of preserving the Iran nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when Sen. Charles Schumer came out against it.
Testifying before Congress, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal.
a White House spokesperson called the bill “the kind of reasonable and acceptable compromise that the president would be willing to sign.”
The Iran talks also represent a chance to promote peaceful change in that unfortunate country, whose people desperately desire progress toward normal relationships with Western countries.
After days of negotiating, a momentous preliminary deal was struck during the Iran nuclear which includes removes some sanctions while enforcing strict oversight of the overall program.
Vienna (AFP) — Iran’s foreign minister called Tuesday for an extension of a looming deadline to strike a potentially historic nuclear deal with world powers, after surprise talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s unscheduled meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, capping two days of intense talks in Vienna, came as he […]
Geneva (AFP) – Senior Iranian and U.S. officials were poised to hold direct talks in Geneva Monday aimed at bridging gaps on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program ahead of a July deadline for a deal. For the Islamic republic, the goal is to make a leap towards ending the international sanctions that have battered its economy. […]
By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times TEHRAN, Iran — When Iran’s leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised that the six-month agreement would quickly start “melting the iceberg” of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and improve the lives of ordinary Iranians. Opponents of the deal […]
Tehran (AFP) – Sweden’s foreign minister, the latest high-level Western diplomat to visit Tehran, said Tuesday that a comprehensive international nuclear agreement with Iran is possible within six months, media reported. “If there is a good will on both sides a deal is possible within a very ambitious time scale of six months,” Foreign Minister […]
By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times TEHRAN — Iran began rolling back its nuclear program Monday as part of a landmark deal worked out last year with world powers, according to Iranian officials and the United Nations. The Islamic Republic has begun to “voluntarily suspend” 20 percent enrichment of uranium — […]
Tehran (AFP) – A landmark deal that curbs parts of Iran’s disputed nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief will take effect from January 20, Tehran and Western powers said Sunday. President Barack Obama welcomed the news, but warned there was still a rough road ahead to clinch a comprehensive deal. Western nations and Israel […]