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  1. Plus Ca Change…More Sanctions and Hopeful Comments Ring in New Year

    Nuclear negotiations with Iran assumed a familiar pose in the waning days of December and the first days of 2015: Positive comments by both sides accompanied little progress. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department continued to enforce existing sanctions. ...

  2. GOP Threatens to Boost Sanctions

    Senate Republicans repeated last week that a vote on new Iran sanctions is top priority. The most likely vehicle will be a bill introduced by Senators Kirk and Menendez in late 2013, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act (S. 1881). The bill operates in stages. ...

  3. Showdown on Iran Sanctions

    The debate over new Iran sanctions heated up last week, as President Barack Obama called for Congress to “show patience,” while Senate leaders finalized language on two sanctions bills. The bill sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ ...

  4. Obama Administration Wins Delay on Sanctions from Senate Democrats

    The Obama administration sent two top officials to Congress twice in the past week, to defend ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and to argue against two Iran-related bills gaining ground in the Senate. The lobbying effort was partially successful, as Senate ...

  5. Iran Launches Another Satellite; E.U. to Close Sanctions Loophole

    Iran conducted a successful satellite launch on February 2, sending the Fajr satellite into orbit aboard the Safir rocket. The launch marks Iran’s fourth successful attempt to place a satellite into orbit, but the first since the Joint Plan of Action was s ...

  6. 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 for a nuclear weapon using its declared facilities and material in a “breakout” scen ...

  7. 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 nuclear deal struck with the United States and its partners; Iran also ...

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