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Iran Nuclear Plan: All the Details

April 2, 2015
The following document was released by the State Department Press Office on April 2, 2015 following nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s six major powers. Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program  Below are the key…

Iran Nuclear Plan: Detailed Factsheet

April 2, 2015
On April 2, 2015, the State Department Press Office released a fact sheet detailing the framework for a final nuclear deal between Iran and the world's six major powers.     Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program  Below are…

Nuclear Talks: Congressional Reaction

April 1, 2015
The following are statements by U.S. lawmakers on the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s six major powers that began on March 26 in Lausanne, Switzerland.   Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)   “We appreciate the diligent efforts to find a diplomatic…

Amnesty Report: Iran Death Penalties

April 1, 2015
In 2014, Iranian authorities announced 289 executions, “but hundreds more were carried out which were not officially acknowledged,” according to a new report by Amnesty International. The organization estimated that at least 454 unannounced executions were carried out in the Islamic Republic. China…

Poll: Iranians See Economy Improving

March 31, 2015
Iranians believe economic conditions have improved since sanctions were eased under the Joint Plan of Action in November 2013, according to a new Gallup poll. In May 2013, 62 percent of Iranians said sanctions hurt their livelihood "a great deal," but only 45 percent gave the same response in…

Polls: Americans Support Nuke Talks

March 31, 2015
The following are excerpts from five recent polls, four of which found that more Americans approve of nuclear talks with Iran than disapprove. One poll found that more Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama’s general handling of Iran relations. Two of the surveys were conducted…

Nuke Talks: Diplomacy in Tweets & Pictures

March 30, 2015
On March 26, a new round of nuclear negotiations began in Lausanne, Switzerland between Iran and the world's six major powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States — with only days remaining before the deadline for a political framework. The following are pictures and…

Report: Key Criteria for Nuclear Deal

March 30, 2015
A new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies outlines key criteria for judging a nuclear agreement with Iran. “Arms control is a process, not an event,” warns author Anthony Cordesman. “Actually implementing an agreement will involve a list of questions and issues,…

Congressional Actions on Iran

March 27, 2015
The following is a roundup of Congressional legislation, letters, and other actions relating to the ongoing negotiations over Iran's controversial nuclear program. Legislation  Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015  On Jan. 27, 2015, Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced…

Iran on Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen

March 26, 2015
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began conducting airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen, which drew strong condemnation from Iranian officials. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif demanded an “immediate halt” to Saudi military actions. Iran is widely seen as the main backer of the Houthis, a…