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Congressional Actions on Iran

The following is a roundup of Congressional legislation, letters, and other actions relating to the ongoing negotiations over Iran's controversial nuclear program.

Nuke Talks: Latest from Iran, P5+1

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.

U.S. Officials: Iran's Role in Iraq

In March, U.S. officials acknowledged that Iran’s involvement in Iraq could help defeat ISIS, but cautioned that it could also fuel sectarian conflict.

Obama on Americans Missing or Detained in Iran

On March 20, President Barack Obama issued the following statement on U.S. citizens detained or missing in Iran for the occasion of Nowruz, Persian New Year.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Debates Nuke Talks

On March 19, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran's Influence in Latin America

On March 18, the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere held a joint hearing about Iran and Hezbollah’s involvement in Centra

Kerry on Iran’s Role in Iraq

On March 14, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that the United States was aware of Iran’s involvement in Iraq.

Nuke Talks: Latest from Iran, P5+1

Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

UN Angle on Nuclear Deal

One of the major questions emerging about a nuclear deal with Iran is what role the United Nations might play in endorsing or codifying it in a Security Council Resolution. U.S.

Obama Renews State of Emergency with Iran

Part I: GOP Letter on Iran

On March 9, a group of 47 Republic

Part III: White House and Democrats Respond to GOP Letter

The following are responses by President Obama, administration officials and Democrats on the GOP letter to Iran&

Kerry on Disappearance of Robert Levinson

On March 9, Secretary of State John Kerry asked Iran’s government to work cooperatively to ensure the safe return of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson to the United States.

Nuke Talks: Kerry's Latest Remarks

On March 4, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry said that Iran and the world's six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States - made progress after the latest

Netanyahu Speech: US Reacts

On March 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against a potential nuclear deal with Iran in an address to Congress in Washington, D.C.

AIPAC Conference: Officials on Iran

On March 2, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned attendees of the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference that Iran “vows to annihilate Israel.&

U.S. Calls for Release of Opposition Leaders

On February 14, the U.S.

Nuke Talks: Latest from Iran, P5+1

Iran and the world’s six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States – held a series of nuclear talks in January and February.

Obama: U.S. Working to Bring Abedini Home

On February 5, President Barack Obama said that the United States is doing everything it can to bring Pastor Saeed Abedini, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen held captive in Iran, home to Idaho.

Congress: Heated Debate on New Sanctions

Several U.S. lawmakers have challenged the Obama administration’s approach to nuclear talks with Iran.

State of the Union: Obama on Iran

On January 20, President Barack Obama warned Congress that he would veto any new sanctions bill that “threatens to undo” diplomatic progress with Iran.

US, UK Leaders Rally Against New Sanctions

On January 16, President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron urged U.S. lawmakers not to pass new sanctions legislation.

U.S. Updates Iran Travel Warning

On January 16, the State Department warned that dual-national Iranian-Americans “may encounter difficu

Former US Congressman Visits Iran

Interview with Jim Slattery

Obama on Iran in 2015

US Targets Sanctions Evaders, Human Rights Abusers

           On December 30, the U.S.

Obama Administration Resists New Sanctions

             Several U.S.

Kerry Calls on Iran to Release Jason Rezaian

             On December 7, Secretary of State John Kerry called for the release of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, a dual U

Iran Bombing ISIS Targets in Iraq

            In late November, Iran reportedly bombed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, targets in Diyala, Iraq.

Congress: Divided on New Sanctions

            Several U.S.

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