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The Iran Primer

U.S. Policy

How the US Decides on Whom to Impose Sanctions

            The following is an excerpt from the U.S.

State Department Briefing on Eve of Talks

            On May 13, a senior U.S.

Halfway: US Assesses Nuke Talks with Iran

      On April 9, a senior U.S.

Kerry: Talks Aim to Extend Breakout Window

            On April 8, Secretary of State John Kerry testified on diplomatic efforts to solve the Iranian nuclear dispute at a budget hear

Congress Rejects Iran’s UN Envoy Pick

             On April 7, the Senate unanimously passed a bill by Ted Cruz (R-TX) barring known terrorists from obtaining visas to ente

US Briefs on April Vienna Nuke Talks

      On April 4, the U.S.

Treasury’s Cohen: Sanctions Update

            On April 2, Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen briefed the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government o

Iran Top Issue in Obama Visit to Saudi Arabia

     On March 28, President Barac

US Opens Way for Academic Exchanges

            On March 20, the U.S. Treasury authorized accredited U.S.

Congress Warns Iran in Letters to Obama

      On March 18, 83 U

Kerry on Disappearance of Robert Levinson

            On March 9, Secretary of State Kerry asked Iran to work cooperatively to ensure the safe return of retired FBI agent Robert Lev

Kerry: Time to Seize Diplomatic Moment

            On March 2 and 3, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration’s commi

US Briefs Israel on Iran Nuke Talks

      On February 22, Under Secretary of State f

Treasury Exempts Sanctions on Technology

            On February 7, the U.S.

Treasury Targets Sanctions Evaders

            On February 6, the Treasury announced sanctions targeting entities and individuals across Europe and the Middle East for evadi

State Dept Outlines Terms for Enduring Nuke Deal

            On February 4, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Rela

Treasury Dept: Sanctions Far from Being Lifted

            On February 4, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S.

State of the Union: Obama on Iran

            On Janua

Kerry at Davos: Addresses Iran Issues

            Secretary of State John Kerry spoke extensively about Iran at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Day 1 of Nuke Deal: US, IAEA, EU Remarks

            The nuclear deal between Iran and the world’s six major powers went into effect on January 20.

White House: New Sanctions Amount to War Resolution

            On January 9, the White House warned that a new Iran sanctions bill proposed in the Senate could push the United States toward war

Obama Warns Congress Against New Sanctions

      On December 20, President

US Sanctions Networks Linked to Nuclear Program

      On December 12, the U.S.

Treasury: Sanctions Relief Limited, Temporary and Reversible

            On December 12, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S.

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