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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.

Kerry Warns Congress Against New Sanctions

           On December 10, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress to hold off on imposing new sanctions while world powers seek a compreh

US and Israeli Leaders Split on Nuclear Deal

           Top U.S.

Kerry and Zarif: Selling the Deal in Video Pitches

            The following are two videos featuring Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Geneva Deal II: President Obama on Merits of Talks

             On November 23, President Barack Obama welcomed the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program as an important first step

Geneva Deal IV: Congressional Reaction

              U.S.

Obama Briefs Congress, Appeals on Iran Deal

            On November 19, President Barack Obama appealed to key Democratic and Republican senators to support an interim deal on Iran&rs

Sanctions: How Much is Iran Hurting?

      Sanctions are costing Iran some $5 billion a month &mda

Obama Says No to New Sanctions for Now

            On November 14, President Barack Obama urged Congress to give diplomacy a chance ahead of another round of talks with Iran.

Kerry to Congress: Allow Time for Talks

            On November 14, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that passing new U.S.

Part III: Opposition to a Deal - Congress

            Any deal on Iran’s controversial nuclear program may need Congressional approval.

Kerry on Iran Nuclear Talks

            On October 28, Secretary of State John Kerry said not testing Iran’s intentions to solve the nuclear dispute would be th

New Progress in Iran Nuke Talks?

            After talks on October 15 and 16, Iran and the world’s six powers reported that the nuclear talks were “substantive an

On the Record: Zarif, Kerry, Rice on US-Iran Talks

            On September 29, top officials from Iran and the United States explained their goals and reasoning in the first-ever talks betw

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