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Geneva Deal IV: Congressional Reaction


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

Obama’s Historic Call with Rouhani

            On September 27, President Barack Obama revealed that he had a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

First US-Iran Step On Nuclear Talks

            In the hint of a possible breakthrough, Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held the

US Reaction to Rouhani at UN: Part 1

             Senior U.S.

Obama Speaks on Iran at UN

      President Barack Obama told the U.N.

Obama and Rouhani Exchange Letters

             President Barack Obama confirmed in a televised interview that he has exchanged letters with President Hassan Rouhani.

Obama: Shifting Language on Iran?

            On September 10, President Barack Obama warned that inaction in the face of Syria’s use of chemical weapons would embolde

U.S. Eases Sanctions for Medicine, Sports

            On September 10, the U.S. Treasury eased sanctions on humanitarian activity and athletic exchanges with Iran.

US Expands Sanctions, EU Court Voids Others

            On September 6, Iran faced new sanctions imposed by the United States as the top European court mandated the lifting of sanctio

US Renews Sanctions Waivers for 11 Nations

            On September 6, the United States extended Iran sanctions waivers to Japan and 10 E.U.

Iran Factor in U.S. Syria Strike

            Iran has been a constant subtext of the Obama administration’s campaign to justify a military strike on Syria.

Obama on New Iranian President

            On August 4, the Obama administration welcomed Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration as Iran’s new president.

A Setback for US-Iran?

            On July 31, the U.S.

US Eases Rules on Export of Humanitarian Aid

            On July 25, the United States introduced new measures to ease the export of humanitarian goods, especially medical supplies, t

US Report: Limited Sanctions Impact

            The following are excerpts from a new Congressional Research Service report on Iran sanctions with a link

Obama on Rouhani Victory

      On June 17, President Barack Obama said

Election: US Reacts to Results

            In two separate statements, the United States called

US Sanctions Iran Leadership

           On June 4, the United States sanctioned a major network of front companies for hiding assets on behalf of Iranian leaders.

US Sanctions Iran Currency

      On June 3, the United States imposed sanctions for the first time on Iran’s currency, the rial.

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