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London, 3 Aug – The Obama administration’s hopes of using “snapback sanctions” if Iran is caught transgressing the terms of the current nuclear deal are flawed, writes John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations. The following is the text of his op-ed in Monday’s edition of The New York Times:

The Iran Deal’s Dangerous Precedent

The New York Times

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Washington, 3 Aug – The recent nuclear deal between the US and Iran doesn’t address a key source of tension: the billions of dollars US courts say Iran owes to terrorism victims, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Over the past two decades, terrorism victims have filed about 100 lawsuits against Iran in US courts, accusing the government of sponsoring attacks around the world, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, the journal reported on Monday. Federal judges have awarded victims a total of approximately $45 billion, including $21.6 billion in compensatory damages, according to calculations by Crowell & Moring LLP. Iran has refused to pay.

London, 3 Aug – The Obama administration must provide the US Congress details of the secret "Iran side deals before US lawmakers votes on whether to endorse the major power powers' recent nuclear agreement with Iran, two senior US lawmakers wrote on Monday in The Wall Street Journal:

Release the Secret Iran Deals

The Wall Street Journal

Washington, 30 Jul - The Obama administration's nuclear deal earlier this month with Iran does not prevent Tehran from having a "nuclear weapons capability", an official of the main opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran has said.

"A closer look at the details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, however, provides little cause for celebration", Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI's Washington office, wrote on Thursday in Roll Call.

Washington, 29 Jul - United States Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince US lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

Days after tough questioning by lawmakers at an emotional Senate hearing, Kerry sharpened his response to criticism that the deal's provisions were temporary and would not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in the long run.

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