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London, 12 Sep - United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by US Republicans to the Iran nuclear deal.

The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place, Reuters reported.

Vienna, 9 Sep - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Wednesday that information provided by Iran regarding its nuclear programme contained "ambiguities" and that it was seeking clarification from Tehran, AFP reported.

"The IAEA submitted on 8 September questions to Iran on ambiguities regarding the information Iran provided to the IAEA on 15 August 2015", the United Nations nuclear watchdog said.

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London, 7 Aug - Retired US General Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that despite the Obama administration's attempts to reach a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programme, the Tehran regime simply cannot be expected to show moderation. He argues in the Miami Herald on Friday that the only long-term solution to Iran’s nuclear aspirations, meddling in regional affairs and human-rights abuses, is a totally new system of governance based on democracy and secularism:

Washington, 9 Sep - United States Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday not to shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, the former US Secretary of State reiterated her support for the accord but cautioned that she would take an approach of "distrust and verify" toward Iran if she won the November 2016 presidential election.

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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London, 8 Sep - It will take a lot of work to determine by the end of the year whether Iran was previously developing nuclear weapons, the head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said on Monday, according to Reuters.

Alongside the July 14 political agreement with six world powers world powers, Iran reached a roadmap accord with the International Atomic Energy Agency which requires Tehran to pass on enough information about its past nuclear program to allow the U.N. body to report on the issue by December.

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, 1 Sep - Former Cincinnati mayor Ken Blackwell, in an article published on Townhall.com on Monday expressed concern and doubt over the recent nuclear negotiations with Iran. He said that regardless of how the Obama administration try and convince the world that the deal is good, it is essentially a “bad deal” that “fails at its core objective of closing all pathways for Tehran getting the bomb”.

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

London, 26 Aug - As the US Congress reviews the Iran nuclear deal, it faces the hardest choice in foreign affairs: whether to threaten or appease an adversary. The proper choice, scholars agree, depends on the rival’s intent, Prof. Alan J. Kuperman wrote on Tuesday in The Hill.

"If the other country is 'status quo' – just wants to be left alone to prosper without dominating other countries or flouting international rules – we should concede its limited demands. Appeasement is not a dirty word in such a case, but the ideal foreign policy. However, if the other country is 'revisionist' – seeking to dominate others and overturn the global order – we must deter it through coercion including the threat of force", he wrote.

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.

London, 20 Aug - The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) indicated on Thursday that it has nearly finished examining Tehran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers but will announce no conclusion before the U.S. Congress does.

The SNSC and the Majlis (Parliament) are both perusing the text of the July 14 pact mandating Iran to curb its nuclear work in exchange for a removal of sanctions, mirroring Congress which has the right to approve or reject it in a vote to be taken by Sept. 17.

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.

The Associated Press
By GEORGE JAHN

VIENNA (AP) — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

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Washington, 29 Jul - A former international nuclear inspector, an Iranian opposition figure, and the former Commander of the USS Cole will discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal and its impact on regional security, nuclear weapons verification challenges and its impact inside Iran at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Monday, 3 August at 10:30 a.m.

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London, 14 Aug - Revelations of Iran's nuclear sites by the main opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), alerted the world to Tehran’s clandestine nuclear weapons programme and has prevented the regime thus far from obtaining a nuclear weapon, writes Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Tehran, 21 Jul - The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) objected on Monday to the United Nations Security Council resolution that is part of the landmark nuclear agreement, asserting it crossed some “red lines” concerning Iranian defences.

The objection, by Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, appeared to open a new point of contention within Iran’s political hierarchy.

General Jafari’s remarks, reported in an interview with Iran's state-run Tasnim news agency, appeared to be primarily concerned with the restrictions in the Security Council resolution on the Iranian regime’s missile capabilities.

Sir David Amess is the Conservative MP for Southend West in the House of Commons and co-chair of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF). He writes for the Business Insider and is of the opinion that the nuclear deal is a weak deal. It is a step backward with respect to the type of concessions the west could have gotten from Tehran if they had stuck to our guns.

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