Washington, 29 Jun - Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday that the United States has lost its edge going into the final days of international negotiations with Iran to curbs its nuclear projects in return for an end to economic sanctions.

“I would actually fear that the Iranians have the upper hand right now,” Hayden said on ‘Fox News Sunday’.

Washington, 25 Jun - Iran's main opposition group on Thursday unveiled a detailed report on Tehran's strategies in nuclear negotiations with the world powers, which it is purportedly pursuing to keep its nuclear infrastructure intact and retain the capability to produce a nuclear weapon.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the group which first blew the whistle on Iran's secret uranium enrichment and heavy-water sites in 2002, provided the 28-page report titled “Can the Iran regime be trusted?” at a press conference in Washington.

US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran's foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.

The telephone calls came after Kerry raised eyebrows among some Western officials by saying the U.S. was "not fixated" on any past Iranian work, about which it already had "absolute knowledge," and was looking to the future instead, Reuters reported.

By Alireza Jafarzadeh : In defending the Framework of Understanding reached between the P5+1 and Tehran during the marathon talks in Switzerland, President Obama declared at the Rose Garden that Iran has “agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history.” The White House version of the framework insists, “Iran will be required to grant access to the IAEA to investigate suspicious sites or allegations of a covert enrichment facility, conversion facility, centrifuge production facility, or yellowcake production facility anywhere in the country.”

US Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Washington, 25 Jun - The Obama Administration is "dropping its bottom-line by the day" in international negotiations over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons programme, US Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement on Wednesday.

A report by the Associated Press on Wednesday indicated that a possible agreement is set to offer Tehran high-tech reactors and convert Iran’s underground facility at Fordo for isotope production.

“The Obama Administration is dropping its bottom-line by the day. This morning it’s reported that Fordo will be used for isotope production. While we once demanded that this hardened mountain-top facility be shut, we are now on the verge of accepting technology there that can quickly be re-engineered for bomb-making fuel", Royce said in a statement.

London, 25 Jun - Former European lawmaker Struan Stevenson is warning that with the deadline for signing a nuclear deal with Iran looming on 30 June, US President Barack Obama seems to be committing to too many concessions and weakening the West's approach to the Iranian regime.

Stevenson on Thursday wrote in the United Press International: "Obama has conceded that Iran's expanding ballistic missile programme should be left out of any nuclear deal, despite the fact that they now have missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads and striking targets in Israel, Saudi Arabia or even Europe. North Korea has been an active partner with the Iranian regime in supplying weapons technology and a recent visit by senior North Korean missile experts to Tehran has confirmed fears that the regime is accelerating the size and quality of its intercontinental ballistic missile capability. Vladimir Putin has also now decided to renew a contract to deliver S-300 surface to air missile systems to Iran".


On March 23, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),Yukiya Amano, once again emphasized that his

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organization’s probe of the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program had made only very limited progress, owing to a general lack of Iranian cooperation. Earlier in the month, Amano called upon Iran to accept snap inspections of suspicious sites in order to help resolve outstanding questions about Iran’s intentions and its proximity to nuclear weapon capability.

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London, 24 Jun - Iran’s main opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is credited with exposing Tehran’s key nuclear sites, says it plans to unveil a detailed report on Thursday, 25 June on how Tehran has gained concessions from the West to keep its nuclear infrastructure intact.

The group’s US Representative Office plans to provide the report in an online conference at 10.30 am EST (16.30 European Time).

After eight days of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne, finally a nuclear framework agreement was reached. However, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday, that it is too early to celebrate an agreement on Iran's nuclear programme, one that has not made sure that Iran would stick to what they promised to do.

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Washington, 20 Jun – US Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chided on Friday the Obama administration over comments by Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that the US would be prepared to accept concessions regarding full disclosure of Iran’s past attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, including permitting sanctions relief before those issues are fully resolved.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance described the nuclear deal framework agreement reached between the 5+1 countries and the Iranian regime as a retreat by the mullahs and ‘a step toward drinking the chalice of nuclear poison’ but warned that ‘a statement of generalities, lacking Khamenei approval, will never block the path to the regime obtaining nuclear weapons.’

More than 220 Euro MPs have called on Iran to allow unrestricted access to nuclear inspectors, and to end its widespread executions, repression and abuses of human rights.

The Brussels lawmakers from all political parties and 28 European countries made the demand in a statement sent to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, and Javad Zarif, the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister are due to meet in Geneva this weekend. The talks will be part of the ongoing effort to achieve a comprehensive agreement regarding the nuclear program in Tehran.

It is essential to the deal that inspection and verification visits preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons are allowed. The Obama administration still upholds the opinion that the nuclear deal will block the path of the regime to the bomb according to the NCRI.

The hostility amongst members of the Congress is growing against the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, leaving the President with scarce political cover as he the deadline to this deal approaches. Officials in the administration say that they are hoping to complete the agreement by the end of the month. Should a deal be reached it would lead to a metamorphosis of US and Iranian relations and give the President his most important foreign policy achievement of his second term. As details of the still changing talks have leaked out of Geneva where the Secretary of State John Kerry is spear heading the process, lawmakers are increasing their concerns that the administration is granting too many concessions to Tehran.

The main Iranian opposition group, the National Council of the Resistance of Iran revealed on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak in 2002 and has many other revelations.


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