Earlier today, Israel's Housing Ministry announced plans for new settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, prompting Palestinians to threaten to walk out of peace talks.
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty does not explicitly cite a 'right' to enrich uranium, and how the US and other powers resolve this dispute has implications beyond Iran.
The failure of recent talks between Iran and world powers on its nuclear program could help hardliners opposed to a deal. Negotiators are scrambling to prevent that.
If anything, Congress wants to ramp up sanctions against Iran, not soften them, asserting that only more economic hardship can persuade Tehran to dismantle its nuclear program.
French objections helped block talks that appeared close to a preliminary deal. Kerry warned each day of delay meant 'Iran will continue to enrich, and Iran will continue to put centrifuges in.'
France stalled a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program. France is concerned that a draft of a first-step deal was too favorable to Iran. Talks continued in Geneva Saturday. .
A first-phase nuclear deal with Iran appeared imminent, spurring Secretary of State John Kerry and European foreign ministers to rush to Geneva.
Negotiators have a new two-phase plan to halt expansion of Iran's nuclear program before a final deal, but the plan does not ease most punishing sanctions.
Iran and six world powers return to talks Thursday on the country's nuclear program. Despite word that Iran would be ready to put specifics on the table, that doesn’t appear to be the case now.
John Kerry faces two formidable challenges in his visit to the Mideast: keep frustrated Palestinians committed to peace talks, and reassure Israel's Netanyahu that Obama isn't going soft on Iran.