Chuck Schumer Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal, Shaking Democratic Firewall

Good move by Schumer..
Kerry had the best intentions but he’s just not good enough at negotiations.. the result was not good enough..

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer, the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, said Thursday night that he would oppose President Obama’s deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

“Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed,” Mr. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in a lengthy statement. “This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval.”

(..) Mr. Schumer said that the inspection regime in the first 10 years of the agreement would be too weak, and that provisions to reimpose sanctions if Iran cheated were too onerous. He said his most serious concerns were with the freedom that Iran would have after 10 years to quickly build a nuclear weapon.

“To me, after 10 years, if Iran is the same nation as it is today, we will be worse off with this agreement than without it,” he said.


As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves

So maybe it’s really plunging into chaos now…..
It’s starting to look like a classic "power vacuum" situation.. and the US is looking like fools… and it really hurts to watch these naive WH people doing "diplomacy" and flying around the world to conduct negotiations and "top-level" meetings and so on…

CAIRO — As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it.

The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks.

Through Egypt, a major beneficiary of Saudi aid, the kingdom is backing plans for a combined Arab military force to combat Iranian influence around the region. With another major aid recipient, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is also expected to step up its efforts to develop a nuclear bomb, potentially setting off an arms race in the region.

Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal

They’ve probably been looking forward to this last minute drama for weeks and months… knowing they can grab more.. it’s a psychological game…

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country.

For months, Iran tentatively agreed that it would send a large portion of its stockpile of uranium to Russia, where it would not be accessible for use in any future weapons program. But on Sunday Iran’s deputy foreign minister made a surprise comment to Iranian reporters, ruling out an agreement that involved giving up a stockpile that Iran has spent years and billions of dollars to amass.

“The export of stocks of enriched uranium is not in our program, and we do not intend sending them abroad,”
the official, Abbas Araqchi, told the Iranian media, according to Agence France-Presse. “There is no question of sending the stocks abroad.”

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

Two days left… for reaching a preliminary agreement..
The Iranians are probably just making a mockery out of Kerry & Obama’s efforts…. dragging feet.. and not following the terms afterwards..

But let’s see…

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran may accept new constraints on uranium enrichment but is pushing back about the length of limits on technology it could use to make nuclear arms, Western officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Tuesday is the target date in the nuclear talks for a preliminary agreement that would set the stage for a further round of negotiations toward a comprehensive deal by June 30. The goal is a long-term curb on Iran’s nuclear activities, with Tehran gaining relief from the burden of economic penalties imposed by the West.

Foreign ministers and other representatives from Iran and the six powers in the talks have said the negotiations have a chance of succeeding by Tuesday.

The two Western officials who outlined the state of the talks spoke on condition of anonymity because the officials were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. negotiators were aiming for a strong deal. By accepting constraints on their atomic activities, the Iranians would "live up to their rhetoric that they are not trying to acquire a nuclear weapon," he said in Washington on ABC’s "This Week."

Iran’s Top Leader: GOP Letter Points to US ‘Disintegration’

The worst of it… is that he’s dead right..


TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday that a letter from Republican lawmakers warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped by the next U.S. president is a sign of “disintegration” in Washington.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the letter a sign of “the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration,” according to the official IRNA news agency. It was the first reaction to the letter by Khamenei, who has the final say over all major policies.

Six powers clinch breakthrough deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activity | Reuters

This looks promising.. good work by Kerry…
But sad to see Bibi… and how the right wing in Israel is constantly overplaying their hand..

(Reuters) – Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.

Aimed at easing a long festering standoff, the interim pact between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

(..) But Israel, Iran’s arch-enemy a U.S. ally, denounced the agreement as an "historic mistake". Critics in the U.S. Congress were quick to voice concern, with some raising the spectre of failure to rein in North Korea on its nuclear programmes, but they signalled that Congress would likely give the deal a chance to work.

Roadblocks Remain as Officials Work Toward Iranian Nuclear Pact –

Despite some bumps in the road there seems to be real progress here.. and it might look like Sec State John Kerry is a driving force in this..
Which if so.. is adding to his forceful entry in his job.. already with more tangible accomplishments than Hillary managed in her four years..

GENEVA — With Secretary of State John Kerry and other ranking Western officials converging here on Friday, negotiators wrestled with the final hurdles to a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran that would temporarily freeze its nuclear program.

But they quit shortly before midnight, still confronting several difficult issues. Among the most contentious issues during the talks have been the fate of a reactor that Iran is building near Arak, what to do about Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium and how much relief to give Iran from punishing economic sanctions.

Iran’s President Rouhani says determined to resolve nuclear issue | Reuters

More opening moves from the new President of Iran.. the tone is a bit different.. but the coming weeks will show…

Iranian President Hassan Rohani gestures to the media during a news conference in Tehran June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Fars News/Majid Hagdost

(Reuters) – Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he was "seriously determined" to resolve a dispute with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program and was ready to enter "serious and substantive" negotiations on the issue.

But addressing his first news conference as president, he said the other side should realize a solution could be reached "solely through talks, not threats". He said he was confident the concerns of both sides could be removed in a short time.

Hopes for a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear issue have risen with Rouhani’s win over conservative rivals in June, when voters replaced hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a cleric whose watchword is "moderation" but who is still very much an Islamic Republic insider.

The United States said it would be a "willing partner" if Iran was serious about finding a peaceful solution to the issue.