A senior Iranian military leader said on Tuesday that Iran will not acquiesce to Western nuclear negotiators and that the regime is “more distrustful than ever” of the United States, according to state-run media reports.
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday will seek to dim the optimism after nuclear talks with Iran, cautioning that Tehran is strengthening its strategic regional position by calling the shots in Syria as President Bashar al-Assad’s puppet master.
In talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Wednesday, Netanyahu is expected to argue against easing Western sanctions on Iran, which hinted at recent Geneva talks it was willing to scale back its nuclear program.
Nine Democratic and Republican U.S. senators said on Monday they were open to suspending the implementation of new sanctions on Iran but only if Tehran takes significant steps to slow its nuclear program.
The Iranian economy is just 18 months away from collapse according to Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz.
Numerous organizations and activists have called for closer scrutiny and condemnation of Iran’s human rights and civil liberties abuses ahead of the latest round of negotiations on the country’s nuclear program.
A senior State Department official on Thursday urged members of Congress to hold off on sanctioning Iran while the Obama administration attempts to court the rogue regime, according to testimony offered before the Senate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s pro-democracy rhetoric as a “ruse” and a “ploy,” and vowed that Israel is prepared to take unilateral actions to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons during an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
A group of Republican Senators led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) called on President Barack Obama to increase pressure on the Iranian government on Tuesday following news reports that Obama has been privately reaching out to Iranian President Hassan Rowhani through diplomatic channels. The senators wrote in a letter to Obama that they were …