Iran Threatens to Go Nuclear If Talks Fail

Hassan Rouhani

VIENNA—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hinted this week that Iran would decide to fully pursue its nuclear program in a way “harsher than what they [the United States can] imagine” if Western powers fail to uphold any nuclear agreement expected to be finalized in the coming days.

White House Denies Obama Letter to Iran

White House

VIENNA—Iranian reports claiming that President Barack Obama sent a “secret” message to the Islamic Republic in a bid to soothe ties between the two nations are inaccurate, according to a senior Obama administration official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Big Hurdles to Iran Nuclear Deal as Deadline Looms

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna

VIENNA (Reuters) – As a June 30 deadline for a final nuclear deal approaches, major differences remain between Iran and world powers on several key issues including sanctions relief and U.N. access to Iranian sites, a senior Western diplomat said on Friday.

Congress Moves to Impose Sanctions on Iran

Hassan Rouhani

Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) revived on Thursday long-stalled legislation to impose and extend sanctions on Iran for a period of at least 10 more years, according to sources familiar with the move.
The bipartisan bid to extend economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic comes ahead of a self-imposed June 30 deadline for Western powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran.