The U.S.’s top nuclear negotiator admitted on Tuesday that Iran could continue developing ballistic missiles under the recently inked nuclear accord meant to scale back Tehran’s nuclear program.
Under pressure from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman conceded that the U.S. failed to “shut down” Iran’s ongoing development of ballistic missiles, which have long range capabilities and are the preferred weapon for delivering a nuclear payload.
Secretary of State John Kerry took to the airwaves to defend the Iran-P5+1 diplomatic deal that was reached in Geneva early Sunday morning.
“This negotiation is not the art of fantasy or the art of the ideal, it’s the art of the possible, which is verifiable and clear in its capacity to be able to make Israel and the region safer,” Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Following a strong reelection victory on Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie (R., N.J.) appeared on four Sunday shows to discuss his win and its significance for the future of the Republican Party.
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.
Former President George W. Bush said in a speech Tuesday that he will not trust Iran until its intentions toward Israel change, according to the Times of Israel.
The latest round of nuclear negotiations between world leaders and Iran this week are not likely to lead to a comprehensive deal, according to President Obama’s former “WMD Czar.”
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel urged world powers that resumed talks with Iran on Tuesday to demand a full rollback of the Iranian nuclear program and not to ease economic sanctions on Tehran prematurely.
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.