With John Kerry currently working to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran in Lausanne before tomorrow’s deadline, consider just how much the White House has been willing to sacrifice to get to this point. Even those supportive of the White House concede that some sort of general collapse is underway in the Middle East. They avoid those words like “collapse” or “chaos”, preferring metaphors like the “shifting” of “tectonic plates” (this example from the Center for American Progress’s Brian Katulis) implying that, as with volcanos and earthquakes, the Obama administration didn’t cause what is happening, and can’t do a darn thing about it anyway.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Iranian negotiators are becoming rigid and unmoving in their stance on a range of key nuclear issues in talks, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations who said Tehran is angling to elicit as many concessions as possible from the United States as the talks reach a critical stage ahead of the looming March 31 deadline.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program. A series of conversations between …
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Senate Democrats are moving to block a new proposal that would enable Congress to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran if it cheats on a nuclear agreement with the West that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to sources in and outside of Congress with knowledge of the situation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog has had limited progress in its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear activities, the agency’s chief said on Monday, days ahead of an approaching deadline for a framework deal between Iran and world powers over the disputed program.