U.S. to Give Iran Another $2.8 Billion, Concedes Enrichment

Just a matter of how much, White House says
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media after closed-door nuclear talks on Iran taking place in Vienna

The United States will give Iran access to another $2.8 billion over the next several months and appears to have conceded to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to domestically enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, according to senior Obama administration officials.

State Dept. Backtracks After Kerry Suggests New Iran Sanctions Needed

Kerry told group of Jewish lawmakers administration is open to new sanctions bill
Hassan Rouhani

Lawmakers came out swinging on Thursday afternoon after the State Department issued a blanket denial regarding statements that Secretary of State John Kerry made to members of Congress earlier that morning about the potential need for new sanctions on Iran.

Iran, Turkey Meet Amid ‘Massive Sanctions Busting’ Schemes

First meeting between Iranian president and Turkey in nearly 20 years
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, right, and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani / AP

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Turkey this week for the first official high-level meeting in nearly 20 years, sparking speculation that the two nations are growing closer as a means to offset U.S. power in the region and further solidify a deal meant to skirt U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

U.S. Sanctions Did Not Provoke Pearl Harbor

Analysis: Sanctions were a response to Japanese aggression, not its cause, historical record shows
The USS West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor / AP

Earlier this week, a video clip surfaced in which Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said, in the context of talking about sanctions on Iran, that “leading up to World War II, we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily.” Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post reported on the video, accusing Paul of essentially attributing U.S. involvement in World War II to American provocations. Paul’s office rushed to respond.

Jeff Merkley Has Advocated Soft Line on Iran Since 1979

College thesis reveals belief that America’s global power, influence are waning
Jeff Merkley

The senator who fronted a campaign against new sanctions on Iran earlier this year has since 1979 been advocating that the United States take a soft line on Iran due to his belief that America’s global power and influence are waning, according to a copy of the lawmaker’s 235-page college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Iranian Nuke Sites Hit with ‘Sabotage’

Iranian officials in panic, urge vigilance over ‘enemy’ plots
Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak / AP

Iranian officials revealed on Monday that several “new acts of sabotage” had taken place at its controversial Arak nuclear reactor facility and that other so-called “enemy plots” had been carried out at its other key nuclear sites.

Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran

Companies with more than $107B in DoD contracts eyeing Tehran
Hassan Rouhani

Multiple companies currently exploring new business ventures in Iran are also cashing in on highly lucrative contracts with the U.S. Defense Department, raising questions about whether their dealings with Iran could run afoul of U.S. law.