Tensions Rise Over Granting Iran Access to U.S. Dollar

John Kerry

Treasury Department officials are moving to reassure Congress that Iran will not be granted access to U.S. financial markets following comments by top Obama administration officials suggesting such a plan was under consideration, according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and conversations with congressional sources.

Congress Investigating Obama Admin Deception on Iran Nuke Deal

John Kerry

Congress is investigating whether the Obama administration misled lawmakers last summer about the extent of concessions granted to Iran under the nuclear deal, as well as if administration officials have been quietly rewriting the deal’s terms in the aftermath of the agreement, according to sources and a formal notice sent to the State Department.

Congress Seeks Fight Over Obama Effort to Give Iran Access to U.S. Markets

U.S. capitol building

Leading foreign policy voices in Congress say they are preparing to fight against an Obama administration effort to provide Iran unprecedented access to U.S. financial markets under a revised sanctions relief package meant to address the Islamic Republic’s demand for greater economic freedom, according to several conversations between the Washington Free Beacon and top lawmakers.

U.N. Council to Vote on North Korea Sanctions Text Agreed by U.S., China

Kim Jong Un

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council plans to vote on Tuesday on a U.S.-Chinese resolution that would dramatically expand existing U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang, including requiring inspections of all cargo going to and from North Korea and blacklisting North Koreans active in Syria, Iran and Vietnam.

Iran to Begin Construction on Two New Nuke Plants

Iran President Hassan Rouhani

The head of Iran’s atomic energy organization announced on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic, with assistance from Russia and China, will move forward on the construction of two new nuclear power plants, according to comments published in Iranian state-controlled media.