The United States on Monday rejected criticism that world powers negotiating with Iran have been making too many compromises in nuclear talks with Iran, saying it hoped to get a good agreement but was not certain that was achievable.
Senior U.S. and Iranian officials said much hard work still needs to be done to bridge significant differences on an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that concessions to Iran are increasing as it approaches the deadline for its nuclear talks with world powers.
A group of prominent American security advisers, including five with ties to President Barrack Obama’s first term, warned on Wednesday that a deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was at risk of failing to provide adequate safeguards.
Iran’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday banning access for U.N. inspectors to its military sites and scientists, potentially complicating chances for a nuclear accord with world powers as a self-imposed June 30 deadline approaches.
Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And U.S. President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a skeptical Congress.
Chuck Schumer has been one of the staunchest Democratic critics of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. So Jewish activists were surprised when he softened his tone.
Two of Israel’s top retired generals told the Jerusalem Post conference how they resisted military action against Iran. J.J. Goldberg reports that the explanation drew howls of outrage from right-wingers who believe attacking Tehran is the only way to protect the Jewish state.
Three European hotels that hosted the Iran nuclear talks reportedly were targeted by a computer virus widely believed to be used as spyware by Israel.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon voiced concern on Tuesday that Washington’s supply of advanced arms to Gulf Arab states to deter Iran could eventually challenge Israel’s U.S.-backed regional military supremacy.