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U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks – NYTimes.com

The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch …

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Iran’s nuclear programme: A red line and a reeling rial | The Economist

SIX YEARS ago, when America and Europe were putting in place the first raft of measures to press Iran to come clean over its nuclear ambitions, the talk was of “smart” sanctions. The West, it was stressed, had no quarrel with the Iranian people—only with a regime that seemed bent on …

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United States and Israel Engage in Public Spat Over Iran Policy – NYTimes.com

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel harshly criticized the Obama administration on Tuesday over recent statements that the United States would not set deadlines or draw “red lines” for Iran over its disputed uranium enrichment activities, calling such comments a signal to the Iranians that they could build …

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Israel’s Fading Democracy – NYTimes.com

WHEN an American presidential candidate visits Israel and his key message is to encourage us to pursue a misguided war with Iran, declaring it “a solemn duty and …

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Iran and nuclear weapons: Sticks now, carrots later | The Economist

OPTIMISM, in the intricate and frustrating world of international wrangling about Iran’s nuclear programme, is a relative concept. But the White House did call the opening of talks between Iran and the “5+1 group” (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in Istanbul four weeks ago a “positive first step”. After several months in …

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Global Powers and Iran Meet in Baghdad – NYTimes.com

Six global powers, including the United States, resumed negotiations with Iran here on Wednesday a day after Tehran signaled willingness to allow potentially intrusive international inspections of secret military facilities, raising expectations that it was searching for a …

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Attacking Iran: Up in the air | The Economist

THE crisis has been a long time coming. Iran started exploring paths to nuclear weaponry before the fall of the shah in 1979. Ten years ago the outside world learned of the plants it was building to provide …

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U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb – NYTimes.com

Even as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear …

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Nuclear Inspectors Say Iran Mission Has Failed – NYTimes.com

A visit by international nuclear inspectors to Iran ended in failure Tuesday. Tehran not only blocked access to a site the inspectors believe could have been used for tests on how to produce a nuclear …

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Aggressive Acts by Iran Signal Pressure on Its Leadership – NYTimes.com

A string of aggressive gestures by Iran this week — assassination attempts on Israelis living abroad that were attributed to Tehran, renewed posturing over its …

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Israelis See Iran’s Threats of Retaliation as Bluff – NYTimes.com

Israeli intelligence estimates, backed by academic studies, have cast doubt on the widespread assumption that a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would set off a catastrophic set of events like a regional conflagration, widespread acts of terrorism and sky-high …

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Face-Off With Iran Complicates Obama’s Re-election Campaign – NYTimes.com

The escalating American confrontation with Iran poses a major new political threat to President Obama as he heads into his campaign for re-election, presenting him with choices that could harm either the economic recovery or his image as a …

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