(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: #Iran VP Pence tells congress of Trumps announcement to withdraw from ‘ Nuclear Deal ‘ and immediately apply sanctions he says ‘ A decaying and rotten deal” and he will withdraw the US from Obama-era nuclear agreement but will to do a deal that is long and lasting #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.08: Editor says this is what we know so far: Vice President Pence is notifying Hill leaders that President Trump will announce withdrawal, according to a senior congressional source: President Trump’s final decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was made over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the discussions, though it was long considered a foregone conclusion inside the White House #AceNewsDesk reports

National security adviser John Bolton — an Iran hawk who nonetheless told people he was committed to providing all options to Trump — offered a variety of paths, including reimposing all sanctions, applying new sanctions or allowing for more time to negotiate with the Europeans.

Trump determined that more time would not bridge disagreements, most pointedly his demand that Iran’s nuclear program be curbed past the current deal’s sunset.

In his talks with Macron and Merkel, Trump left little doubt that he was planning to withdraw, according to Western diplomats. But he insisted he hadn’t made a final decision and kept his plans very close to the vest in the lead-up to today’s announcement.

We’re waiting for President Trump’s 2 p.m. ET announcement on the Iran deal. Vice President Pence is notifying Hill leaders that Trump will withdraw from it, a congressional source says.

— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) 6:40 PM – May 8, 2018

Vice President Pence is telling Congress that Trump will announce a withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, says a senior congressional source https://cnn.it/2IovApqpic.twitter.com/NKO2Qy8Ex6 here what he said: #Breaking144 – “A decaying and rotten deal” – Trump says he will withdraw the US from Obama-era nuclear agreement with #Iran: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44045957 Donald Trump says Iran will want a “new and lasting deal” and he is “ready, willing and able” to negotiate when Ira… https://t.co/h0LrasOGgr

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TEHRAN: Iran says it has transferred 11 tons of heavy water, which can be used in the production of nuclear arms, to Oman as @Paul Ryan confirmed a letter had been sent to Obama to asking him to halt any plans for new concessions – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: This is from our breaking news earlier on
#Breaking144 – US House Speaker Paul Ryan says he, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Ed Royce sent letter to US President #Obama asking him to halt any plans for new concessions to #Iran – @SpeakerRyan – @AceBreakingNews
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#AceBreakingNews – Nov.22: US House Speaker Paul Ryan says he, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Ed Royce sent letter to US President #Obama asking him to halt any plans for new concessions to #Iran – @SpeakerRyan

Iran says it has moved 11 tons of heavy water to Oman
// The Times of Israel
The head of Iran’s nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by official media Tuesday as saying that the heavy water, which is used to cool reactors that produce plutonium, was transferred to the Arab country. Oman often serves as a mediator between Iran and the West.

On Sunday, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said that the heavy water was being transferred to Oman for sale, as several foreign firms and countries

A recent report from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran exceeded its heavy water limit by 100 kilograms (220 pounds) over the 130 metric tons allowed under last year’s nuclear agreement, a small but significant violation, drawing criticicism from the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, for Tehran’s second breach this year of the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

(Left to right) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , IAEA director general Yukiya Amano and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrive for a news conference in Vienna on January 16, 2016 (AFP / APA / HANS PUNZ)

“It is important that such situations should be avoided in the future in order to maintain international confidence in the implementation” of the deal, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said last week in Vienna.

Heavy water, a modified form of normal water, is used in certain types of nuclear reactors.

The 2015 nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, states that Iran’s “needs” are estimated to be around 130 metric tons of heavy water.

The 2015 nuclear accord went into effect in January to cap Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

US president-elect Donald Trump has said his “number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” and that “we will enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me,” leading to much speculation on the future of the nuclear deal.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.


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UN: ‘ Report on efforts to clarify activity at Parchin Military site causes scepticism on Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:UNITED NATIONS:Aug.08: A prominent United States think tank on Friday questioned Iran’s explanation for activity at its Parchin military site visible in satellite imagery, saying the movement of vehicles did not appear related to road work.

IRAN Parchin  IAEA

Satellite image of Parchin site 2012 AP/Institute for Science & International Security.

The US-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said this week that Iran might be sanitising its Parchin military site, where some countries suspect experiments may have taken place in a possible atomic weapons program. Iran denied it, saying it was part of road works near the Mamloo Dam.

The think-tank issued a fresh analysis on Friday disputing Iran’s story.

“Commercial satellite imagery does not support the Iranian explanation,” the think tank said in a statement. “ISIS analysed commercially available satellite imagery taken on July 12, 19, and 26, 2015 but did not find any visible signatures related to road work on the road near the dam.”

It said it would make little sense for Iran to “park vehicles three kilometres south of the dam and at the one site that would create intense concern and suspicion about Iran’s intentions to comply with the recently negotiated (deal).” A spokesman for Iran’s United Nations mission in New York said Tehran stood by its statement from Thursday and had nothing to add.

Parchin is a site the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), requested access to as part of a landmark July 14 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers. ISIS suggested Iran could be engaged in cleanup work before IAEA inspectors arrive.

Attempts to sanitise the site could complicate the work of the IAEA, whose job it is to judge whether Iran’s past atomic activity was linked to developing weapons, including through access to Parchin.

“There is no support in the imagery for the Iranian explanation,” ISIS’s new analysis said. “Iran’s explanation appears to be that the vehicles at the suspect site were there inadvertently, but this explanation strains believability.”

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Thursday he could not confirm the findings but that any cleanup effort would be of concern. The ISIS findings come as the Obama administration is struggling to convince skeptics in Congress to support the deal.

Under the July 14 nuclear deal, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted once the IAEA verifies Iranian compliance with the terms of the agreement, including strict limits on Iranian nuclear activities and answering questions about its past atomic work. Iran says it has never sought atomic weapons.

Courtesy of Dawn.


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WASHINGTON: ‘ Democrats clash with Kerry over Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:July.29: Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee joined with Republicans in pushing back on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday as Secretary of State John Kerry faced the panel.

Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said he was “troubled by” and “very disappointed” with parts of the agreement, citing a litany of concerns.

“Truth is, after 15 years, Iran is a nuclear threshold state, which means they can produce weapons-grade, highly-enriched uranium without limitations,” he said. “Our friends in Israel are rightfully concerned.”

Read the full story here.


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LEBANON: ‘ Iran to continue on supporting the leader of Hezbollah ‘

#AceNewsReport – LEBANON:July.26: The leader of the militant Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Saturday that the organization still counts on Iran’s supports after its nuclear deal, Reuters reported.

In his first official reaction to the Iran nuclear deal, Nasrallah said he was sure Iran would surprise critics who believe it would stop supporting Hezbollah.

“We deal with every trust and complete assurance over this”, said Nasrallah during a ceremony honoring the children of fallen Hezbollah fighters.


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WASHINGTON: ‘ Obama Tests Democrats Loyalty over Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:July.19: President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is the latest test of the Democrats’ loyalty toward their ally in the White House.

Off a contentious trade debate that highlighted Democratic divisions and infuriated Obama’s liberal base, even the Democrats most critical of the Iran deal are walking a fine line.


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PENTAGON: ‘ Carter says US will – NOT offer Weapons to Israel as Compensation for Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON (AP):July.19: In the face of Israeli outrage over the Iran nuclear accord, the Pentagon is moving quickly to reinforce arguably the strongest part of the U.S.-Israeli relationship: military cooperation.

But officials say Washington has no plans to offer new weaponry as compensation for the Iran deal.


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