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INU - An essay published in the New York Times on Tuesday made the case that the Iran nuclear deal and recent instances of confrontation between the West and Russia may set the stage for a sort of reversal of roles for Tehran and Moscow.

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INU -Agence France-Presse reported on Monday that International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Director Yukiya Amano had made the latest in a long series of statements commenting on the goals of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1. Those talks are facing a June 30 deadline, and a number of critics and analysts have noted that various persistent points of contention seem to be threatening that deadline.

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INU - The Indo-Asian News Service has reported that negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations were set to resume on Wednesday as the parties work toward a June 30 deadline for a final agreement trading sanctions relief for some limits on the Iranian nuclear program. Critics of current Western policy toward Iran continue to express worry that any agreement reached at this point will fall far short of assuring that Iran is kept significantly further away from a nuclear weapon than it is presently.

A senior member of the Iranian regime’s parliament says no one will be allowed to inspect military sites and demanded that exception must be made in implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in a nuclear deal.

A number of officials of the Iranian regime have made similar comments after the remarks by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano on Tuesday saying that a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 countries would give the agency’s experts the right to push for access to military sites in Iran.

An exception must be made for the inspection of military sites as part of the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the event of a potential final deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog has said it can push for access to military sites in Iran under the terms of a preliminary agreement reached with Tehran, the head of the body told the Associated Press in an interview last week.

The Iranian regime reached an agreement with six world powers on April 2 to allow U.N. inspectors to carry out more intrusive, short-notice inspections under an "additional protocol”.

"In many other countries from time to time we request access to military sites when we have the reason to, so why not Iran?" Yukiya Amano, the director general of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was quoted as saying by AP.

"If we have a reason to request access, we will do so, and in principle Iran has to accept it," he added.

The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say for Iran on any deal, has ruled out any "extraordinary supervision measures" over nuclear activities and said military sites could not be inspected.


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INU - Several recent news stories may further contribute to existing uncertainty about whether, and to what extent the international community can retain economic leverage over the Islamic Republic of Iran in the event of a nuclear agreement that leads to the removal of UN sanctions before Tehran’s compliance can be demonstrated.

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INU - Debate officially began on the floor of the Senate on Thursday as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and bill author Bob Corker began the process of reviewing and voting upon the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA). Senator Corker’s bill and his statements promoting it have expressed the severe skepticism about President Obama’s Iran strategy that has been predominant among congresspersons on both sides of the aisle, especially in the Republican Party.

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