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On March 23, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),Yukiya Amano, once again emphasized that his

BY  AND  4/7/15 AT 6:59 PM

organization’s probe of the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program had made only very limited progress, owing to a general lack of Iranian cooperation. Earlier in the month, Amano called upon Iran to accept snap inspections of suspicious sites in order to help resolve outstanding questions about Iran’s intentions and its proximity to nuclear weapon capability.

BY INU staff

INU- In absence of clear evidence of progress toward a nuclear agreement before the March 31 framework deadline, doubts will surely remain about whether negotiators are truly any closer to closing off all Iranian pathways to a nuclear weapon. After all, evidence already exists to contradict that notion, indicating that Iran remains intransigent on at least some aspects of its nuclear program.

By INU staff

INU-On Sunday, the Washington Post ran an editorial jointly authored by three foreign policy experts: former CIA director Michael Hayden, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen, and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh.

By INU staff

INU -On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 was poised to open up a flood of Iranian petroleum to the global oil market. Subsequent reports suggest that Iran is continuing to take significant steps toward taking advantage of this situation to the greatest extent possible. But the same measures seem to double as efforts to break Western sanctions in the event that a deal is not reached, and Iranian officials are certainly presenting their efforts as successful in this regard.

By INU staff

INU -Throughout the week of March 9, media coverage of the US’s policies toward Iran has been dominated by reactions to and debates over the letter initially signed by 47 Republican senators and sent directly to Iranian officials. The brief message cautioned Tehran against entering lightly into an agreement with President Barack Obama, since any such agreement could be quickly invalidated if it did not include input and oversight from the US Congress.

By INU staff

INU - On Tuesday and Wednesday, multiple members of the US Congress, representing both parties, challenged Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama administration’s approach to nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Congress has taken a notably more hardline stance than the president throughout the negotiating process. And that ideological divide failed to break down along party lines.


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