Obama marks anniversary of nuke deal; GOP aims to undermine

Iran threatened to withdraw from the nuclear deal it signed last July with world powers, the London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Thursday, on the one-year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As a result of the deal, Iran has removed two-thirds of its centrifuges and associated infrastructure, and the country is limited to a stockpile of no more than 300 kg of uranium hexafluoride enriched to no more than 3.67 percent. The report suggested the particles confirm Iran's ongoing involvement in building nuclear weapons and that it requires further investigation by the State Department.

After nearly two years of negotiations, a deal was struck: Iran would rein in its nuclear program.

He said the new legislation would enable the United States "to push back against all of the other nefarious activities that we know Iran is involved in the region".

"The JCPOA demonstrates what can be achieved by principled diplomacy and a sustained commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons", Obama said. "Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., "reasserts the proper role of Congress" by prohibiting a president from easing sanctions in order to implement an global agreement with Iran without securing congressional approval". He accused the United States of "short-sighted bragging" and "lackluster implementation of obligations".

Opponents of the landmark deal, reached between Tehran and the U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K, asserted that Iran was sure to cheat given its past illicit nuclear activity.

"There are continuing issues" with Iran, Kerry acknowledged. Since then, heavy water became a component of early nuclear energy research and is now an essential component in many nuclear reactors: those generating power, and those that produce isotopes for nuclear weapons, as it has the potential to combine with uranium to produce weapons-grade plutonium.

More news: Spieth Barely Makes The Cut At The Open Championship

And in the Middle East, Israeli leaders still strongly oppose the deal although there is little talk of airstrikes or military intervention against Iran. Iranian banks and foreign banks that are processing Iran-related transactions are not allowed to deal in USA dollars.

Indeed, Iran is required to get permission from a U.N. Security Council working group to procure "nuclear dual-use" goods, according to the Institute for Science and International Security, a nuclear non-proliferation think tank. It was forged in exchange for curbs in Iran's nuclear programme.

That could set up the sanctions law to be lifted on the deal's "transition day", or roughly eight years after the nuclear agreement was adopted.

Iran is still subject to unilateral American sanctions and the country has struggled to attract big foreign investments, partly because it is having trouble gaining access to the worldwide banking system.

Hamid Baeedinejad, deputy foreign minister as well as top nuclear negotiator, called it a mistake to reduce the JCPOA to a business and economic agreement, saying, "Expectations of the deal should be realistic". "Because for six months you found every reason to say no. For six months, you went back on every word that was said about holding them accountable when the facts stood before us".

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)

WWE Battleground lineup: Eight matches and The Highlight Reel advertised
Later, a tag team match was made official for Battleground with Charlotte and Brooke going against Banks and a mystery partner. After the match, Rollins & Owens tried to continue their assault on Zayn, but Ambrose put an immediate stop to it.

MI courthouse shooter handcuffed in front, protocol to be reviewed
Jessica Gordon told WOOD-TV that officers and a chaplain came to her house to tell her about her ex-husband. According to Bailey, 44-year-old Larry Gordon was handcuffed in the front throughout the entire incident.

Alabama picked to win SEC by league's media
Finebaum asked Saban about how he'll answer critics for not suspending the players. It will be important for them to not get caught looking too far ahead.

Lefty on top: Mickelson maintains lead on rainy day at Troon
The 14th is a par three, and he parked his ball on the green and drained the putt to retrieve the shot he had dropped on the 12th. Mickelson's round began in drier and calmer conditions than had been forecast but the rain began to fall heavily by mid-morning.

Guam's Bordallo issues statement on South China Sea International Tribunal decision
It said China had violated the Philippines' sovereign rights and had caused "severe harm to the coral reef environment" by building artificial islands.

House approves bill to undercut nuclear agreement with Iran
Unlike the warming relationship with Havana, however, the USA has gained little else from the nuclear deal with Tehran. Iranian banks and foreign banks that are processing Iran-related transactions are not allowed to deal in U.S. dollars.

Bills runner Karlos Williams suspended for drug offense
Now, Williams will be one strike away from a 10-game suspension, and a second strike away from a banishment of at least one year. Before last year's season-long injury, Williams rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and recorded 12 touchdowns in 2014.

Rory McIlroy says golf at the Olympics doesn't matter
McIlroy made the comment at a news conference ahead of The Open, stating he had only been subjected to one drugs test in 2016. MAKE HAY EARLY: Henrik Stenson said players had better not get off to a sleepy start on Troon's layout.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel injures knee, out 3-6 weeks
Ziegler has never been a hard thrower , and at 36 years old, he isn't going to blow batters away consistently. SS Xander Bogaerts launched his 10th home run of the season on Saturday, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

Nice Attack: UN Chief, UNSC condemn the massacre in France
The Tunisian government issued a statement condemning the attack "in the strongest possible terms". She will always be stronger, I assure you, than the fanatics that want to attack her today".

Ravens K Tucker agrees to 4-year deal; loses franchise tag
Down to the wire, the Baltimore Ravens had until the end of the day to make a long-term deal with Justin Tucker and boy did they. Obviously the Ravens are struggling to work out this deal and have until 4pm Friday to work something out or else.

Arsenal move ahead of West Ham in Bacca race
I want to play in it with Milan but unfortunately we didn't make that step. "My agent is in talks with those clubs and Milan". Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are thought to be contenders for the 29-year-old's signature.

Tour de France to continue as planned after attack in Nice
Down from second to third overall went Briton Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange), now 2:45 behind Froome. It's where I do most of my training", said Froome, who wore a black armband to his news conference.

It's Pence: Trump announces his VP choice on Twitter
The year before he ran, Pence, a lawyer, reported earning more than $75,000 and held about $50,000 in stock. "Gov. As a conservative talk-radio host in the 1990s, Mike Pence described himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf".

What you need to know about Wells Fargo's earnings results
Net income weakened 2% to $5.6 billion, or $1.01 a share, from $5.7 billion, or $1.03, a year earlier. The shares closed up +0.67 points or 1.39% at $48.94 with 17.58 million shares getting traded.

More News

More News