P5+1 Negotiations – Geneva 2013

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The P5+1 is a group of countries which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regard to its nuclear program. The term refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, namely United StatesRussiaChinaUnited Kingdom,France and Germany. P5+1 is sometimes referred to as the E3+3 by European countries.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P5%2B1

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* Background Briefing on P5+1 Negotiations http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/10/215369.htm

P5+1 Meeting
October 15-16, 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary of State Department Under Secretary Wendy R. Sherman to lead the United States’ delegation

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UPDATE:   Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

11/23/13 1 hour ago By Parisa Hafezi and Justyna Pawlak – Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.

“We have reached an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on his Twitter feed. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also confirmed the deal.

Iran will get access to $4.2 billion in foreign exchange as part of the accord, a Western diplomat said. No other details of the agreement were immediately available.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other world powers joined the negotiations with Iran early on Saturday as the two sides appeared to be edging closer to a long-sought preliminary agreement.

The talks were aimed at finding a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and banish the specter of a Middle East war over Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.

The Western powers’ goal had been to cap Iran’s nuclear energy program, which has a history of evading U.N. inspections and investigations, to remove any risk of Tehran covertly refining uranium to a level suitable for bombs.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-nuclear-deal-reached-geneva-021222943.html

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November 23, 2013

Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, the United States — together with our close allies and partners — took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.

Since I took office, I’ve made clear my determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As I’ve said many times, my strong preference is to resolve this issue peacefully, and we’ve extended the hand of diplomacy. Yet for many years, Iran has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community. So my administration worked with Congress, the United Nations Security Council and countries around the world to impose unprecedented sanctions on the Iranian government.

These sanctions have had a substantial impact on the Iranian economy, and with the election of a new Iranian President earlier this year, an opening for diplomacy emerged. I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s Foreign Minister. And we have pursued intensive diplomacy — bilaterally with the Iranians, and together with our P5-plus-1 partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, as well as the European Union.

Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure — a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back. Iran has committed to halting certain levels of enrichment and neutralizing part of its stockpiles. Iran cannot use its next-generation centrifuges, which are used for enriching uranium. Iran cannot install or start up new centrifuges, and its production of centrifuges will be limited. Iran will halt work at its plutonium reactor. And new inspections will provide extensive access to Iran’s nuclear facilities and allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments.

These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb. Meanwhile, this first step will create time and space over the next six months for more negotiations to fully address our comprehensive concerns about the Iranian program. And because of this agreement, Iran cannot use negotiations as cover to advance its program.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/23/statement-president-first-step-agreement-irans-nuclear-program

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  1. CR says:

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    P5+1 Negotiations – Geneva 2013

    State Department on Geneva Talks on Iran Nuclear Issues

    13 October 2013

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    Office of the Spokesperson
    October 12, 2013

    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman to Lead Delegation to Geneva
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman departs for Geneva, Switzerland on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to lead the United States’ delegation to the P5+1 talks with Iran October 15 – 16. This meeting is part of ongoing P5+1 talks to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

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      State’s Sherman on Reversing Iran’s Nuclear Program

      03 October 2013

      U.S. Department of State
      Testimony by Wendy R. Sherman
      Under Secretary for Political Affairs
      Written Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
      Washington, DC

      Reversing Iran’s Nuclear Program
      Introduction

      Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, distinguished Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to be here today. It is always a pleasure to return to the Senate and speak with you about an issue we both agree is one of our country’s primary foreign policy challenges.

      This hearing comes at a pivotal time for U.S. policy toward Iran. As requested, I will speak about recent talks with the Iranian government at the UN General Assembly in New York, the status of our negotiations, our continued effort to put pressure on the Iranian government, and a potential path forward for diplomacy – including the core actions needed to reach a verifiable agreement with Iran.
      Dual Track Policy and Rouhani’s Election

      Let me start with a brief survey of our dual track policy to show how we arrived at this point.
      As President Obama has stated many times, the United States remains committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

      The strategy we have pursued — and continue to pursue — to fulfill this commitment and address the international community’s concerns with Iran’s nuclear program is the dual track policy of engagement and pressure. While our preference has always been diplomatic engagement, we concluded that such engagement would not work absent pressure.

      In response, we and our allies, with the President’s and your leadership, have established a robust sanctions regime. I would emphasize that it was the Iranian government’s choices that led to these devastating sanctions, and it will be the Iranian government’s actions in the months ahead that will be a key factor in determining whether we decide the sanctions should remain in place or whether we can begin to relieve some sanctions pressure as Iran addresses our concerns.

      The pressure on Iran has been severe and may lay the groundwork for a diplomatic outcome that addresses our concerns. However, we remain clear-eyed about the challenges ahead and the importance of vigilance, while proceeding in good faith. Through our continued efforts and the work of the Congress — notably through the leadership of the Chairman of this committee, with the support of the Ranking Member — we have leveraged our economic influence effectively to raise the financial stakes for the Iranian government.

      In aggregate, we have led the international community in implementing an unprecedented sanctions regime that is having a real and tangible impact. Twenty-three economies have united in significantly reducing or eliminating purchases of Iranian crude oil. In 18 months, Iranian oil exports were cut by more than 1 million barrels per day. Iran’s rial has depreciated by approximately 60 percent over the past 24 months. GDP has contracted by over 5 percent in the same period. Iran’s access to the international financial sector has been largely severed and its ability to engage in normal economic activity has been sharply curtailed.

      The Iranian presidential election last June focused on the economy. Questions of how to engage with the international community on the nuclear file were front and center as President Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator himself, ran against candidates that included then-current negotiator Saeed Jalili. Rouhani made the case that the failure to pursue a serious agreement on Iran’s nuclear program was devastating the Iranian economy — and he won the election.

      President Rouhani says he has a mandate — both a popular mandate from the Iranian people and a mandate from Supreme Leader Khamenei — to secure sanctions relief and improve Iran’s economic situation, which can only be accomplished by pursuing an agreement that satisfies the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.

      As the President reaffirmed last week, we are prepared to test that proposition in a serious way. But we must do our part to ensure the success of this effort and to avoid any measures that could prematurely inhibit our ability to secure a diplomatic solution. Here it will be important that we — the Executive and U.S. Congress — remain in close consultation with each other, and that we ensure we can continue to show the Iranian government that the international community remains finnly united as we begin this process.

      Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2013/10/20131004284046.html#ixzz2hiT18100

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      Background Briefing on P5+1 Negotiations

      Senior Administration Official
      Geneva, Switzerland
      October 14, 2013

      MODERATOR: Okay. Thank you so much everyone for coming here today. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m [Moderator]. I’m [title redacted] and will be helping shepherd all of us through this process over the next few days.

      Tonight’s backgrounder is with [Senior Administration Official]. From here on out, you will refer to [the official] in your reporting only as a Senior Administration Official, please. Again, only as a Senior Administration Official. This is all entirely on background. [Senior Administration Official] will begin by making some opening remarks, and then we are happy to open it up for questions after that.

      So with that, I will pass it over to [Senior Administration Official].

      SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Okay. Good evening. Welcome to the next round of the P5+1 negotiations. I saw many of you recently in New York during the UN General Assembly, where there was a great deal of focus on this very crucial and important issue.

      This series of meetings comes at a pivotal time, not only for the United States but for the entire international community in its policy toward Iran. I want to begin briefly by putting into context the recent diplomatic opening with Iran that we have been engaged in, including, of course, in New York, and to preview what we hope to achieve here in Geneva during this round of talks. Then I’ll be happy, of course, to answer your questions.

      As you know, the United States has always believed that a diplomatic solution to resolving our concerns about Iran’s nuclear program is our preferred path. We have invested heavily in such a solution through both our participation in this P5+1 process and our effort to increase the pressure on Iran through comprehensive sanctions and other forms of international isolation.

      We are encouraged that President Rouhani has received a mandate from the Iranian people to pursue a more moderate course. We are also encouraged that President Rouhani recently reiterated that Iran will never develop a nuclear weapon. The world has also heard from President Rouhani’s administration – including Foreign Minister Zarif, who’s here with us in Geneva – about its desire to improve Iran’s relations with the international community.

      President Obama, as you heard him say himself in the UN General Assembly, believes we should test those assertions, which is part of what we’ll be doing over the coming days.

      Foreign Minister Zarif has said he is coming with a detailed proposal that elaborates on the thoughtful presentation he made to the P5+1 foreign ministers in New York, and we are ready to hear it, to listen to it, and to go to work, if it is substantive and concrete.

      For more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/10/215369.htm

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      P5+1 Has High Hopes for Upcoming Iran Nuclear Talks

      October 11, 2013 Scott Stearns – VOAnews

      WASHINGTON — Iran’s foreign minister will meet in Geneva next week with officials from the so called P5+1: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany. This latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program comes with high expectations following new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani striking conciliatory tones throughout his young administration.

      “I assure you that, on the Iranian side, this will is there fully, a hundred percent, that within a very short period of time there will be a settlement on the nuclear issue,” said Rouhani, discussing the upcoming talks.

      Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes. The West and Israel, however, believe Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Tuesday’s talks in Geneva will be helpful in determining Iran’s intentions.

      “If they do intend to be peaceful, I believe there’s a way to get there,” said Kerry.

      U.S. officials say they are encouraged by the “energy and determination” of the Rouhani administration. Former U.S. ambassador Adam Ereli feels the new Iranian president is politically savvy.

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/p5-high-hopes-for-upcoming-iran-nuclear-talks/1767497.html

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      World powers, Iran brace for second day of nuclear talks

      10/15/13 AFP – 6 minutes ago

      World powers and Iran braced Wednesday for a second day of talks aimed at ending their decade-long standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme, after the Islamic republic put a new proposal on the table.

      With all sides praising the changed tone from new President Hassan Rouhani’s team, senior negotiators backed by experts on nuclear affairs and sanctions were to comb through the details of what Iran billed as a breakthrough offer.

      Iranian negotiators and counterparts from the European Union-chaired P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany — were set to meet behind closed doors from 9:30 am (0730 GMT).

      The Geneva talks, which began Tuesday, ended a six-month freeze sparked by Iran’s refusal to curb uranium enrichment in exchange for easing the punishing international sanctions that have battered its economy.

      The P5+1 and Iran’s archfoe Israel fear that Tehran’s atomic programme is a disguised effort to build a nuclear bomb, a claim it denies vehemently.

      Rouhani succeeded conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in August.

      Seen as more moderate, he has pledged transparency on the nuclear programme and engagement with the international community to try to get the sanctions lifted — but Israel has warned against being taken by his “sweet talk”.

      On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his team made an hour-long presentation to the P5+1 — in English, for the first time, which Western diplomats said underlined the new mood.

      “The proposal that we have introduced has the capacity to make a breakthrough,” Iran’s lead negotiator Abbas Araqchi said, telling reporters it was “very comprehensive” but that all parties had agreed to keep it under wraps.

      He indicated what was not on the table, however, with Iranian state news agency IRNA quoting him as saying that an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty allowing snap inspections was not part of the offer.

      Iran’s other red lines include suspending uranium enrichment or shipping stockpiles of purified material abroad.

      Earlier, Zarif said Tehran’s plan contained three steps that could settle the long-running nuclear standoff “within a year”, with the first achievable “within a month or two, or even less”.
      Araqchi said the “reaction was good” to the proposal.

      “We are very serious. We are not here symbolically, to waste our time,” he added.

      Western officials at home and in Geneva were tight-lipped.
      “We’re not going to negotiate this in public or go into the details of what was in their proposal,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

      State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that “since the technical conversations and discussions are ongoing, I don’t think we’d characterise it as a breakthrough at this stage”.

      “However, it certainly is positive that there was enough information to have technical discussions,” she added.
      A senior US official in Geneva said any easing of sanctions would be “proportional” to what Iran pledged, with “concrete, verifiable actions” needed.

      Also in Geneva, EU foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann said discussions had been “very detailed”. He praised the “very different” atmosphere from previous talks but saying the ball remained in Iran’s court.

      Israel — believed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear armed state — warned Tuesday against accepting “cosmetic concessions” that would not stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. It has not ruled out a military strike to halt Iran’s drive.

      Given what they say is Tehran’s past playing for time via talks, Western negotiators say they are far from naive, and Washington underlines it is serious about never allowing a nuclear-armed Iran.

      But in another sign of the changed tone, Iran’s Araqchi and his US counterpart Wendy Sherman met Tuesday evening in Geneva, in the first direct talks between nuclear negotiators from the two countries since 2009.

      Last month, Rouhani and US President Barack Obama held telephone talks during the UN General Assembly in New York, where Zarif held a landmark two-way meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of a P5+1 gathering.

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      Iran hints at nuclear concessions, next talks set for November 7-8

      10/16/13 1 hr By Louis Charbonneau and Yeganeh Torbati – Reuters

      GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran appears ready to scale back activity of potential use in making nuclear bombs, suggesting it is willing to compromise for a deal to win relief from harsh economic sanctions, diplomats said on Wednesday, and follow-up talks will be held on November 7-8.

      In a rare joint statement highlighting the dramatic shift from confrontation to dialogue since a moderate Iranian president took office in August, chief negotiators from Iran and six world powers said Tehran’s new proposal aimed at defusing longstanding suspicions over the nature of its nuclear program was an “important contribution” now under careful consideration.

      Details of Iran’s proposals, presented during two days of nuclear negotiations in Geneva with the powers, have not been released, and Western officials were unsure whether Tehran was prepared to go far enough to clinch a breakthrough deal.

      In a clear sign of hope, however, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said it was agreed to hold the next round of negotiations in three weeks in Geneva, and Iran’s chief negotiator praised this week’s meetings as “fruitful”.

      Diplomatic paralysis and talk of war reigned during the eight-year tenure of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a bellicose hardliner. But the door to serious talks opened in June with the landslide election of Hassan Rouhani on a platform of conciliation to ease Iran’s international isolation.

      Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany began negotiations in earnest on Tuesday to defuse the increasingly volatile stand-off shadowing the Middle East.

      The powers want the Islamic Republic to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment to allay concerns that it would provide Iran a quick path to bomb-grade nuclear fuel. Iran says it is refining uranium only to generate more electricity for a rapidly expanding population and to produce isotopes for medicine.

      The joint statement, read out by Ashton, said Iran’s foreign minister “presented an outline of a plan as a proposed basis for negotiation” and said the talks were “substantive and forward looking,” without elaborating.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-offers-concessions-nuclear-talks-no-deal-yet-123311814.html;_ylt=A2KJjagb8V5S5gkA8QDQtDMD

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      Kerry to leave Friday for Geneva to join Iran talks

      11/22/13 3:22 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva later Friday to join the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran, the State Department said.

      Kerry heads there with “the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The decision for Kerry to join the talks came after he consulted with negotiators on the ground there and with European Union High Represenative Catherine Ashton, Psaki said.

      Kerry’s Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, arrived in Geneva on Friday as negotiators struggled to reach an agreement that would be acceptable to all sides in the talks.

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        November 23, 2013

        Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program

        THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, the United States — together with our close allies and partners — took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.

        Since I took office, I’ve made clear my determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As I’ve said many times, my strong preference is to resolve this issue peacefully, and we’ve extended the hand of diplomacy. Yet for many years, Iran has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community. So my administration worked with Congress, the United Nations Security Council and countries around the world to impose unprecedented sanctions on the Iranian government.

        These sanctions have had a substantial impact on the Iranian economy, and with the election of a new Iranian President earlier this year, an opening for diplomacy emerged. I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s Foreign Minister. And we have pursued intensive diplomacy — bilaterally with the Iranians, and together with our P5-plus-1 partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, as well as the European Union.

        Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure — a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

        While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back. Iran has committed to halting certain levels of enrichment and neutralizing part of its stockpiles. Iran cannot use its next-generation centrifuges, which are used for enriching uranium. Iran cannot install or start up new centrifuges, and its production of centrifuges will be limited. Iran will halt work at its plutonium reactor. And new inspections will provide extensive access to Iran’s nuclear facilities and allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments.

        These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb. Meanwhile, this first step will create time and space over the next six months for more negotiations to fully address our comprehensive concerns about the Iranian program. And because of this agreement, Iran cannot use negotiations as cover to advance its program.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/23/statement-president-first-step-agreement-irans-nuclear-program

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          November 23, 2013

          Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

          The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

          President Obama has been clear that achieving a peaceful resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is in America’s national security interest. Today, the P5+1 and Iran reached a set of initial understandings that halts the progress of Iran’s nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects. These are the first meaningful limits that Iran has accepted on its nuclear program in close to a decade. The initial, six month step includes significant limits on Iran’s nuclear program and begins to address our most urgent concerns including Iran’s enrichment capabilities; its existing stockpiles of enriched uranium; the number and capabilities of its centrifuges; and its ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor. The concessions Iran has committed to make as part of this first step will also provide us with increased transparency and intrusive monitoring of its nuclear program. In the past, the concern has been expressed that Iran will use negotiations to buy time to advance their program. Taken together, these first step measures will help prevent Iran from using the cover of negotiations to continue advancing its nuclear program as we seek to negotiate a long-term, comprehensive solution that addresses all of the international community’s concerns.

          For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/23/fact-sheet-first-step-understandings-regarding-islamic-republic-iran-s-n

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        Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

        11/23/13 1 hour ago By Parisa Hafezi and Justyna Pawlak – Reuters

        GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

        The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.

        “We have reached an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on his Twitter feed. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also confirmed the deal.

        Iran will get access to $4.2 billion in foreign exchange as part of the accord, a Western diplomat said. No other details of the agreement were immediately available.

        U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other world powers joined the negotiations with Iran early on Saturday as the two sides appeared to be edging closer to a long-sought preliminary agreement.

        The talks were aimed at finding a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and banish the specter of a Middle East war over Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.

        The Western powers’ goal had been to cap Iran’s nuclear energy program, which has a history of evading U.N. inspections and investigations, to remove any risk of Tehran covertly refining uranium to a level suitable for bombs.

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-nuclear-deal-reached-geneva-021222943.html

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      Iran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks: envoys

      7/18/14 Reuters By By Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl – reuters

      Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, diplomats close to the talks said.

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      Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China had set a July 20 deadline to complete a long-term agreement that would resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. But diplomats said they were unable to overcome significant differences on major sticking points.

      “We have reached an agreement to extend the talks,” a senior Iranian diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Several Western diplomats echoed his remarks.

      The extension agreed to on Friday begins on July 21 and negotiations on a long-term deal are likely to resume in September, diplomats said. They added that the talks were set to conclude by late November.

      It has been clear for days that Iran and the six powers would miss the Sunday deadline to reach an accord due to disagreements on a number of key issues in the discussions.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-six-powers-haggle-over-extending-nuclear-talks-173104839.html

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      IMF’s Lagarde Says Raising U.S. Debt Ceiling Critical

      Oct. 3, 2013 Sandrine Rastello -bloomberg

      International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said it’s “mission-critical” for the U.S. to raise its $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, warning policy makers that failure to do so would seriously hurt the country and the world.

      The first face-to-face talks between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to break the budget logjam as a partial U.S. government shutdown entered its third day, raising the prospect of a prolonged standoff extending to the borrowing limit.

      “The government shutdown is bad enough, but failure to raise the debt ceiling would be far worse, and could very seriously damage not only the U.S. economy, but the entire global economy,” Lagarde said in a speech in Washington to students at George Washington University. “So it is ‘mission-critical’ that this be resolved as soon as possible.”

      Lagarde’s concern echoes a report by the U.S. Treasury Department today that a government default could have catastrophic consequences that might last decades. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has said the U.S. started using final extraordinary measures that will be exhausted no later than Oct. 17 to avoid a breach of the debt limit.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/imf-s-lagarde-says-raising-u-s-debt-ceiling-critical.html

    • CR says:

      IMF Cuts Global Outlook While Warning of U.S. Default Threat

      Oct 8, 2013 6:00 AM PT By Sandrine Rastello & Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

      The International Monetary Fund cut its global outlook for this year and next as capital outflows further weaken emerging markets and warned that a U.S. government default could “seriously damage” the world economy.

      Growth worldwide will be 2.9 percent this year and 3.6 percent next year, the IMF said in a report released today in Washington, compared with July predictions of 3.1 percent for 2013 and 3.8 percent for 2014. It sees emerging economies growing 4.5 percent this year, 0.5 percentage point less than three months ago, as projections were reduced for China, Mexico, India and Russia.

      “Advanced economies are gradually strengthening” while “growth in emerging-market economies has slowed,” IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard wrote in a foreword to the World Economic Outlook report. “This confluence is leading to tensions, with emerging-market economies facing the dual challenges of slowing growth and tighter global financial conditions.”

      The IMF’s forecasts factor in a short U.S. government shutdown and an agreement on the nation’s debt-limit before an Oct. 17 deadline. A stalemate that causes a default “could seriously damage the global economy,” the fund said.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-08/imf-cuts-global-outlook-while-warning-of-u-s-default-threat.html

    • CR says:

      U.S. AAA Rating Put on Negative Watch by Fitch on Delayed Budget

      Oct 15, 2013 2:19 PM PT By John Detrixhe – bloomberg

      The U.S.’s AAA credit grade was placed on rating watch negative by Fitch Ratings, which cited the government’s failure to raise its borrowing limit as the Treasury’s deadline nears.
      “The political brinkmanship and reduced financing flexibility could increase the risk of a U.S. default,” Fitch, which is a jointly owned subsidiary of Paris-based Fimalac SA and New York-based Hearst Corp., said today in a statement. Fitch reiterated that it expects the debt ceiling to be raised.

      Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has told Congress the extraordinary measures being used to avoid breaching the debt ceiling “will be exhausted no later than Oct. 17” and the department will have about $30 billion to pay obligations. Fitch said it expects to resolve its rating watch negative outlook on the U.S. by the first quarter of 2014.

      “The announcement reflects the urgency with which Congress should act to remove the threat of default hanging over the economy,” according to a Treasury statement.

      Standard & Poor’s stripped the U.S. of its top credit ranking on Aug. 5, 2011, on Washington gridlock and the lack of an agreement to contain its growing ratio of debt to gross domestic product. The U.S.’s ratio of public debt to GDP is forecast to fall to 74.6 percent in 2015 after peaking next year at 76.2 percent, according to a Congressional Budget Office forecast in May.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-15/u-s-aaa-rating-put-on-negative-watch-by-fitch-on-delayed-budget.html

    • CR says:

      House cancels plan for debt vote

      10/15/13 07:10 PM ETBy Bernie Becker, Peter Schroeder and Russell Berman – TheHill

      House Republicans canceled their plans Tuesday night to vote on a new plan to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling after it became clear they didn’t have the votes for passage.

      “We are going to be prepared tomorrow to make some decisions,” Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) told reporters after GOP leaders huddled in Speaker John Boehner’s office “There will be no action. No votes. The rules committee will not meet,” he added.

      Sessions said leadership would “take the night and make sure all of our members know what’s going on.”

      “We’re trying to make sure what we’re doing people know about and can prepare and study for,” he added.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/328637-senate-talks-sidelines-as-house-gop-scramble-for-votes

    • CR says:

      Senate leaders resume talks on budget deal

      10/15/13 07:33 PM ET By Alexander Bolton – TheHill

      Senate leaders are resuming negotiations on a deal to open the government and raise the debt limit after a House Republican alternative stalled Tuesday evening.

      Senate aides said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) would return to the negotiating table after they agreed earlier in the day to suspend talks to await House action.

      “Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell have re-engaged in negotiations and are optimistic that an agreement is within reach,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid.

      Don Stewart, McConnell’s spokesman, said, “Given tonight’s events, the leaders have decided to work toward a solution that would reopen the government and prevent a default.”

      “They are optimistic an agreement can be reached,” they said.

      The administration has warned the nation risks default if Congress does not raise the debt limit before the Oct. 17 deadline.

      Reid would like to reach a deal as soon as possible so that he can begin the arduous process of moving it on the Senate floor. 

Without House action, it could take as long as 10 days for the Senate to pass an agreement unless leaders receive consent from all members of the chamber to waive procedural requirements.

      Some House Republican made a hasty exit from the Capitol Tuesday evening after it became clear they would not have enough votes to move an alternative fiscal proposal.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/328723-senate-leaders-resume-talks-on-budget-deal

  4. CR says:

    October 15, 2013

    Statement by the President on Eid al-Adha

    Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a joyous Eid al-Adha to Muslims around the world and congratulate those performing the Hajj this year. As our Muslim neighbors and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the more than three million pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings, which serves as a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths.

    To commemorate Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world are joining other faith communities in offering their assistance to those suffering from hunger, disease, and conflict. Their service is a powerful example of the positive role that faith can play in motivating communities to work together to address shared challenges.

    On behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest greetings during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.

  5. COS says:

    Hey CR. Thank you for reminding us that there are other important things taking place during this shutdown. I really hate that PBO is bogged down with this nonsense. I even hate that FLOTUS’ garden is going down the tubes and most of all, I hate what it is doing to so many people who depend on help from the government. It is so sad.

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  7. CR says:

    Boehner to allow House vote on emerging Senate debt-ceiling deal

    10/16/13 10:20 AM ET By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has agreed to allow a vote in the House on the emerging Senate debt-ceiling deal, according to a Senate source.



    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were racing Wednesday to put the finishing touches on the deal ahead of Thursday’s deadline for raising the $16.7 trillion debt limit.

    The draft of the Senate agreement would raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, reopen the government until Jan. 15 and form a budget conference to resolve the automatic spending cuts under sequestration.

    

”The Speaker will bring that bill to the House floor,” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told Bloomberg television Wednesday morning.
    It’s unclear whether the House or Senate will vote first on the agreement.

    Starting in the House could speed passage in the Senate, but a senior House GOP leadership aide said the order of votes remains up in the air.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/328803-boehner-to-allow-vote-on-senate-deal

  8. CR says:

    Fed Saw ‘Modest to Moderate’ Growth Amid Budget Impasse

    Oct 16, 2013 11:14 AM PT By Jeff Kearns & Joshua Zumbrun – bloomberg

    Four of the 12 Federal Reserve districts reported slower economic growth while eight others said the expansion held steady amid “uncertainty” stemming from the U.S. fiscal deadlock, the central bank said today.

    Growth remained “modest to moderate” as consumer spending maintained gains and business investment grew, the Fed said today in its Beige Book business survey. The report provides policy makers anecdotal accounts from the Fed districts two weeks before they meet to set monetary policy.

    Employment growth “remained modest” in September, and price and wage pressures “were again limited,” the central bank said based on information gathered through Oct. 7, after the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. Many contacts “noted an increase in uncertainty due largely to the federal government shutdown and debt-ceiling debate,” the Fed said. “Retailers generally remained optimistic about the holiday shopping season.”

    Policy makers, scheduled to gather Oct. 29-30, are trying to gauge the strength of the U.S. expansion without federal economic data suspended after the government closing. Private measures of homebuilder and consumer confidence suggest the shutdown and a political impasse over raising the nation’s $16.7 trillion borrowing limit damped household and business optimism.

    The leaders of the U.S. Senate from both parties reached an agreement to end the fiscal deadlock and to increase U.S. borrowing authority, and Republican leader Mitch McConnell said they want to pass the deal today. House Republicans signaled today that they will allow it to pass.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-16/fed-saw-modest-to-moderate-growth-amid-budget-impasse.html

  9. CR says:

    President Obama Delivers a Statement

    Published on Oct 16, 2013

    President Obama delivers a statement on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. October 16, 2013.

  10. CR says:

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    Come on over to my newest post titled: ” FINALLY: Some Sensibility & Responsibility in Congress”

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