G7 Summit 2015

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The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary FundCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom, and the United States meeting to discuss primarily economic issues. The European Union is also represented within the G7. The G7 are the seven wealthiest major developed nations by national net wealth, representing more than 64% of the net global wealth ($263 trillion) according to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report October 2014. The IMF’s Managing Director usually participates. Recent G7 meetings include that of May 2013 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom with an emergency meeting in The Hague, Netherlands on March 24, 2014. Most recently, there was a meeting in Brussels on June 4, 2014.

The G7’s precursor was the ‘Group of Six’, founded ad hoc in 1975, consisting of finance ministers and central bank governors from FranceWest GermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom and the United States, when Giscard d’Estaing invited them for an “informal gathering at the chateau of Rambouillet, near Paris […] in a relaxed and private setting”.  The intent was “to discuss current world issues (dominated at the time by the oil crisis) in a frank and informal manner”.  Canada became the seventh member in 1976, after which the name ‘Group 7′ or G7 was used.  During 1986–87 the G7 with its finance ministers and central bank governors superseded the G5 as the main policy coordination group, particularly following the Louvre Accord of February 1987, agreed by the G5 plus Canada and endorsed by the G7.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7

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Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, US, European Council & European Commission
Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, US, European Council & European Commission

G7 Summit 2015 
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will be meeting at Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria on 7 and 8 June 2015. In addition to the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, they will be discussing the UN conferences to be held in 2015 as well as the post-2015 agenda.

Other key issues they will be addressing include:

  • Protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency,
  • Antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola,
  • Retail and supply chain standards, and
  • Empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training.

The leaders of the G7 countries will also discuss energy security, including as part of the Rome G7 Energy Initiative. In addition, they will continue the ongoing G7 process in regard to development policy.

A community of shared values
The G7 countries have a special responsibility when it comes to shaping our planet’s future. As a community of shared values, the G7 must work towards establishing peace and security and ensuring people can live a self-determined life. Freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, peace and security, prosperity and sustainable development are core principles agreed by the G7.

“The heads of state and government of the G7 do not accept the Russian Federation’s illegal annexation of Crimea. As a community of values, they have therefore decided to hold their meetings without Russia until further notice.”

Foreign and security policy
The G7’s commitment to pursue a common foreign and security policy is extremely important given the numerous political crises the world over. In March 2014 the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then meetings have continued within the G7 process.

Sustainable economic growth and free trade
The G7 countries are key actors in international economic relations, and as such they carry great responsibility for creating reliable, sustainable and viable global economic conditions. Dynamic and sustainable growth in industrialised, newly industrialising and developing countries is easier to achieve if those countries are agreed on basic issues around economic development, cross-border trade and an effective, prudent financial market architecture.

That is why the G7 will continue to work towards establishing an enabling environment that is stable in the long term in order to promote dynamic, sustainable economic growth. Sound finances, open global markets and a well-functioning labour market have a key role to play in that. The G7 states will together continue to promote international trade.

For more: http://www.g7germany.de/Webs/G7/EN/Home_en/home_node.html

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President Obama’s Europe Intinerary

Saturday, June 6

President Obama travels to Munich, Germany for the G7 Summit

Sunday, June 7

President Obama arrives in Munich, Germany

President Obama travels to Krün, Germany

President Obama joins German Chancellor Merkel in meeting with the citizens of the town of Krün
Krün, Germany

President Obama participates in a walk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Krün, Germany

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
Krün, Germany

President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on the global economy, growth and values
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on trade and standards
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in attending a cultural performance for the leaders
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in a working dinner
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

Monday, June 8

President Obama meets with French President Hollande
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on energy and climate
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on terrorism
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in a working lunch on development issues
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi  hold a bilateral meeting
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama holds a press conference
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama departs Krün, Germany

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WH petition for Gen George Washington’s Culper Ring

We The People Petition

I have started a petition on the White House ‘We The People” webpage to:

Award The Medal of Freedom to The Culper Ring, Gen Washington’s Revolutionary War intelligence group.

There should be a Medal of Freedom or a postage stamp issued in recognition of the efforts of The Culper Ring, General Washington’s Revolutionary War intelligence group based in Setauket, Long Isand. You may have read the Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring (2007) or seen AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies. Until I discovered the findings of Mr. Rose’s research I thought that America became it’s own nation when independence was declared on July 7, 1776 by the Continental Congress. There real facts are that General Washinton and his troops were still fighting (and loosing to embedded British forces).

The Culper Ring consisted of a close group of childhood friends whose covert efforts was a major factor in helping General Washington to defeat the British forces in America. The Culper Ring members appeared to be regular towns people going about their everyday lives, but they were also observing and reporting the movements of the British troops. They risked their lives to give General Washington timely and important information so that he could strategize, anticipate and eventually defeat the British forces in 1779.

I would really appreciate it if you could help me to get the word out. I have until June 30 to get 100,000 signatures in order for it to be reviewed by the White House. Until the petition has 150 signatures, it will only be available from the following URL and will not be publicly viewable on the Open Petitions section. If USPS can feature cartoon character stamps shouldn’t we have a postage stamp featuring real American heroes who helped to form The United States of America?

Please sign the petitionhttp://wh.gov/iKYAW

Aloha,

CR of ProPresObama.org

Culper Spy Ring map route
Culper Spy Ring map route

The Culper Ring was a spy ring organized by American Major (later Colonel) Benjamin Tallmadge under orders from General George Washington in the summer of 1778 during British occupation of New York City at the height of the American Revolutionary War. The “Culper” name was suggested by Washington who devised it from Culpeper County, Virginia. The two main members of the Ring, Abraham Woodhull and Robert Townsend, used “Samuel Culper, Sr.” and “Samuel Culper, Jr.” respectively, as aliases. Tallmadge was in direct contact with and control of the Ring but Washington often directed its operations. Tallmadge was referred to by the alias of “John Bolton.”

The Ring’s task was to send messages to General Washington about the activities of the British Army in New York City, the British headquarters and base of operations. The members of the Ring operated mostly in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. The Ring’s covert operations started in about late October 1778 and continued through the British evacuation of New York in 1783, but its heyday was between 1778 and 1781.

The Culper Ring provided valuable information to General Washington including that the British planned a surprise attack on the newly allied French forces under Lieutenant General Rochambeau at Newport, Rhode Island before the French could fully recover and set up defenses after their arduous sea journey to America; that the British planned to counterfeit American currency on the actual paper used for the Continental dollars, prompting the Continental Congressto retire the bills; that British Major General William Tryon’s raid in Connecticut in July 1779 was a diversion to induce Washington to divide his forces so British Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton could attack them piecemeal; and that a high ranking American officer, soon shown to be American Major General Benedict Arnold, had been plotting with British Major John Andre to surrender the garrison and to turn over the vitally important American fort at West Point, New York on the Hudson River to the British.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culper_Ring

A page from the Culper Ring's code book, with noteworthy people and place names listed side-by-side with numeric representations
A page from the Culper Ring’s code book, with noteworthy people and place names listed side-by-side with numeric representations

George Washington – Profile

George Washington Papers

George Washington, Goodfellow, Women’s History and Agent “355”

The Founding Fathers of American Intelligence

Spies of the Revolution

Manuscripts of Benjamin Tallmadge

Caleb Brewster – Revolutionary War Hero

Caleb Brewster, General George Washington’s Spy in Black Rock

Break the Code

“TURN” THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S FIRST SPY RING

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Please sign the petitionhttp://wh.gov/iKYAW

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US-GCC Summit

US-GCC Summit

US-GCC Summit Dates Announced

Published: April 17, 2015 Patrick W. Ryan | SUSRIS

The White House today announced May 13-14, 2015 as the dates for the US-GCC Summit proposed by President Obama. Gulf Cooperation Council leaders — Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman — will meet on May 13 at the White House and May 14 at Camp David, Maryland. The summit was mentioned by President Obama in his April 2, 2015 Rose Garden remarks where he announced the P5+1 and Iran framework agreement.

The summit comes as the United States and its GCC allies face mounting regional security challenges. The U.S. and most of the GCC states are involved in two international coalitions cobbled together, first an American-led campaign begun last summer to push back and destroy the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and second a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen launched March 26th to stop the Houthi rebels. The United States agreed to provide “logistical and intelligence support” in the case of Yemen. In announcing that support the White House noted, “The United States coordinates closely with Saudi Arabia and our GCC partners on issues related to their security and our shared interests.”

For more:http://susris.com/2015/04/17/us-gcc-summit-dates-announced/ .

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United States-GCC Summit
May 13 – 14, 2015
White House, Washington D.C.
& Camp David, Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland

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Victory Europe Day – 70th Anniversary

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Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E DayVE Day, or simply V Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 (7 May in Commonwealth realms) to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany‘s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

On 30 April, Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leadercommitted suicide during the Battle of Berlin. Germany’s surrender, therefore, was authorized by his successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg Government. The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May in ReimsFrance and on 8 May in Berlin, Germany.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_in_Europe_Day

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Belligerents Commanders Casualties and losses

Allies
Soviet Union (1941-45)
United States (1941-45)
United Kingdom
China (at war 1937-45)
France
Poland
Canada
Australia
New Zealand
South Africa South Africa
Belgium (1940-45)
Netherlands (1940-45)
Yugoslavia (1941-45)
Greece (1940-45)
Norway (1940-45)
and others
Axis and Axis-aligned
Germany
Japan (at war 1937-45)
Italy (1940-43)
Hungary (1940-45)
Romania (1941-44)
Finland (1941-44)
Bulgaria (1941-44)
Independent State of Croatia (1941-45)
Slovakia Slovakia
France Vichy France (1940-44)
Thailand (1941-45)
Manchukuo
and others
Allied leaders
Soviet Union Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
United States Franklin D. Roosevelt
United States George Marshall
United Kingdom Winston Churchill
United Kingdom Alan Brooke
Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek
Free French Forces Charles de Gaulle
Democratic Federal Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito
and others
Axis leaders
Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Nazi Germany Wilhelm Keitel
Empire of Japan Hirohito
Empire of Japan Hideki Tōjō
Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Benito Mussolini
Kingdom of Hungary (1920–1946) Miklós Horthy
Kingdom of Romania Ion Antonescu
France Philippe Pétain
Finland C.G.E. Mannerheim
and others
Military dead:
Over 16,000,000
Civilian dead:
Over 45,000,000
Total dead:
Over 61,000,000 (1937-45)
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Military dead:
Over 8,000,000
Civilian dead:
Over 4,000,000
Total dead:
Over 12,000,000 (1937-45)
further details

Military history of the United States during World War II.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II

The Veterans Administration http://www.va.gov/

1st Lt. John L. Dougherty’s gravesite, The Netherlands Bert Caris and his group tends to the graves of American Soliders at the Margraten Memorial Center,  The Netherlands  Visit their website “Fallen Not Forgotten
1st Lt. John L. Dougherty’s gravesite, The Netherlands
Bert Caris and his group tend to the graves of American Soliders at the Margraten Memorial Center, The Netherlands Visit their website “Fallen Not Forgotten “.

List of American military cemeteries, federal memorials, monuments and markers located in foreign countries

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WH 70th VE Day

Statement by the President on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II.  After more than five years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces of freedom triumphed over oppression in Europe.  The war was not yet won; it would be three more months of fighting in the Pacific.  But V-E Day represented, at long last, a hope for peace.

Today, we salute the more than 16 million Americans who left everything they knew—their families, their homes—to serve in World War II, and then came home to help build the America we know today.  We honor the memory of the more than 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live free.  We rededicate ourselves—on this day and every day—to the freedoms for which they fought, and to the American Dream for which they died.  We stand with our allies, in Europe and around the world, in defending the liberty and human rights of all people.  And we honor our brave men and women in uniform and their families who continue to defend the freedom that was won 70 years ago today.

5/8/15 National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice remarks at the V-E Day Commemoration

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Atty Gen Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch Confirmed as U.S. Attorney General After Five-Month Wait

Apr 23, 2015 11:04 AM PDT Kathleen Hunter and Del Quentin Wilber – bloomberg

Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate as the first black woman to become U.S. attorney general after a five-month wait marked by partisan fights and Republican arguments that she won’t be independent enough from President Barack Obama.

The vote was 56-43. Lynch is replacing Attorney General Eric Holder, who has served in the job since Obama took office in 2009. After Obama nominated Lynch on Nov. 8, a confirmation vote was held up in part because Republicans insisted on first resolving a dispute with Democrats over an unrelated bill.

“She’s as qualified a candidate as I’ve ever seen in my time in the Senate,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. “Loretta Lynch’s confirmation this time around should have sailed through the Senate.”

The Justice Department isn’t likely to dramatically change direction under Lynch. She has worked closely with Holder on many issues and served as his top prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York. She also will have a relatively short tenure to make changes, as Obama is set to leave office in January 2017.

When Obama nominated Lynch, 55, she wasn’t expected to run into much turbulence during confirmation because of her personal biography and tenure as a tough-on-crime federal prosecutor. Still, Republicans said they were skeptical that she would be sufficiently independent from Obama, and they criticized her support for his executive actions on immigration.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-23/lynch-confirmed-as-u-s-attorney-general-after-five-month-wait

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April 23, 2015

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General – and America will be better off for it. Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy. As head of the Justice Department, she will oversee a vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews – all of which matter to the lives of every American, and shape the story of our country. She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform. And she will build on our progress in combatting newer threats like cybercrime. Loretta’s confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law.

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Statement by the Attorney General on the Senate Confirmation of Loretta Lynch

Thursday, April 23, 2015 justice.gov

Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Loretta Lynch:

Loretta Lynch is a gifted attorney, a consummate professional, and a dedicated public servant. I am pleased that the United States Senate has recognized her clear qualifications and the need for her confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.

“At every stage of her career, Loretta has earned the trust and high regard of allies and adversaries alike, both in Washington and throughout the country. She is respected by law enforcement officers, civil rights leaders, and criminal justice officials of all political stripes. In every case and every circumstance, she has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to the rule of law and a steadfast fidelity to the pursuit to justice.

“I have known and worked closely with Loretta for many years, and I know that she will continue the vital work that this Administration has set in motion and leave her own innovative mark on the Department in which we have both been privileged to serve. I am confident that Loretta will be an outstanding Attorney General, a dedicated guardian of the Constitution, and a devoted champion of all those whom the law protects and empowers. I congratulate her on her confirmation, and I look forward to all that the Department of Justice will do and achieve under her exemplary leadership

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Monday, April 27, 2015
11:00 AM ET
Swearing in Ceremony for
Attorney General Loretta Lynch
U.S. Department of Justice

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7th Summit of the Americas

Summit of Americas 2015

2015 CEO Summit of the Americas
2015 CEO Summit of the Americas



On April 10-11, 2015 the Heads of State and Government of the Americas will address the Seventh Summit central theme, “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas“, within which will be discussed several sub-themes, among them security, energy, health, education, migration flows, democratic governance, and citizen participation. The Summit, which occurs every three years, offers the opportunity for countries to jointly define a hemispheric agenda at the highest level to address urgent challenges and propel positive change.

The Seventh Summit of the Americas will take place in Panama City, Panama on April 10-11, 2015.

Participants:

For more information: http://www.summit-americas.org/seventhsummit.htm#

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4/9/15 FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and Programs to Support Youth Development in Central America and the Caribbean
4/9/15 FACT SHEET: U.S.-CARICOM Summit – Deepening Energy Cooperation
4/10/15 FACT SHEET: U.S. Cooperation with Central America; Meeting with Members of the Central America Integration System (SICA)
4/11/15 FACT SHEET: U.S. Participation in the 7th Summit of the Americas

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U.S. – South America Trade Agreements https://ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas

4/10/15 FACT SHEET: U.S. Cooperation with Central America; Meeting with Members of the Central America Integration System (SICA)

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Summit of the Americas Twitter

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President Obama in Town Hall with Young Leaders of the Americas University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
President Obama in Town Hall with Young Leaders of the Americas
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica (more photos)

President Obama’s Summit of the Americas Itinerary 

Wednesday, April 8th

President Obama departs the White House en route to Jamaica

President Obama arrives Kingston, Jamaica
Norman Manley International Airport

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica

Thursday, April 9th

President Obama participates in a guest book signing
Jamaica House, Kingston, Jamaica

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with the Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
Jamaica HouseKingston, Jamaica

President Obama participates in a meeting with the Caribbean Community leaders
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

President Obama participates in a town hall with young leaders
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

President Obama lays a wreath at Heroes Park
Heroes Park Memorial, Kingston, Jamaica

President Obama visits The Bob Marley Museum
Kingston, Jamaica

President Obama departs Jamaica en route to Panama
Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica

President Obama arrives in Panama City, Panama
Tocumen International Airport, Panama City, Panama

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Westin Playa Bonita, Panama City

Friday, April 10th

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with the Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela
RIU Hotel, Panama City, Panama

President Obama holds a multi-lateral meeting with SICA Presidents
RIU Hotel, Panama City, Panama

President Obama participates in the Summit of the Americas CEO Forum ‘100,000 Strong in the Americas’ Initiative
RIU Hotel, Panama City, Panama

President Obama delivers remarks at a Civil Society Forum
Hotel El Panama, Panama City, Panama

President Obama participates in a Civil Society Forum
Hotel El Panama – Panama City, Panama City, Panama

President Obama attends the Summit of the Americas Opening Ceremonies
ATLAPA Convention Center, Panama City, Panama

President Obama attends the Summit of the Americas Leader’s Dinner
Panama Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Saturday, April 11th

President Obama attends the official Summit of the Americas events
ATLAPA Convention Center, Panama City, Panama

President Obama participates in a press conference
ATLAPA Convention Center, Panama City, Panama

President Obama departs Panama en route Washington, D.C.
Tocumen International Airport, Panama City, Panama

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Six World Powers Achieve Iran Nuclear Deal

World Leaders, EU and Iran nuclear framework deal. AP Photo
World Leaders, EU and Iran nuclear framework deal. AP Photo

Iran and EU announce framework for nuclear deal

4/2/15 Bianna Golodryga By Bianna Golodryga – AP

AP) Iran and six world powers have agreed on the outlines of an understanding to limit Iran’s nuclear programs, officials told The Associated Press Thursday. Negotiations continued on a dispute over how much of it to make public.

The officials spoke outside weeklong talks that have been twice extended past the March 31 deadline in an effort to formulate both a general statement of what has been accomplished and documents describing what needs to be done to meet a June 30 deadline for a final accord.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-nuclear-talks-announcement-170259936.html

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April 02, 2015

Statement by the President on the Framework to Prevent Iran from Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon

Rose Garden

2:25 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the United States — together with our allies and partners — has reached a historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

As President and Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people. And I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer.

This has been a long time coming. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been advancing its nuclear program for decades. By the time I took office, Iran was operating thousands of centrifuges, which can produce the materials for a nuclear bomb — and Iran was concealing a covert nuclear facility. I made clear that we were prepared to resolve this issue diplomatically, but only if Iran came to the table in a serious way. When that did not happen, we rallied the world to impose the toughest sanctions in history — sanctions which had a profound impact on the Iranian economy.

Now, sanctions alone could not stop Iran’s nuclear program. But they did help bring Iran to the negotiating table. Because of our diplomatic efforts, the world stood with us and we were joined at the negotiating table by the world’s major powers — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, as well as the European Union.

Over a year ago, we took the first step towards today’s framework with a deal to stop the progress of Iran’s nuclear program and roll it back in key areas. And recall that at the time, skeptics argued that Iran would cheat, and that we could not verify their compliance and the interim agreement would fail. Instead, it has succeeded exactly as intended. Iran has met all of its obligations. It eliminated its stockpile of dangerous nuclear material. Inspections of Iran’s program increased. And we continued negotiations to see if we could achieve a more comprehensive deal.

Today, after many months of tough, principled diplomacy, we have achieved the framework for that deal. And it is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives. This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran will face strict limitations on its program, and Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/02/statement-president-framework-prevent-iran-obtaining-nuclear-weapon

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April 02, 2015

Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Below are the key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program that were decided in Lausanne, Switzerland. These elements form the foundation upon which the final text of the JCPOA will be written between now and June 30, and reflect the significant progress that has been made in discussions between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran. Important implementation details are still subject to negotiation, and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. We will work to conclude the JCPOA based on these parameters over the coming months.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/02/parameters-joint-comprehensive-plan-action-regarding-islamic-republic-ir

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April 02, 2015

Readout of the President’s Calls with President Francois Hollande of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom

The President spoke separately today with President Hollande of France, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom to discuss the political framework reached between the P5+1, the EU, and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The President thanked the leaders for each country’s important role in negotiating this historic step. The leaders affirmed that while nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, the framework represents significant progress towards a lasting, comprehensive solution that cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb and verifiably ensures the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program going forward.

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Iran Deal Could Help Regional Security

March 30, 2015 5:51 PM Pamela Dockins – VOAnews

STATE DEPARTMENT—
A State Department spokeswoman says the Arab League decision to create a joint military force that would counter Iranian and Islamic extremist influence in the region is not having a direct impact on Iran nuclear talks.

However, spokeswoman Marie Harf added that a nuclear deal with Iran could help counter Tehran’s “destabilizing action” in the Middle East region.

Harf commented from Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday, where negotiators for Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany are trying to reach a framework understanding for future talks on Tehran’s nuclear status, ahead of a self-imposed Tuesday deadline.

“The fact that the [Middle East] region is facing a number of challenges right now is one of the main reasons why we want to diplomatically prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” said Harf.

For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/iran-deal-could-help-regional-security/2700348.html

Iran Nuclear Deal

 

July 14, 2015

After many months of principled diplomacy, the P5+1 — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany — along with the European Union, have achieved a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward.

This deal stands on the foundation of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), achieved in November of 2013, and the framework for this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), announced in Lausanne on April 2, 2015 that set the requirements for the deal with the P5+ 1 and Iran, alongside the European Union announced today.

Learn more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/iran-deal

 

Statement by the President on Iran

State Floor

7:02 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure.  This deal is also in line with a tradition of American leadership.  It’s now more than 50 years since President Kennedy stood before the American people and said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”  He was speaking then about the need for discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union, which led to efforts to restrict the spread of nuclear weapons.

In those days, the risk was a catastrophic nuclear war between two super powers.  In our time, the risk is that nuclear weapons will spread to more and more countries, particularly in the Middle East, the most volatile region in our world.

Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.  Because of this deal, the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.

This deal meets every single one of the bottom lines that we established when we achieved a framework earlier this spring.  Every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.  And the inspection and transparency regime necessary to verify that objective will be put in place.  Because of this deal, Iran will not produce the highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium that form the raw materials necessary for a nuclear bomb.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/14/statement-president-iran