In this interview with Gary Baumgarten, former congressman and current Talk Radio News Service correspondent Bob Ney explains the Iran nuke deal, outlines the guarantees it offers against a nucler Iran, talks about chances of blocking it in Congress, analyzes how it is good for Iran and the world and looks at missed opportunities to use the deal as a wedge to stop Iran’s human rights violations and antisemitism.
After more than two weeks of marathon negotiations, Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down an historic nuclear deal on Sunday that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic program. But Iranian and Western officials said it was highly unlikely they would be able to finalize an agreement as soon as hoped, saying the earliest a deal could be ready was more likely Monday.
“I think we are getting to some real decisions,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
Appearing on the CBS News program Face the Nation, Secretary of State John Boehner warned against the United States and five other western nations agreeing to a bad deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Saying it’s better to have no deal than one that’s bad.
Boehner says, if President Obama were to back out of talks, he would applaud him. But he fears that won’t happen.
“From everything that’s leaked from these negotiations, the administration has backed away from almost all of the guidelines that they set out for themselves,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying – once again – to convince the world that any deal with Iran over its nuclear program would be a bad one. Noting that – even as both sides engage in sensitive talks, Iran’s supreme leader is calling for a fight against the United States. No matter whether there’s an agreement or not.
Negotiations between Iran and the P-five-plus-one group of countries over a final deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program continue in Vienna.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have discussed the remaining differences over the text of the deal in a meeting. They were also joined by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi.
Earlier today, Kerry also held a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. On Friday, Foreign Minister Zarif said that Iran knows no deadlines over the agreement. He said reaching what he described as a good deal is possible provided the P5+1 shows a strong political will.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says they’re close. Very close. To reaching an agreement. Six Western nations with Iran. Over Iran’s nuclear program. But there is skepticism, fear and distrust by the Israelis. So much so that there’s a massive effort to win some Democratic votes over to the Republican side. To insure that any measure blocking an agreement in Congress is veto-proof.
Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian-Council says, thus far, there aren’t enough votes to override a presidential veto. But that could change during the prescribed review process.
“Who knows what will happen over the next 30 or 60 days,” he says.
There were rumors that they were about to reach a deal with Iran today. Secretary of State John Kerry says, they are close. That the reason they keep extending the deadline is that they are hopeful for a deal. But he adds, there is no rush. And the United States and its partners negotiating with Iran, won’t be rushed.
President Obama says the chances of a nuclear agreement with Iran are at “less than 50-50,” even as he worked to reassure Senate Democrats that he won’t accept a bad deal.
The president sounded a fresh note of pessimism as the nuclear talks in Vienna missed yet another self-imposed deadline — and as his administration has sought to refute accusations that it is desperate for a deal. “He said the chances he thought were less than 50-50 at this point and that he wouldn’t agree to something he thought was weak or unenforceable,.” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was at the meeting where Obama expressed his doubts