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Sep 9, 2015

I won’t shrink from military action against Iran if needed: Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday not to shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, the former secretary of state reiterated her support for the accord but cautioned that she would take an approach of “distrust and verify” toward Iran if she won the November, 2016 presidential election.

Sep 9, 2015

Clinton vows tough approach to Iran on nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday she would not shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, the former secretary of state reiterated her support for the accord but cautioned that she would take an approach of “distrust and verify” toward Iran if she won the November, 2016 presidential election.

Sep 8, 2015

Clinton apologizes for using private email as U.S. secretary of state

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – U.S. presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton for the first time apologized on
Tuesday for using a private email server at her New York home
for her official communications as secretary of state.

“That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take
responsibility,” Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic
Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential election, said in an
interview with ABC News, while still insisting that she violated
no rules.

Sep 8, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department plans to move about 50 workers into temporary jobs to bolster the office sifting through Hillary Clinton’s emails and grappling with a vast backlog of other requests for information to be declassified, officials said on Tuesday.

The move illustrates the huge administrative burden caused by Clinton’s decision to use a private email address for official communications as secretary of state and a judge’s ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that they be released.

Sep 1, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

Jul 15, 2015

Analysis – U.S., Iran finesse inspections of military sites in nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran finessed how U.N. inspectors will get access to Iranian military sites in Tuesday’s nuclear agreement, with a formula that gives the United Nations strong inspection powers while allowing Tehran to save face.

Deep in the deal’s details is a procedure under which Iran would have to provide access to suspect sites, including at its military facilities, within 24 days. If Iran refused, it would face the possibility of U.N. sanctions being slapped back on it.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S., Iran finesse inspections of military sites in nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran finessed how U.N. inspectors will get access to Iranian military sites in Tuesday’s nuclear agreement, with a formula that gives the United Nations strong inspection powers while allowing Tehran to save face.

Deep in the deal’s details is a procedure under which Iran would have to provide access to suspect sites, including at its military facilities, within 24 days. If Iran refused, it would face the possibility of U.N. sanctions being slapped back on it.

Jul 15, 2015

Infuriating patience pays off for Kerry and Zarif on Iran deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – In a stunning tweet on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared: “#IranDeal is the victory of diplomacy & mutual respect”.

Except that it wasn’t. The latest round of ministerial negotiations between Iran and six world powers on curbing Iran’s nuclear program were still in full swing, 17 days in, and Rouhani had jumped the gun. The tweet was deleted.

Jul 14, 2015

Draft nuclear deal calls for access to all Iranian sites: source

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. inspectors would have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military ones, under a draft nuclear deal that six major powers and Iran are working to finalize on Tuesday, a diplomatic source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the U.N. access would be based on consultations between the six powers and Iran under the draft deal, which would impose limits on the Iranian nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.

Jul 14, 2015

Exclusive: Draft deal calls for U.N. access to all Iran sites – source

VIENNA (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday.

    The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N. Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including Iranian limitations on its nuclear program and relief from sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of 2016.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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