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Dec 5, 2013

U.S. says China air defense zone unacceptable, shouldn’t be implemented

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The White House said on
Thursday that China’s new air defense zone over the East China
Sea was “unacceptable” and urged Beijing not to implement it,
but stopped sort of calling for it to rescind its declaration.

Keeping up U.S. criticism, White House spokesman Jay Carney
assailed China for a “dangerous and provocative” move that
increased the risk of stumbling into a crisis, and said that was
not consistent with the behavior of a major power.

Nov 27, 2013

Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The findings were rare good news in the polls for President Barack Obama whose approval ratings have dropped in recent weeks because of the botched rollout of his signature healthcare reform law.

Nov 27, 2013

REUTERS/IPSOS-Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin

WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Americans back a newly
brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very
wary of the United States resorting to military action against
Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a
Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The findings were rare good news in the polls for President
Barack Obama whose approval ratings have dropped in recent weeks
because of the botched rollout of his signature healthcare
reform law.

Nov 25, 2013

Analysis: Iran deal bears Obama’s personal stamp

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When push came to shove in the closing hours of marathon negotiations in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program, it was President Barack Obama, back at the White House, who approved the final language on the U.S. side before the historic deal was clinched.

It was perhaps only fitting that Obama had the last say. His push for a thaw with Tehran, a longtime U.S. foe, dates back to before his presidency, and no other foreign policy issue bears his personal stamp more since he took office in early 2009.

Nov 25, 2013

Iran deal bears Obama’s personal stamp

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When push came to shove in the closing hours of marathon negotiations in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program, it was President Barack Obama, back at the White House, who approved the final language on the U.S. side before the historic deal was clinched.

It was perhaps only fitting that Obama had the last say. His push for a thaw with Tehran, a longtime U.S. foe, dates back to before his presidency, and no other foreign policy issue bears his personal stamp more since he took office in early 2009.

Nov 15, 2013

Obama national security aide chides Israel over settlements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top national security aide on Thursday blamed Israeli settlement expansion announcements for some of the latest tensions between Israel and the Palestinians as U.S.-brokered peace talks between the two sides have faltered.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, said the United States remained committed to Middle East peacemaking, but made clear that it saw Jewish settlement construction plans as hampering those efforts.

Nov 14, 2013

Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver -Obama

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought
to reassure skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that any easing
of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily
be reversed and “ramped back up” if Tehran fails to curb its
nuclear program.

In his most direct appeal yet for more time to pursue a
diplomatic deal with Iran, Obama urged Congress to hold off on
imposing any new sanctions despite concerns on Capitol Hill and
among U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia that he is giving away
too much.

Nov 14, 2013

Obama appeals to Congress to hold off on new sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged
skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to hold off on imposing new
sanctions on Iran, saying that if diplomacy fails to curb
Tehran’s nuclear program, any punitive measures that are eased
through negotiations could be “ramped back up.”

In his most direct appeal yet for more time to pursue a
diplomatic deal with Iran, Obama sought to assuage concerns in
Congress and among U.S. allies including Israel and Saudi Arabia
that his administration is giving away too much in talks between
Tehran and six world powers.

Nov 11, 2013

U.S. Senate will wait before moving on Iran sanctions: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will wait until after a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tough new sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program, Senate aides said on Monday.

Kerry will brief the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday on the status of negotiations for a deal on the nuclear program, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters as Kerry returned from a trip that included a stop at the Iran negotiations in Geneva.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama calls Netanyahu after criticism of Iran nuclear plan

NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

The telephone call marked an apparent bid by Obama to tamp down growing unease over the emerging Iran deal among the United States’ Middle East allies, including Saudi Arabia, as well as mounting opposition to the plan on Capitol Hill.

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