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Jul 28, 2015

Kerry warns U.S. Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

“There are conclusions that have been drawn that don’t in fact match with the reality of what this deal sets forth. And we happily look forward to clarifying that during the course of this hearing,” Kerry told the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.

Jul 28, 2015

Dropping deal a fast track to Iran nuclear weapon, Kerry warns Congress

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – Secretary of State John
Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record
straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from
the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

“There are conclusions that have been drawn that don’t in
fact match with the reality of what this deal sets forth. And we
happily look forward to clarifying that during the course of
this hearing,” Kerry told the House of Representatives Foreign
Affairs Committee.

Jul 24, 2015

Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply “bomb away” Tehran’s atomic know-how.

Testifying publicly before Congress for the first time since world powers reached the landmark accord with Iran last week, America’s top diplomat was confronted head-on by Republican accusations that Iranian negotiators had “fleeced” and “bamboozled” him.

Jul 23, 2015

Critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval – Kerry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling sceptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply “bomb away” Tehran’s atomic know-how.

Testifying before Congress for the first time since world powers reached the landmark accord with Iran last week, America’s top diplomat was confronted head-on by Republican accusations that Iranian negotiators had “fleeced” and “bamboozled” him.

Jul 23, 2015

U.S., Iran both counter-attack critics of nuclear deal

WASHINGTON/DUBAI, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of
State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani both
counter-attacked on Thursday against conservatives at home who
are trying to block last week’s nuclear deal.

In Washington, Kerry told sceptical lawmakers that rejection
of the accord would give Tehran “a great big green light” to
accelerate its atomic programme.

Jul 23, 2015

Kerry mounts furious defense of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, telling skeptical lawmakers that rejection of the accord would give Tehran “a great big green light” to swiftly accelerate its atomic program.

Testifying before Congress for the first time since Iran and world powers reached the deal last week, Kerry fought back against accusations by a senior Republican that America’s top diplomat was “fleeced” by Iranian negotiators in the final round of the Vienna talks.

Jul 23, 2015

U.S. lawmakers seek to change Cuba travel, shipping rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic senators were to introduce amendments to a Senate bill on Thursday that would end some major U.S. restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The measures being put forward at the Senate Appropriations Committee, if approved, would be the first legislation to make it through any congressional committee to facilitate President Barack Obama’s push to normalize relations with Cuba.

Jul 23, 2015

Obama administration takes Iran nuclear deal fight public

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers skeptical about the nuclear deal with Iran promised to press senior Obama administration officials to make more information about it public at a Senate hearing on Thursday as Congress begins its two-month review of the agreement.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the first such public appearance by the cabinet officials since the deal was announced on July 14.

Jul 22, 2015

U.S. Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Republicans vowed on Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby geared up for an all-out campaign next week to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement.

A bigger push against last week’s historic accord in Vienna was being met with a counter-offensive by senior Obama administration officials, who briefed groups of lawmakers in closed-door sessions on Wednesday and will defend the deal in a congressional hearing on Thursday.

Jul 22, 2015

U.S. unlikely to blame China publicly over OPM data breach: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While it privately points the finger at China for massive hacking into the personal data of millions of federal employees, the U.S. government does not plan to publicly blame Beijing, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama’s administration is still debating how it should respond to the breaches, which American officials acknowledge were huge and damaging. China denies any involvement in hacking U.S. databases.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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