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The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would begin debate next week on a bill that gives Congress the power to review any nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.
"We think the timing is important," McConnell said at his weekly press conference, according to Reuters.
The Iranian regime on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" a demand by U.S. President Barack Obama that Tehran freeze its sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the regime’s Foreign Minister was quoted by state-run Fars News Agency as saying: “Obama’s stance ... is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases ... Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands ... Tehran will continue nuclear negotiations with the six powers."
US President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement.
“If, in fact, Iran is willing to agree to double-digit years of keeping their programme where it is right now and, in fact, rolling back elements of it that currently exist ... if we’ve got that, and we’ve got a way of verifying that, there’s no other steps we can take that would give us such assurance that they don’t have a nuclear weapon," he said in an interview with Reuters.
Interview with Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee
Q: The Iranian Resistance has had many revelations about the Iranian regime's nuclear activities. What is the significance of the recent revelation of the Iranian Resistance about the top secret site of Lavisan-3?
Mohammad Mohaddessin: The revelation of the Lavisan-3 site, as is evident from the reactions of the regime, was a huge blow to the Iranian regime's efforts to obtain the nuclear bomb. This site was kept secret for more than a decade and they were working on excessive enrichment experiments, with advanced centrifuges.
The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran had still not handed over key information to this organization investigating Tehran’s nuclear activities.
"Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures," Yukiya Amano told the body's Board of Governors in Vienna, echoing a report seen by Reuters last month.
A former CIA deputy director who served under President Obama has stated that the 6,500 centrifuges that Iran regime is believed to be allowed to keep operating, is sufficient for building a nuclear weapons program.
According to a report by Politifact, Micheal Morell, now a CBS analyst, has said: ““If you are going to have a nuclear weapons program, 5,000 is pretty much the number you need.”
Iran News in Brief - 3 March 2015