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Vienna nuclear talks - Day 2: Iran, six powers face 'significant gaps'

VIENNA (Reuters) - Negotiators from Iran and six world powers struggled on Wednesday to narrow "significant gaps" in talks aimed at clearing the way for a long-term accord on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

The negotiators from Iran and the so-called P5-plus-one - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - plan after their two days of talks in Vienna to start drafting the agreement to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline.


White House: Iran's choice for UN envoy 'not viable'

The United States has notified the Iranian regime that its choice of a man -- who participated in the 1979 taking of American hostages -- to be the regime's new U.N. ambassador is not viable, the White House said Tuesday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration finds Iran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi's extremely troubling, and said the White House shares concern raised by the U.S. Senate.


Iranian regime's Choice for U.N. Post Denied Entry Into the U.S.

The United States Senate voted unanimously on Monday night to bar the Iranian regime's newly named ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States, charging that he was involved in the hostage-taking at the United States Embassy in Tehran in 1979, the New York Times reported.

The vote came together in a matter of hours after Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, joined forces with Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand from Texas, who has been inveighing against Hamid Aboutalebi, for more than a week.


Kerry says Iran ‘breakout’ window now seen as two months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the current view of the Iran “breakout” period for developing nuclear weapons capability is two months.

“I think it’s public knowledge today that we’re operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months. That’s been in the public domain,” Kerry testified at a Senate hearing.


US Senate bill to bar Aboutalebi is expected to pass

A measure that would ban the Iranian regime's recently appointed ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States is expected to be approved by the U.S. Senate Monday evening and could pass unanimously, a legislative victory for its lead sponsor, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Washington Post reported.


Iran: A prisoner hanged in Ardebil

NCRI - The Iranian regime hanged a prisoner in a prison on Monday in northwestern city of Ardebil , state-run Fars News Agency reported.

The Iranian regime's judiciary in the city did not identify the victim who had been imprisoned on drug related charges.


US Senators call on Obama to bring back suspended sanctions if Iran, Russia violate temporary freeze of Iran's nuclear program

Source: PolitickerNJ
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to warn Iran that suspended sanctions could be reimposed if the country tries to violate the November 2013 plan that established a short-term freeze of parts of Iran's nuclear program.


Senior MEP: Iran's 'hysteria' over EP resolution underlines a continuing firm policy

Press release by Struan Stevenson, MEP, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran:

The hysterical Reaction of the Iranian Regime to the European Parliament's Resolution, underlines the need for a continuing firm policy against the barbaric violation of human rights, nuclear projects and regional warmongering

On 3rd April the European Parliament adopted a moderately critical resolution on Iran causing a hysterical and unprecedented hostile reaction from the mullah's regime. Many Iranian government officials, including the so called “moderate” Foreign Minister, the Speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament), the chair of the Iranian Parliament’s Security and Intelligence committee, Tehran’s Friday Prayer Leader, numerous members of the Majlis and the overwhelming majority of the media, have mounted relentless attacks on the EU, questioning why the European Parliament has dared to include human rights violations and the anti-democratic behaviour of the regime of Iran in the on-going nuclear discussions.


Spain arrests 4 over Iran nuclear sanctions violation

Spanish police said Monday they had arrested four members of a network that was trying to ship machinery to Iran in violation of international sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported from Madrid.

Three Spaniards and one Iranian were trying to send to Iran two metal-molding machines originally purchased in the U.K., police said. The machines could be used for civilian purposes or to make parts of missiles or gas centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the officers said.


Iranian regime and world powers enter new nuclear talks

(Reuters) - Iran and six world powers began a new round of negotiations on Tuesday aimed at settling their decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program by late July, despite wide differences on how to get there.

Chief negotiators from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia started a two-day meeting around 9:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) at the U.N. complex in Vienna, where they have held two previous such sessions since February.


Iraq executes two despite international outcry

(AFP) - Iraq executed two people convicted on anti-terror charges today, the justice ministry said, despite international condemnation of Baghdad's use of the death penalty and criticism of the country's judicial system.

The executions, carried out by hanging, were the first to be confirmed since March 13, and brought to at least 46 the total number of people put to death so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on statements from the justice ministry and officials.


Iranian regime parliamentary delegation cancels visit to Europe

On April 3, 2014 European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing human rights violations in Iran NCRI - A member of the Iranian regime's parliament declared on Tuesday the parliament has decided to cancel an upcoming visit to Europe in protest to latest European Parliament resolution on human rights in Iran, official IRNA news agency reported.

Kazem Jalali issued the statement addressing Tarja Cronberg who had invited a parliamentary delegation of Iranian regime to travel to Strasburg on April 27-28.


Iranian regime's criminal 'Justice Minister' to visit Iraq tomorrow

The Iranian regime's Justice Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi,  one of the main officials responsible for the massacre of thousands of Iranian opposition members, plans to pay an official visit to Iraq.

Pour Mohammadi, is scheduled to participate in separate meetings with other senior Iraqi officials, including Nouri Al-Maliki.