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    Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador Exploited American Hostages

    While posing as a friendly and pragmatic reformer, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stuck a finger in the eye of Washington by appointing a diplomat who participated in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as Iran’s next representative to the United Nations. Hamid Aboutalebi was a member … More

    Israel Intercepts Missile Shipment from Iran as U.S. Shortchanges Missile Defense

    Last week, Iran was once again caught red-handed shipping arms, including advanced rockets, to Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli navy intercepted the Klos-C, a Panamanian-flagged ship, in the Red Sea on March 5. It was slated to offload a clandestine shipment of mortar shells, bullets, and surface-to-surface missiles in Sudan … More

    Iran: More Sanctions Pressure Needed to Salvage an Acceptable Nuclear Deal

    The Obama Administration, which signed an agreement with Iran on Saturday on how to implement its November 24 interim nuclear deal, is now seeking to suppress bipartisan congressional efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran if it violates the interim agreement. Although the text of the most recent agreement has not … More

    Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, gives us his take on the latest deal with Iran. Will the interim agreement stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program? The agreement will marginally slow, but not halt, Iran’s nuclear efforts. It has been incorrectly described as a “freeze,” but many … More

    Iran Gains Sanctions Relief from the Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration, eagerly seeking a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, is now signaling that it will ease the sanctions that finally forced Tehran to the negotiating table. On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama Administration is considering the easing of some sanctions to further … More

    U.S. Allies Voice Alarm over Obama’s Middle East Policies

    Saudi Arabia and Israel, two key U.S. allies, have publicly challenged the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies this week and expressed alarm over the unraveling of America’s reputation as a dependable ally. Both are understandably concerned that the Administration is succumbing to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive and is … More

    The Beirut Bombing: 30th Anniversary of an Iranian Terrorist Plot

    Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of an event that should jog memories about why Iran cannot be trusted to abide by its weak and disingenuous promises on the nuclear issue: the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The Marines were deployed as part of a Western … More

    Netanyahu: Don’t Be Fooled by Iran’s Rouhani

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday not to fall prey to Iranian President Rouhani’s smooth talk. Netanyahu argued that since the 1979 revolution, Iran has used different rhetorical strategies, but the regime has not changed; it is as determined as ever to build nuclear … More

    Rouhani’s U.N. Speech: Softer Rhetoric, but Iran Remains Defiant

    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran snubbed the Obama Administration’s efforts to stage a symbolic meeting and delivered an underwhelming speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Although he brought a change of tone, there was little change in substance: Iran continues to refuse to comply with U.N. Security … More

    How Not to Negotiate with Russia: The Missile Defense Fiasco

    Russia’s objections to U.S. missile defense development and deployment have been on the agenda of consecutive American Administrations starting with Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. For President Obama, it became a high priority as Moscow turned missile defense disagreement into a principal bone of contention. But he threw it under … More