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Congress Urges President to Ensure Sanctions Do Not Block Medicine for Iranians

NIAC commends Rep. Moran and all twenty-one Members of Congress who sent a letter to President Obama today supporting necessary action to ensure medicine and humanitarian goods for the Iranian people are not unintentionally blocked for Iranians.

NIAC Applauds UN Renewal of Iran Human Rights Rapporteur Mandate

NIAC welcomes this morning's UN Human Rights Council vote to renew the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.

NIAC Commends EU High Representative Ashton for Landmark Iran Visit

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton's trip to Iran is a welcome step towards resolving the tensions between Iran and the West through dialogue and diplomacy.

Rouhani Faces Increasing Challenges on the Domestic Front

The former head of Iran's largest student union for democracy and human rights discussed challenges faced at home by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the midst of nuclear negotiations with the West.

Policy Memo: Why are Sanctions Blocking Medicine for Iranians and How Can We Fix This?

Beginning in 2012, there have been widespread reports that U.S. and European sanctions on Iran have contributed to shortages of life-saving medicine in Iran, including drugs needed to treat cancer, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, and other severe ailments.

Sanctions Exemptions for Communications Technology Expanded

The Treasury and State Department issued a new General License last week to expand and clarify sanctions exemptions to enable the exportation of communication tools to Iranians.

NIAC Applauds UNGA Passage of Iran Human Rights Resolution

NIAC applauds the UN General Assembly's passage of an annual resolution calling on Iran to address human rights violations that have been chronicled in recent reports by Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran.

NIAC Calls for Release of Imprisoned Iranian Bloggers

According to recent reports, the IRGC arrested sixteen writers and bloggers who they accused of acting against national security, including seven employees of the tech website Narenji.com.

Policy Memo: Iran Deal is a Victory for U.S. and Regional Security

The interim agreement signed by Iran and the P5+1 is a major boost to American and regional security. For the first time in eight years, Iran's nuclear program will be frozen and key elements will be rolled back, all under enhanced IAEA inspections.

Nuclear Deal Offers Iranians Some Relief

The interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 and the European Union, which increases the transparency over Iran's nuclear program, allows Iranians who have long suffered under strict sanctions to breathe a sigh of relief.

Policy Memo: A Good Iran Deal - Spin vs Reality

In order to help convert this agreement into a final deal, Congress must have accurate information about the benefits of the interim deal and not allow spin to derail this opportunity to prevent war and prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Washington Post: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Delivers Optimistic 100-Day Progress Report

"A positive next step would be freeing political prisoners." Marashi pointed out that when Iran's foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, returned from Geneva earlier this week, crowds that came to meet him chanted the names of Mousavi and Karroubi.

Democracy Now: Historic Deal Curbs Iran's Nuclear Program While Easing U.S.-Led Devastating Economic Sanctions

"The language that was used in the agreement allows both sides to Walk away with a win/win scenario where the West can say, we are not acknowledging Iran's right to enrich, Iran can say they have acknowledge to our right to enrich, and that is what diplomacy is about at the end of the day, creating win/win outcomes," said Reza Marashi.

Chicago Tribune: Iranian-Americans Cautiously Cheer News of Nuclear Deal with Tehran

"Diplomacy has delivered the U.S. and Iran from the brink of a disastrous war and placed the two countries at the beginning of a brighter, more sustainable path forward," Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said in a statement after the deal was reached on early Sunday in Geneva.

Enrichment Dispute Between Iran And P5+1 Getting Resolved

Much has been said about the differing views between the U.S. and Iran on the issue of the right to enrich. The Iranians see it as an inalienable sovereign right that precedes the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Historic U.S.-Iran Deal Halts the Slide to War

With the deal that was signed in the early morning hours in Geneva on Sunday, the two sides managed to change course from the path to a disastrous war and put us on a road that ends with concrete assurance that Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons.

Policy Memo: Senator Kirk's Diplomacy-Killing Sanctions Amendment

This week, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced an amendment that would amplify sanctions and sabotage ongoing diplomatic negotiations that represent the best chance of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, helping to pave the path to war.

NIAC Commends UNGA Third Committee for Iran Human Rights Resolution

NIAC commends the UN General Assembly's Third Committee for passing an annual resolution calling on Iran to address human rights violations detailed most recently in a report published by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.

Negotiations with Iran Show Promise, But True Test Comes Later

After objections by France caused a momentary disruption, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) are once again united and meeting in Geneva this week with Iranian representatives to strike a deal on Iran's nuclear program. The prospects for success appear favorable.

UN to Vote on Iran Human Rights Resolution

The UN General Assembly's Third Committee is set to vote today on a resolution concerning the human rights situation in Iran.

Business Day: Pressure Rises for Iran Nuclear Talks to Deliver

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani risks losing the backing of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei if the moderate's "charm offensive" with the West since taking office in August fails to bear fruit. "So far Iranian discipline in supporting Rouhani has been impressive and unprecedented," said Trita Parsi.

NIAC Urges UN to Approve Resolution on Human Rights in Iran

NIAC urges the UN Third Committee to approve a resolution continued violations of human rights inside Iran.

In Geneva, U.S. and Iran Near the Finish Line

As three days of intensive negotiations came to a close here in Geneva, I was reminded of an old Winston Churchill quote that aptly describes the challenge facing America and Iran: "Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions."

6 Reasons Iran Deal Was Good for America

Diplomacy is never easy. Top diplomats of Iran, the United States and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, spent three days debating a first, interim deal on Iran's nuclear program. And an agreement was found: After 34 years of estrangement, Iran and the U.S. were finally on the same page.

Jacking up Iran Sanctions Would Kill Peace Talks

With nuclear negotiations set to resume on Thursday in Geneva between Iran, the United States and their negotiating partners, recent signs of progress have raised expectations for a breakthrough to long-stalled negotiations.

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