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NPR: Interview with Reza Marashi

"One of the great tragedies of US-Iran relations over the last 34 years has been the lack of communication, and when you're not communicating it fuels misperceptions and miscalculations," says Reza Marashi, beginning at 43:25.

Sanctions Relief Could be Biggest Obstacle to Iran Deal

While by all accounts nuclear negotiations with Iran are making serious progress, several reports over the past week have indicated that Iran is encountering problems receiving sanctions relief under the JPOA.

Kerry and Senate Chairman Spar Over Iran Talks

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez and Secretary of State John Kerry held a heated exchange over what will be achieved in a final nuclear deal with Iran.

Gulf News: Why the GCC Should Welcome Iran Nuclear Talks

A nuclear deal that stops proliferation, evades war, reorients Iran in a more conciliatory direction, and increases interactions that make conflict more costly, can achieve just that.

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.

The Hill: Preparing for success in Iran negotiations

Unless Congress is ready to delegate to the president the necessary authorities to begin lifting sanctions if and when a deal is reached, those same sanctions that many in Congress credit for the recent diplomatic progress could end up being the biggest obstacle to a nuclear deal.

Iran Matters: Will US Sanctions Scuttle a Nuclear Deal With Iran?

The White House must be prepared to meet its commitments under a nuclear deal and, in so doing, ensure that Iran does the same. It would be a terrible irony if the sanctions which its advocates contend are responsible for the seriousness of Iran's present engagement acted as a final bar to a secure and stable nuclear agreement with Iran.

Al Monitor: In Iran New Year's Address, Khamenei Questions Holocaust

Khamenei's Holocaust denial remarks are "extremely problematic and deeply disappointing, because these things do undermine a very carefully constructed, useful atmosphere that has been built, that can help facilitate a [nuclear] agreement," Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, told Al-Monitor Friday.

Huffington Post: In Vienna, U.S. and Iran Building a Recipe for Success

As the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) came to a close here in Vienna, one thing stood out above all else: the two sides are equally invested in building a recipe for success.

LA Times: Why Sanctions Don't Really Work

"What no one seems to notice is that it was the U.S. that made the key concession that led to these talks. The Iranians have been demanding all along that their right to enrich be recognized. Bush refused that point-blank for eight years. Obama refused for four years, all the way through the first term. Now the U.S. has accepted it," said Trita Parsi.

Policy Memo: Barriers to Lifting US Sanctions in a Final Deal with Iran

NIAC details the existing authorizations for the President to waive and terminate sanctions and discusses the problems these limited authorities may pose for a final deal.

Bank of Hawaii Re-Opens Accounts for Iranians in U.S.

NIAC welcomes the decision by Bank of Hawaii to re-open bank accounts for Iranian customers.

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.

Policy Memo: Menendez-Graham Iran Letter Will Complicate Diplomacy

The Iran policy letter being circulated by Senators Menendez and Graham will complicate nuclear negotiations with Iran. The letter includes implicit demands for "zero enrichment" and sets other unrealistic and unnecessary requirements for a final agreement.

NIAC Statement on House and Senate Iran Letters

NIAC has serious concerns with the language in the Senate letter regarding demands for a final deal and will oppose it. NIAC will not oppose the House letter.

40 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Diplomacy, Uphold Iran Deal

Forty national organizations have sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging that Congress uphold the preliminary nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and support negotiations towards a final deal.

Bank of Hawaii Closes Bank Accounts for Iranians Living in U.S.

NIAC has called on Bank of Hawaii to reverse its discriminatory decision to terminate bank accounts held by Iranians in the U.S.

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.

Huffington Post: In Vienna, U.S. and Iran Inch Toward a Better Future

While we are not yet in the clear, we are most certainly in uncharted waters. Successful nuclear diplomacy in Geneva strengthened relationships between all relevant parties and provided valuable insights into their perspectives. Looking ahead, four big picture issues will go a long way toward making or breaking the peace.

Al Jazeera: US-Iran Deal: Compromise is Key

As a new phase of nuclear talks begins between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) in Vienna on February 18, one thing is clear: From here onwards, diplomacy depends primarily on the ability of the presidents of Iran and the US to absorb and sell compromise.

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 "Give Diplomacy a Chance" Congressional Letter

NIAC commends the 104 Members of Congress who signed the bipartisan "Give Diplomacy a Chance" letter sent to President Obama today.

Former Officials Urge Congress and White House to Work Together for Iran Deal

Nicholas Burns urged for closer cooperation between Congress and the White House regarding Iran negotiations as Robert Einhorn warned against legislating terms that could undermine final deal.

NIAC Applauds Sanctions Halt, Time to Focus on Diplomacy

In the face of overwhelming support for diplomacy, Senator Menendez and AIPAC have halted their push for new sanctions that would torpedo negotiations.

U.S. News: An All-Out Assault on Diplomacy

The effort to pass new sanctions is not a mere difference of opinion on what are the best diplomatic tactics. It is a full scale assault on the notion that we should be engaging in diplomacy in the first place.

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