Tens of Thousands of Christians Urge World Powers to Take Firm Line in Iran Talks

P5+1 member countries met with Iranian officials amid negotiations about the future of their country’s nuclear program, July 6, 2015.
(Photo: US State Department)

Tens of thousands of Christians signed on to a global petition organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) urging world powers involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations to take a firm line with Iran.

The petition calls on the Western powers involved in the talks—US, UK, France, and Germany (not including the non-Western P5+1 countries, Russia and China)—as well as the European Union and United Nations to “hold firm in demanding the complete dismantling of the Iranian nuclear facilities until any sanctions relief is given to Tehran.”

Specifically, the petition calls for Iran to completely dismantle its nuclear program and for sanctions to remain in place until the Islamic Republic “relinquishes its destructive goals of spreading terrorism, destroying Israel, and achieving regional hegemony.”…

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Iranian Official: Possible Nuclear Deal No Single Remedy for All Problems with West

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali underlined that any possible nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers would never resolve the country's problems with the West.

“We shouldn’t think that if an agreement is made, everything will be settled and we will not have any problems with the west but we should have plans in different aspects after the deal,” Jalali said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Monday.

Stressing that the resistance economy is one of Iran's permanent strategies with or without a nuclear agreement, he said the regional issues, especially the proxy wars in the region, orchestrated by the US and its regional allies, are another point which should receive due attention.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) are in the final phase of their last round of talks in Vienna to draft a final deal to end their over-a-decade-long nuclear standoff….

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Iranian Stocks Extend Gains on Bets Nuclear Deal Is Imminent

Iran’s equities gained for a fifth day as investors speculated officials from the Persian Gulf country and world powers may soon agree on a nuclear deal.

The Tehran Stock Exchange’s benchmark TEDPIX Index rose 2.3 percent at the close, the highest in three months. Tamin Petroleum & Petrochemical Investment Co. was the biggest contributer to the increase, advancing 4.6 percent.

Iran moved closer to ending a 12-year dispute that led to sanctions after reaching a deal Sunday to lift a United Nations arms embargo, resolving one of the biggest issues in the negotiations. An agreement to start removing restrictions that have crippled Iran’s economy may be reached as soon as today, according to diplomats involved in the talks….

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Iran deal ‘done,’ Israeli report says, after major US concessions

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer (L) meet with members of the US delegation at the garden of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015.
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A deal has been reached between the world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program after a series of major American concessions, Ehud Yaari, the Middle East affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 television, said Friday night. “It is done. It is done,” he said, and will be signed “early next week.”

The aim of the agreement is to put a negotiated end to a 13-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program and to block its pathway to developing a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting biting global sanctions. Israel’s leadership has relentlessly opposed the emerging agreement, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning that it will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal.

According to Yaari, Israel’s most respected Middle East analyst, the deal was reached because the Americans “have made a series of capitulations over the past two to three weeks in almost every key aspect that was being debated.”…

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