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July 10, 2015

Russia Navy Developing ‘Carrier Killer’ Subs

The Washington Free Beacon
Jack Caravelli
The Russian Navy is investing in two new submarines, one of which is being described by the head of Russia’s state-owned shipbuilding corporation as a “carrier killer,” according to the independent Moscow Times.

July 10, 2015

Iran nuclear talks will reach compromise 'soon': Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he believed global powers and Iran will "soon" reach a compromise in talks on Tehran's nuclear programme.

July 10, 2015

Defense Secretary Says Iran Nuclear Deal Must Be Verifiable

The Washington Free Beacon
Bill Gertz
The international nuclear deal with Iran now in the final stages of negotiation must be verifiable and cannot be based on trust, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.

July 10, 2015

Iran Opens Campaign to Lay Blame on U.S. if Nuclear Talks Fail

The New York Times
Thomas Erdbrink
As nuclear negotiations in Vienna grind on through deadline after deadline, Iranian officials have begun a public campaign to blame the United States in the event that the talks fail.

July 10, 2015

US Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Sanctions on North Korea

Voice of America
Jee Abbey Lee
Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea, responding to a House measure introduced earlier this year. The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 was introduced Thursday by Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

July 10, 2015

US should not let chance slip to resolve Iran issue

China Daily
The Nation
The deadline to reach a long-term comprehensive deal on the Iranian nuclear issue was extended last month from June 30 to July 7 in Vienna. The world has never been so close to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, but a number of unresolved issues could still let this hard-won opportunity slip, which would be a shame.

July 9, 2015

What You Need to Know About the Coming Deal With Iran

The Huffington Post
Joe Cirincione
A deal to roll back and constrain Iran's nuclear program may come this week. Here is what you need to know about this historic agreement and its global implications. On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of going on NPR's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, who had some very important questions to ask about the Iran negotiations currently underway in Vienna. This Q&A is a modified version of our conversation.

July 9, 2015

White House Shrugs as Iran Nuclear Talks Move Into Overtime

Toluse Olorunnipa and Terry Atlas
U.S. officials brushed aside the latest delay in negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which sets another clock ticking for the Obama administration. The failure of Iran and world powers to seal a deal in Vienna on Thursday means Congress will get 60 days rather than 30 to review -- and potentially reject -- any agreement sent to lawmakers before Sept. 8. It also gives President Barack Obama’s domestic opponents more time to try to upend the negotiations.

July 9, 2015

Key U.S. senator 'very happy' Iran nuclear talks will go on

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday he did not see the continuation of Iran nuclear talks as a problem for U.S. lawmakers, who have the opportunity to vote on a deal after one is reached.

July 8, 2015

Watch Out, India: Pakistan Is Ready to Use Nuclear Weapons

The National Interest
Zachary Keck
Pakistan is ready to use nuclear weapons against India, a senior Pakistani official confirmed on Monday. Appearing on the Pakistani television channel “Geo,” Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that Islamabad is willing to use nuclear weapons to ensure its survival.

July 8, 2015

India in talks with Russia for leasing a new nuclear submarine

India is in final talks with Russia to lease a new nuclear attack submarine, giving a much needed boost to its depleting underwater fleet. Signaling a difference in approach by the Modi-led government, India is now looking to lease a newly built, customized submarine, unlike in the past when older vessels were refurbished and handed over to India, the Times of India reported on Wednesday.

July 8, 2015

Iran ex-president says lifting sanctions would be a 'giant step' after US hostility

The Guardian
Ian Black
Agreement on lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme would be a “giant step” forward after decades of hostility by the United States, according to Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Islamic republic’s former president and its greatest political survivor.

July 7, 2015

North Korea blasts arrival of U.S. submarine in South Korean port

Elizabeth Shim
North Korea condemned the arrival of a U.S. guided-missile submarine at the South Korean port city of Busan, and said the ship could be used in a nuclear strike against the North.

July 7, 2015

Iran nuclear talks extended, source says 48 hours left for deal

John Irish and Arshad Mohammed
Iran and major powers gave themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours.

July 7, 2015

Iran nuclear deal still elusive as another deadline passes

The Globe and Mail
Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper Associated Press
Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday.

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