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31st March 2015 - NPR

To The Point

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Switzerland are aiming for a political deal on Iran's nuclear program — enough agreement to allow time for technical details to be worked out by the end of June. We get a progress report.

31st March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal with Jordan is Russia’s Latest Attempt to Woo U.S. Allies

Grant Rumley, Boris Zilberman

Russia’s state-run nuclear-energy company last week signed a $10-billion agreement to build the first two nuclear power plants in Jordan’s history.

31st March 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director discusses the continued negotiations with Iran and prospects of an agreement - Happening Now (FOX News) - March 31, 2015

31st March 2015 - Mentioned by Joel Himelfarb - Newsmax

Reports: Iran Concealing Nuclear Materials in North Korea, Syria Read Latest Breaking News from New

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

As suspicions grow that Iran may be hiding nuclear material in North Korea, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dismissed the possibility and suggested that it was a strange concept, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.

31st March 2015 - CSPAN

Washington Journal

Hillary Mann Leverett and Mark Dubowitz talked about negotiations with Iran over the future of the country’s nuclear program.

31st March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban Commander Involved in Targeting ‘Foreigners’ in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security captured a senior Taliban commander who was involved in the network in the Afghan capital that targets Westerners and other foreigners. The commander also had a hand in the recent assassination of Uruzgan’s police chief, US intelligence officials told...

31st March 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of...

31st March 2015 - Quoted by Hugh Tomlinson, David Taylor - The Times

Obama ‘giving too much away’ to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The US has made fundamental mistakes in nuclear negotiations with Iran that have wrecked the chances for a good deal, an expert on Tehran’s ambitions has claimed.

30th March 2015 - The National Interest

Doomsday: Stopping a Middle East Nuclear Arms Race

David Andrew Weinberg

Imagine the imposition of financial sanctions on the central bank of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—the only Arab member of the G20 group of major economies. To this, add biting multinational trade sanctions to stop the the majority of Saudi Arabia’s oil production from being sold on...

30th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Did the Islamic State Exaggerate Its Role in the Bardo Museum Attack?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Tunisian government’s investigation of the devastating March 18 Bardo museum attack in Tunis yielded a surprising result. While the Islamic State (IS) quickly claimed credit for that attack, Tunisia instead attributed it to the al-Qaeda-aligned Katibat Uqba ibn Nafi, and identified the...

30th March 2015 - FOX Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the status of the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

30th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iranian Reactions to Operation Decisive Storm

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who for roughly six-months have been ascendant and on the offensive, were met with airstrikes from a coalition of 10 countries on Wednesday evening. Designed to “defend and support the legitimate government of Yemen,” the airstrikes prominently feature Gulf...

30th March 2015 - WJLA

Sinclair News

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi comments on the effects of U.S. concessions to Iran in future negotiations with those seeking nuclear capabilities.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Lausanne Dispatch: Secret Facilities in NK, Syria a Possible New Issue in Iran Nuke Talks

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Claudia Rosett

Iran has dispersed elements of its nuclear program to North Korea, introducing redundancy into its nuclear infrastructure that will undermine the usefulness of any deal, according to recently published articles by a range of journalists and policy analysts.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary

Iran Tests Obama’s Desperation Again

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

As the last weekend before the deadline for its nuclear talks with Iran wound down, administration sources were talking as if a deal was a foregone conclusion.

30th March 2015 - CBN News

Netanyahu: Iran Deal ‘Dangerous to All Humanity’

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

30th March 2015 - FoxNews.Com

Deal or no deal? Iran can’t be trusted to abide by agreement

Benjamin Weinthal

If past is prologue, Iran’s signature to an agreement -- or a fuzzy understanding -- to roll back development on its illicit nuclear weapons program will be followed by serious violations on its part.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Obama surrendered leverage in Iran nuke talks by easing sanctions, critics say

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators struggled to clinch a nuclear deal as Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline drew ever nearer, even as critics said the White House already had given up a key point of leverage by easing pressure on Iran’s economy in the months leading up to a prospective deal.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire

Mark Dubowitz

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

In Iran talks, failure is an option

Mark Dubowitz

Even if negotiators in Switzerland strike a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a midnight deadline Tuesday, they can’t relax yet.

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