Diplomacy

Reid Applauds Iran Missile Sanctions

Pelosi: Obama Administration ‘Never Appeased Iran’
 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she believed the positive relations brought about by the Iran nuclear deal catalyzed the speedy release of the ten U.S. sailors taken captive by Iran Tuesday.

Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation ‘Days Away’
 

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the country has made significant progress toward implementing the nuclear deal with Iran, saying Iran has “literally shipped out its capacity currently to build a nuclear weapon.”

Kerry Blasts Senate on Nominations Hold Up
 

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the Senate’s inability to bring a vote to the floor to fill a number of vacant diplomatic positions is hurting the nation’s efforts against the Islamic State.

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’
 

Earnest: Two-State Solution 'Unlikely' Under Obama
 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that it is unlikely a two-state solution in Israel will be adopted while Obama is still in office, and that diplomatic talks between Israel and Palestine on the subject are still far-off.

“However, if there is an opportunity for us to try to move the process in that direction, short of talks, that's something that the United States remains committed to,” Earnest said.

Casey: Russia, Iran in ‘Clear Violation’ of Intl. Resolutions
 

A senior Democrat on the Finance Committee and former Foreign Relations Committee member, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has been in conversation with the State Department on countering the finance activities of the Islamic State. 

 Ahead of the Syria talks in Vienna on Friday, Casey voiced his concern that the governments of Iran and Russia “continue to offer a lifeline to a murderous Assad.” He noted they have been in “clear violation” of U.N. Security Council resolutions in the past and therefore, the intentions of charting a diplomatic path on Syria with Iran and Russia should be made clear: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must go. 

US Anticipates Iran Will Participate in Syria Talks
 

State Department Spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. “anticipates” Iran to take part in the multilateral talks on Syria scheduled for the end of this week in Vienna, but would not comment on if the U.S. officially invited Iran.

What You Missed: Hillary Clinton’s 2015 Benghazi Testimony
 

In the midst the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the House Select Committee on Benghazi grilled Clinton on the administration’s handling of the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.