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December 27, 2013 11:33 am

Senators Boxer, Feinstein Side With Obama on Iran Sanctions Debate

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SF Gate- A showdown is looming in the Senate next month over increased U.S. sanctions on Iran that could unravel a tentative international agreement over Iranian nuclear development, with President Obama on one side and Israel on the other. And California’s senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, usually staunch allies of Israel, are both siding with Obama.

The Nov. 24 agreement requires Iran to freeze its nuclear program, halt work on  a heavy-water reactor and stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent of purity, far below the weapons-grade level. It also provides for daily inspections by international weapons monitors. In exchange, the international community agreed to suspend some of the sanctions, to the tune of $7 billion a year, that have frozen transactions with Iranian oil, banking and other industries. The six-month deal, intended as a prelude to a long-term agreement, was approved by Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, and the U.S., Great Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany.

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  • I never thought of Feinstein being a staunch supporter of Israel.Many times on croosfire a CNN talk show she sided with Robert Novak a staunch enemy of Israel,on U.S. policy towards Israel


    Iran continuing to develop new centrifuges for uranium enrichment 12/27/13

    Iran’s nuclear chief , Ali Akbar Salehi , said the country is building a new generation of more sophisticated centrifuges, which are able to enrich uranium faster and that they will be given further tests and then they will be mass produced.The government of President Hassan Rouhani says the deal recognizes Iran’s right to enrich uranium.

    The US interpretation (rejected by the Iranian negotiating team) is that , Iran promised not to bring new centrifuges into operation for six months, part of temporary limitations on its uranium enrichment program in return for the easing of some sanctions. But the deal does not stop it from developing centrifuges.

    Salehi also denied that Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent and neutralize its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium. His comments also show that the country is moving ahead with its nuclear program .