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Israel Licks Wounds as Iran Sanctions End, Looks to Future U.S. Aid

Israel bristled on Sunday at the lifting of international sanctions on Iran and vowed to flag up any violations of its arch-foe’s nuclear restrictions while drawing on U.S. defense aid to prepare for a possible military face-off in the future.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to members of the foreign media during the annual toast for the new year in Jerusalem January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Flashback: Obama Said Iran Deal Not Based on ‘Trust’

President Barack Obama insisted in a speech Aug. 5 that the Iran deal “doesn’t require trust,” because it “verifies” Iranian compliance. Now, that claim has been destroyed, thanks to an Associated Press report confirming that Iran will be testing a suspected nuclear site on its own.

Obama Iran speech (Alex Wong / Getty)

WH Denies Secret Iran Deals, Mocks Cotton

Thursday at the White House press briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest addressed concerns brought to light by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) about the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA)  nuclear agreement with Iran on how inspections will proceed and said there

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Report: International Inspectors Fail to Stop Syria Chemical Weapons

International inspectors failed to stop Syria from stockpiling chemical weapons, in spite of an international agreement in 2013, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal on Friday. International inspectors were skeptical of Syria’s claims to have disposed of its stockpiles, but were afraid that reporting violations would destroy the overall deal: “Members of the inspection team didn’t push for answers, worried that it would compromise their primary objective of getting the regime to surrender the 1,300 tons of chemicals it admitted to having.”

The Associated Press

Susan Rice Admits Secret ‘Side Deals’ with Iran

White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted the existence of two secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to accompany the main Iran nuclear deal agreed last week between Iran and the P5+1 powers (U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China).

Susan Rice (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)

Iran Parliament Wants to Revise Nuclear Deal

Iran’s parliament, the Islamic Constituent Assembly, or Majlis, holds the power to revise or delay key parts of the nuclear deal with Iran–even as President Barack Obama and world powers seek a UN Security Council resolution before the U.S. Congress can review the deal.

Iran Parliament Majlis (Behrouz Mehri / AFP / Getty)

IAEA Report Proves Iran Was Researching Nuclear Missiles

Iran was heavily involved in nuclear weapons research, according to documents given to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2005. To date, Iran has refused to acknowledge this past work on nuclear weapons, but IAEA reports leave no doubt the documents are credible and described research only suitable for a nuclear arms.

Reuters