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Washington, 30 Jul - The Obama administration's nuclear deal earlier this month with Iran does not prevent Tehran from having a "nuclear weapons capability", an official of the main opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran has said.

"A closer look at the details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, however, provides little cause for celebration", Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI's Washington office, wrote on Thursday in Roll Call.

Washington, 29 Jul - United States Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince US lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

Days after tough questioning by lawmakers at an emotional Senate hearing, Kerry sharpened his response to criticism that the deal's provisions were temporary and would not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in the long run.

Iran Focus

Washington, 29 Jul - A former international nuclear inspector, an Iranian opposition figure, and the former Commander of the USS Cole will discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal and its impact on regional security, nuclear weapons verification challenges and its impact inside Iran at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Monday, 3 August at 10:30 a.m.

Tehran, 21 Jul - The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) objected on Monday to the United Nations Security Council resolution that is part of the landmark nuclear agreement, asserting it crossed some “red lines” concerning Iranian defences.

The objection, by Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, appeared to open a new point of contention within Iran’s political hierarchy.

General Jafari’s remarks, reported in an interview with Iran's state-run Tasnim news agency, appeared to be primarily concerned with the restrictions in the Security Council resolution on the Iranian regime’s missile capabilities.

Iran Focus

New York, 20 Jul - The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose UN penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement.

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