The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), headed by Assistant Secretary Anne Patterson, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform. Clickable Map»

Nuclear Deal With Iran

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 11): "Under this agreement, Iran is in a much tighter box, if you will, because they have to live up to the international agreement with the threat that all the sanctions will snap back if they don't." Full Text» More»

President Obama Speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal at American University

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President Obama (Aug. 5): "We built a coalition and held it together through sanctions and negotiations, and now we have before us a solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, without resorting to war." Full Text»

Date: 08/03/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar, on August 3, 2015, during a news conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah after the Secretary briefed members of the Gulf Cooperation Council about the Iran nuclear deal. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Aug. 3): "There is no shortage of urgent and complex challenges that are facing the United States, Qatar, and the Gulf states today. But frankly, so too there is no shortage of opportunity." Full Text» Joint Statement» Trip Page»

Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration's Case

Secretary Kerry (July 28): "We believe this deal makes our country and our allies safer; it will guarantee that Iran’s program is under intense scrutiny...therefore is a good deal for the world, a good deal for America...and we believe it richly deserves your support." Full Text»

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