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US Republicans Continue Attack on Iran Nuclear Deal

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Republicans in the United States continue to criticize President Barack Obama's preliminary agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear development program.

Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to Obama, told the television show Fox News Sunday the prospective deal the United States and five other world powers negotiated with Iran is "not the kind of deal that will protect us and people around the world."

Romney called for stricter economic sanctions than the West and the United Nations have imposed on Iran in an effort to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.  Romney said "a bad deal is not as good as no deal."

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S. Korea, Japan Discuss N. Korea Nuclear Threat Amid Tensions

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Despite strained relations over territorial disagreements and historical disputes, South Korea and Japan will resume security talks this week. These talks are not so much a sign the two neighbors are resolving longstanding differences but instead a recognition that they need to work together to curb the growing nuclear threat from North Korea.

The meeting between senior foreign ministry and defense ministry officials will be the first high-level security dialogue to take place between Japan and South Korea in more than five years.

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Russia, Iran Start Oil-for-goods Swap

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliveries to Iran and Moscow started an oil-for-goods swap with Tehran, showing the Kremlin's determination to boost economic ties with the Islamic Republic.

The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear program and signal that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

The Kremlin said Putin signed a decree lifting Russia's own ban on the delivery of S-300 anti-missile rocket system to Iran, removing a major irritant between the two after Moscow canceled a corresponding contract in 2010 under pressure from the West.

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Russia Hits Nordic Defense Pact as 'Confrontational'

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Russia has criticized five Nordic nations for signing a joint defense pact, accusing the governments of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden of "confrontational approaches" to regional defense and security issues.

Sunday's Russian Foreign Ministry critique came just days after Nordic leaders, in a formal declaration, agreed to boost military cooperation in the face of what the document described as "aggressive" Russian military behavior in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe.

Military tensions between Russia and Western governments have risen dramatically in the past 12 months, as the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine has gained strength and direct Russian military involvement in the uprising has become more apparent.

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Hacking Firestorm Rages Through Internet

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First came reports that Lenovo’s “Superfish” software was designed to intentionally break secure connections and steal users’ private data.

Then, Gemalto – the world’s largest SIM card manufacturer – announced it had “reasonable grounds” to conclude British and American intelligence services stole the firm’s encryption keys for billions of mobile phones.

Next, the cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs revealed that cyber-criminals, using a new bit of malware dubbed “Carbanak.” quietly stole upward of $1 billion from dozens of European banks before anyone caught on. And then came “Fanny,” a newly discovered package of crypto-worms and viruses with close similarities to Stuxnet that began turning up on thousands of computers, permanently destroying their hard drives

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Expect Heated US Foreign Policy Debate in 2016

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul entered the presidential race this week, ensuring a lively debate in the Republican primaries over foreign policy. Paul has long charted his own course on foreign affairs.

Early on, he supported negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions and was one of the few Republican voices to question long-term military engagements overseas.

In his campaign announcement in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul sought to strike a balance between a strong national defense in the age of terrorism without lengthy commitments of U.S. troops in overseas war zones.

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US Senator: Airstrikes Could Eliminate Iran Nuke Sites

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A Republican U.S. senator, who authored an open letter to Iran asserting Congress’ ability to override a nuclear accord, now says a military strike against Tehran’s atomic facilities, could be achieved quickly through a bombing campaign lasting only “several days.”

Tom Cotton of Arkansas has been a senator for barely four months, but has made a name for himself as the most outspoken member of a Republican faction that is not just skeptical of a nuclear agreement with Iran, but openly scornful of it.

President Barack Obama has never ruled out U.S. military action against Iran, but sees it as a final option, as he made clear in his State of the Union address in January.

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