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29 Apr, 4 tweets, 1 min read
State's Ned Price on Iran talks in Vienna: It is fair to say that we are not on the cusp of any breakthrough
Price adds: There has been a heavy focus on what US would do (if return for return deal reached). Think what is often omitted from that discussion is the other side...
What Iran would need to do to...
Price: Iran nuclear program has been galloping ahead since previous admin left nuclear deal in 2018. Iran in recent report has 10 times amount of enriched uranium permitted under the deal...breakout time was a full year when deal was in effect. now reportedly a matter of months.
Price: Fair to say this is a crisis that we inherited.
This is a crisis that was precipitated by both sides distancing themselves from the Iran deal

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30 Apr
“The search warrants Giuliani’s NYC apartment & office sought evidence related to Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine whom Giuliani pushed to well as communications with any U.S. government the frmr amb or her position”
“The warrant also sought evidence related to 3 Giuliani associates who were arrested in 2019 on campaign-finance charges— Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman & David Correia—as well as 2 lawyers close to Giuliani, Victoria Toensing & Joseph diGenova; & conservative columnist John Solomon.”
👉🏼”Some of the Giuliani associates mentioned in the warrant entered into financial arrangements with some of the Ukrainian officials named.
In the spring of 2019, Toensing signed an agreement to represent Shokin...Toensing also signed contracts that spring to rep Lutsenko & Kulyk
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28 Apr
“1 of the warrants for Giuliani’s devices indicated..federal investigators were searching for communications between him & several Ukrainian officials, inc. former pres. Petro Poroshenko, & 2 frmr prosecutors who had helped Giuliani collect info about the Bidens in Ukraine,”
“The investigative actions on Wednesday were expansive, with agents also serving a grand jury subpoena on Giuliani’s executive assistant, two people with knowledge of the matter said.”
FBI agents also executed a search warrant Wed. morning at home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Giuliani who had dealings with several Ukrainians involved in the hunt for info on the Bidens, acc. to people with knowledge of that warrant. The warrant was for her cellphone.
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28 Apr
NYT: Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wed. at the Upper East Side apartment of Rudolph Giuliani, stepping up a criminal investigation into his dealings in Ukraine, 3 people w/ knowledge of matter said.
seized Giuliani’s electronic devices…
“federal authorities have been largely focused on whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who at the same time were helping Giuliani search for dirt on Trump’s political rivals.”
“The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the F.B.I. had for months sought to secure a search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s phones.”
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27 Apr
🧵here’s thing. on anything tangentially iran related, the opponents to this US admin are going to try make it politically toxic, 24/7, until the end of eternity. this admin has nothing to do with this zarif tape leak. still, it seems it would behoove it, to push back fast &hard
which, admittedly, since it has no forewarning what this thing is, would require basically having people doing it all the time. anyhow, result of not having that is, the story tonight is essentially kerry denies beating his wife. which is irritating and unfair. and stupid.
and i think the NYT among others had a probably inadvertent role on US side in making that the de facto headline and they should examine why that is.
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26 Apr
State's Ned Price says doesn't comment on purported leaked material, doesn't have anything to say about authenticity, accuracy of or motives for leaking of Zarif tapes. But on excerpts that purport to suggest Russia tried to undermine deal, he suggests history does not bear out
You mentioned the talks in the previous iteration,
Iran and Russia. For both of those, the proof point we point to, that gives some degree of confidence, is the JCPOA itself. Whatever the geopolitical dynamic that culminated with july 2015 agreement, we were able to negotiate
successfully with Iran in the past in the context of P5+1. That is precisely the context we are in now
Focus today – in the talks in Vienna -- whether we can do so again.
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26 Apr
thread: Senior US admin officials on WH call: As Americans we have felt the devastating impact of rising covid cases in India among our family & friends. US and India have had highest number of covid cases in the world. Remember India’s generosity to US in early days of pandemic
This weekend several US high level calls with Indian officials about best ways we can support India’s fight against covid, including Biden call with Indian PM Modi today, about range of support prepared to deploy immediately.
(caution, if understood this part) Because of scope of situation in India, Most effective and rapid step we could take at scale...was to divert our orders for the raw materials for Astra Zeneca vaccine to the Serum Institute in India. Not just give our extra AZ doses to India.
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