Iran deal reached, but will it survive Congress?

Iran deal reached

Delegates from Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States in Vienna on Tuesday after agreeing to an accord to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability. Photo by Carlos Barria.

Iran and six World Powers have reached an agreement concerning its nuclear program.

The Iran deal reached early on Tuesday would severely limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors.

It took the P5+1 negotiations more than 20 months to reach this point. They had to get over many hurdles and missed deadlines.

Speaking from the White House early Tuesday morning the President endorsed the deal.

“(It is a) comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that prevents it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he said. “(It is) not built on trust — it is built on verification,” he continued.

The deal is now facing serious challenges in Congress, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “it’s going to be a very hard sell.”

The President however, warned that he will not allow the legislative branch to sink this deal.

“I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal,” he said.

Israel had nothing but dismay for the news of the Iran deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it a “stunning, historic mistake.”

“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu Tuesday. “Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted.”

The major concerns of the Israelis and of Congress is the fact that the deal will allow Iran to produce nuclear material after the 15th year of the agreement, and nuclear centrifuges after the eighth.

Additionally, the deal will also eventually lift the embargo on conventional weapons sales to Iran.

In Tehran however, the news of the deal and lowering of sanctions brings with it hope of better economic times.

“I am desperate to feed my three sons,” said a 53-year-old cleaner in Tehran. “This deal should bring investment for jobs so they can start working for a living.”

Despite the risks and concessions, the President endorsed the deal as a hope for peace and stability in the region.

“Put simply, no deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East,” he said.

[The New York Times][Washington Post][Photo courtesy of The New York Times]


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