Friday, March 13, 2015

Report—World Powers Discuss Lifting Iran Sanctions

Council on Foreign Relations~~~~ 
 The permanent members of the UN Security Council—the UK, China, France, Russia, and the United States—joined by Germany and Iran have begun talks to lift sanctions against Iran if a nuclear agreement is reached, Reuters news agency reported, quoting Western officials. A UN resolution would make it more difficult for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal that constricts Iran's nuclear activity. The talks comes days after U.S. Senators sent a letter to Iran warning that a deal inked by the Obama administration could be revoked by Congress. Negotiations for a nuclear deal between the United States and Iran are slated to resume (U.S. State Department) between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Javad Sharif on March 15 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Negotiators are seeking to reach a nuclear framework agreement deal by the end of March.
"If negotiations collapse, the United States will take the blame from Europe and the sanctions regime will unravel. And here’s the best-case scenario: Any military action against Iran will set its nuclear program back, at best, a couple of years. But the anger will last generations," warns Jeffrey Lewis in Foreign Policy.
"The impending deal is not final. For cultural and political reasons, Iran may never agree to any deal, even one as advantageous as this one. Yet, unless the United States dramatically reverses the concessions it has made, this deal will not defer the threat of war, but accelerate it," writes Gabriel Scheinmann in Time.
"If negotiators can close remaining gaps, the P5+1 agreement with Iran would be a major boost for U.S./and international security, for Israel and our other allies in/the region,/and for global efforts to prevent proliferation. Congress should be careful not to play the role of spoiler," argues Daryl G. Kimball in the National Interest