The world’s major powers are at the discussion table of the United Nations Security Council to lift the sanctions placed on Iran if they form a pro-Western nuclear agreement. This is a step that could make it tougher for Congress to undo a deal if one is struck. The United Nations Security Council consists of China, Russia, France, Britain, and the United States. The Council has been in discussions about limiting and even stopping Iran’s nuclear proliferation. Further official deliberation regarding the deal will resume next week.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went before Congress on Wednesday and stated a nuclear deal with Iran would not be legally binding, inferring that succeeding presidents will have the ability whether or not to enforce it. This was signified in a letter penned by 47 Republican senators, sent earlier this week to Iran’s leaders, fervently stating a deal could be abandoned when President Obama leaves office next year. Though, if a deal between Iran and the United Nations Security Council is struck, it would be legally binding. Thus, undercutting Republican attempts to unravel a nuclear agreement.
The seven world powers are looking to complete the breadth of a final deal by the end of the month, and reach a full, unfettered agreement by June 30. This would be voted on by all countries that encompass the United Nations. This would ensure the decrease of Iran’s most precarious nuclear activities in exchange of the end of all sanctions places on Iran by the United Nations.
By Alex Lemieux
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