Discussions In Vienna Hold The Key To Iran-US Nuclear Deal

Discussions In Vienna Hold The Key To Iran-US Nuclear Deal

Neither the US, nor  the Iranians seem to be in a hurry to finalize the modalities of the proposed nuclear agreement between Iran and the US. 

The two nations are on a joint mission to complete the formalities of an agreement to curb sanctions on Iran in exchange for imposition of restrictions on the nuclear program underway in Iran.

Negotiations are being conducted to discuss the pace at which sanctions are to be curtailed. While Iranian officials want an immediate waiver of all sanctions, the US Congress wants a phased manner of removal of sanctions. 

It wants to check the Iranian compliance to the terms of the agreement. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the officials from the US are not going to be negotiating the modalities forever. It is time that Iran took some quick decisions.
The US Congress is to have  30 days for a review of the agreement if the discussions on the pace of lifting of sanctions are finalized by midnight in Washington. 

If the deal fails to make it to the US Congress by then, it will leave the Congress 60 days for a review.

At the same time, Kerry said he recognizes the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the deadline. But he is not going to be rushed to make any decisions. 

The contentious issues that remain to be resolved are inspection of Tehran's military sites, lifting of sanctions and how to check whether Iran is complying by the agreement. Also under discussion is an arms embargo imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council.

 

 

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