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Iran nuclear deal – “delicate” diplomacy needed

diplomacy-not-bombsJohn Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal to Congress sceptics BBC News 10 Dec 13, US Secretary of State John Kerry has defended the six-month nuclear deal struck with Iran to a sceptical panel of congressmen.

Mr Kerry said if the US Congress imposed new sanctions against Iran, it would risk the “delicate” diplomatic effort needed for a larger deal.

The US and other world powers have promised no new sanctions in exchange for a curb of Iran’s nuclear programme.

But US critics of the deal say it gives Iran cover to expand the programme.

And they have called for even tougher sanctions now, saying they would strengthen the hand of the so-called P5+1 group of nations engaged in negotiations with Iran…………

“I would state to you unequivocally, the answer is yes, the national security of the United States is stronger under this first-step agreement than it was before,” Mr Kerry said…….

During the hearing in the House foreign affairs committee, Mr Kerry was accused of grovelling to the Iranian government and letting down allies, the BBC’s Jonny Dymond reports.

But our correspondent says Mr Kerry pushed back against every suggestion of weakness on Iran, stressing that without a deal, the country would be closer to developing nuclear weapons.

“We are asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and the space to do their jobs and that includes asking you while we negotiate that you hold off imposing new sanctions,” Mr Kerry told the panel……http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25326782

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December 11, 2013 - Posted by | Iran, politics international, USA

1 Comment »

  1. Iran gave up nothing and got billions in relief from sanctions. It will not impede Iran’s march to nuclear-strike capability in the slightest, and probably will aid it. The implications for the future may be as profound as the infamous Munich Agreement.

    If sanctions are effective, tighter sanctions would advance our aims — even more effectively. Our national policy should be nothing short of forcing Iran to give up their nuclear ambitions, not to elicit worthless promises from a relentless exporter of terrorism.

    This is a tragedy that will lead to more war, not less, as happened after the Munich Agreement. Do not believe for a moment that this makes us safer, and do not rejoice. Those who do are reprising hollow echoes of “peace in our time.”

    Comment by changeirannow | December 12, 2013 | Reply


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