Should Congress Approve The Iran Nuclear Deal?
Man, a lot of talk about Iran lately, huh? But just what exactly is going on right now? Let’s see if I can break it down for ya –
Last week Secretary of State John Kerry, along with representatives from five other nations (Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China), emerged from negotiations with Iran with a deal regarding the country’s nuclear program. For the last several years, Iran has been ominously ramping up its nuclear energy production, all the while insisting that its intentions were peaceful. However, following reports by the United Nation’s Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, in 2006 the international community began imposing sanctions on the country. While Iran has continued to grow its nuclear program in the time since, adding more uranium enriching centrifugues, its economy has been languishing, thus its willingness to talk.
The deal that has resulted seems to have a little bit of something for everyone. Basically, Iran has agreed to a highly thorough inspection regime. Inspectors are to be allowed into any site whenever they want, indefinitely. Iran will reduce its enrichment centrifuges capacity from the current 19,500 to just over 6,000. Iran’s nuclear supply chain will be closely monitored, and if Iran is caught cheating on any portion of the accord the sanctions will “snap back”.
In return, Iran will be allowed to resume selling its oil and gas products on on the global market, to import technology that will help it tap more of its energy reserves, and will be re-connected to the global banking system. This relief will be staggered over time as Iran demonstrates compliance with the deal.
So is that a wrap? Everyone can go home? Not quite: with 60 day to approve the deal, the ball is now in Congress’s court. Many Republicans on the hill oppose any deal with Iran that doesn’t address its human rights violations or its support of Hizbullah in Lebanon. They claim that any agreement that results in Iran gaining more economic wealth – and consequently more military power – will result in the country promoting its agenda across the Middle East (for example, lending more support for the brutal Syrian president Bashar Al Assad).
Iran, for its part, appears poised to embrace the deal. The country’s supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, recently came out claiming that his country had won the upper hand with the deal, saying that the West will have to accept continued Iranian nuclear development. This was most likely done to placate the country’s hard liners who are staunchly opposed to U.S. interests, and the fact remains that Iran will have to be faithful with allowing unfettered inspections of its nuclear program.
The United Nations has come out supporting the deal and has agreed to begin lifting sanctions on Iran, though the ones imposed by the United States and the European Union will still be in place.
So now it’s Congress’s move. And since Congress is supposed to represent the will of the people, what do you think? Should the deal with Iran be approved? Or does it give too much to Iran? Vote and comment here.
|Should Congress Approve the Nuclear Deal with Iran?On July 14th, Secretary of State John Kerry, along with representatives from five other nations, concluded negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program. With the goal of preventing the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the deal that was struck will lead to a thorough inspection regime of Iran’s nuclear facilities, as well as close monitoring of its nuclear supply chain and a reduction of its centrifuge capacity in return for lifting of economic sanctions which have been crippling the county. Now Congress must decide whether to approve or reject the agreement. Should Congress approve the deal?|