Date
21 July 2017
Iran must comply with an international inspection regime before sanctions can be lifted, according to US lawmakers. Photo: LA Times
Iran must comply with an international inspection regime before sanctions can be lifted, according to US lawmakers. Photo: LA Times

Lawmakers vow to block Iran nuclear deal after US softens stance

US lawmakers are gearing up to block any nulcear deal with Iran unless Tehran complies with a tough verification regime.

Reuters is citing several influential lawmakers that they will insist on keeping sanctions against the country until it agrees to allow international inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities anytime, anywhere.

Also, they want Tehran to reveal past military aspects of its nuclear program.

Last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to soften Washington’s stance by saying Iran would not be pressed on this point.

“I have become more and more concerned with the direction of these negotiations and the potential red lines that may be crossed,” Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was quoted as saying, 

Kerry had phoned Iran’s foreign minister to say that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a deal.

Corker authored a bill giving Congress the right to approve or disapprove of any final agreement that emerges from talks between six major powers and Iran.

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