Talks underway on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran, Western officials say


Major world powers have quietly begun talks on a U.N. Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — the five permanent members of the Security Council — plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting Tehran’s nuclear ability.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress on Wednesday that an Iran nuclear deal would not be legally binding, meaning future presidents could decide not to implement it. That point was emphasized in an open letter by 47 Republican senators sent on Monday to Iran’s leaders asserting any deal could be discarded once President Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017.

But a Security Council resolution on a nuclear deal with Iran could be legally binding, say Western diplomatic officials, complicating and possibly undercutting future attempts by Republicans in Washington to unravel an agreement.

Iran and the six powers are aiming to complete the framework of a final nuclear deal by the end of March and achieve a full agreement by June 30 to curb Iran’s most sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years in exchange for a gradual end of all sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

So far, those talks have focused heavily on separate U.S. and EU sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors, which Tehran desperately wants removed and are a sticking point in the talks that resume next week in Lausanne, Switzerland, between Iran and the six powers.

But Western officials involved in the negotiations said they are also discussing a draft resolution for the 15-nation Security Council to begin easing U.N. nuclear-related sanctions that have been in place since December 2006.

“If there’s a nuclear deal, and that’s still a big ‘if,’ we’ll want to move quickly on the U.N. sanctions issue,” an official said, requesting anonymity.

  • What the #@$* were these 47 tax paid for ‘representatives’ thinking when they TRASHED our frat house?

    Geeeze.. Never have I seen anything like this.. Ok.. We get it.. WOW

    The foreign press is eating this up.. Headlines around the globe declaring ‘United States Senators Warn Iran Not to Trust President’.. And ‘US Senators Demand US Unable, Not to be Trusted with Negotiations..,. Or this heartbreaking one.. ‘United States Senators Vote no Confidence in United States’….. What the heck GOP?????

    How the HECK did some Freshman Senator with only SEVEN weeks under his belt, convince far elder Statesmen to join in this embarrassing nonsensical, yet incredibly damaging escapade?

    If one were to ask me, there is a real mental illness here, and we better reign it in America.. Before it is too late and these clowns do something REALLY stupid.. vs just regular old #@$’ing stupid.. I don’t know if they want my kids, or they want your kids, but they are ACHING for war.. Rarely have I heard the drums of war beat so loudly..

    It isn’t cute or funny anymore.. This politically petulant nonsense has global consequences… For ALL of us….you 47 jerks.. What the heck is wrong with you????

  • Shein Ariely

    President Obama- Syria- Islamist Iran- facts and question.

    President Obama asked for Congress authorization for striking Syria- not a declared enemy of USA- however he doesn’t ask for authorization for agrees NUK agreement with Islamist Iran- a self declared enemy of USA.


    1: In 2013-President Obama seek authorization from Congress to strike Syria

    In 2015- President Obama doesn’t seek authorization from Congress to agree with Islamist Iran on NUKS.

    2: Destroy America
    :’the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America”
    Said Khamenei, supreme leader
    Google search: yahoo iran-supreme-leader-jihad-continue-until-america-no-

    -Syria never said that destroying America is its ideology

    3;Raise Islamic flag over the white house
    “”we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House”
    :”The Islamic Republic directly supports the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon.Shiite militias in Syria and Iraq,”
    Said Shirazi, leading Iranian cleric close to Ayatollah Khamenei
    Only- IS, Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood have similar ideologies.
    search: jpostran-cleric-vows-to-raise-flag-of-Islam-on-White-House-to-avenge-Israeli-attack

    -Syria never said that raising the flag over the white house is their goal

    4: Quest to impose Shia Islamism worldwide.
    :”This century will witness the establishment of a universal holy government and
    the downfall of all others”
    Constitution of Islamist Republic of Iran.
    The only country with such a theocratic imperialist constitution.
    Google search: Iran constitution

    -Syria is limiting their ambition only on Lebanon-Jordan-Israel.
    *Based on their own words Islamist Iran is the greatest America and the world treat.

    *The USA public sees Iran as major enemy: Feb 2015 Gallup poll result:
    Iran unfavorable= 87%
    USA citizen, wither Democrats or Republicans are strong opponents to Islamist

    *USA congress majority don’t accept president Obama agreement with Islamist
    Iran and requires Congress approval.
    Based on the facts proving that Islamist Iran is the USA enemy and the opinions of USA citizens and the Congress who understands president Obama rush to give away successful sanctions , leading Islamist Iran months form away from NUKS?