President Barack Obama appears to have succeeded in preventing Congress from enacting new sanctions against Iran, Jim Lobe said today at Lobe Log. Most observers on Capitol Hill believe the proposed new sanctions will be highly unlikely to be voted on before Congress’s Thanksgiving recess, Lobe said.
Iran and the six major powers will meet in Geneva on 20 November and any new sanctions imposed by Congress would have had negative effect on the talks. Now optimism in reaching an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program is on the rise. Lobe, citing rumors circulating in Washington, said that Secretary of State John Kerry himself may lead the U.S. delegation in Geneva.
To read Lobe’s piece, “Obama Gets More Time for Iran Nuclear Deal,” please click here.