U.S. Aims to Make Restoring Sanctions on Iran Immune to Russian, Chinese Veto If Nuclear Deal Fails


p51-nations-iran-dealWashington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring UN sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

U.S. and European negotiators want any easing of UN sanctions to be automatically reversible – negotiators call this a “snapback” – if Tehran fails to comply with terms of a deal.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said, “We’re going to do so in a manner that doesn’t require Russian and Chinese support or a vote for snapback…because we are in a different world in 2015 than we were when the sanctions architecture was put in place.”

Western diplomats said that Iran and the six powers were far from agreement due to divisions on sanctions, monitoring, and other issues.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}