State Dept: Despite Setbacks, Iran Deal Could Be Reached in Days

Significant progress made, deal is close

For weeks now, the return to the P5+1 Iran nuclear deal has seemed potential any day, and the US State Department is saying that’s still the case, that progress is being made through difficult issues.

The story has been consistent all month, that the deal is imminent, but that some single obstacle has come forward that might slow things up. The State Department conceded that there have been “recent setbacks,” but that a deal could still happen “within days.”

Terms of the deal are not public, but are built around the 2015 version. The biggest issue is opposition from Senate Republicans, with 49 of them opposed to the deal despite not having seen the terms yet.

International questions, particularly surrounding the US sanctions on Russia, seem to be getting resolved with a US promise not to sanction any Russian nuclear obligations that arise from the Iran deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

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