US Senators Say New Iran Deal Unlikely

Administration claims Iran not accepting offer

Senators from both parties have been briefed on the US position on the Iran nuclear talks, and are coming out pessimistic about the chances of any deal resulting.

The administration says they have an offer on the table, but they don’t think Iran will accept it. It’s not clear what this offer is, but Iran seems to be trying to get back to the table for talks, dropping the calls for the IRGC to be delisted from the terror list to try to get the deal on track.

Indications a few months ago were that the talks were practically over and a deal was within reach. Nothing concrete seems to have happened since then, and the US has been exclusively negative in comments since then.

This leads to the apparent state of affairs where the US has an offer outstanding but doesn’t intend for it to be accepted. The risk, as often when the US goes down this path, is that the other side agrees and they are drawn into a deal in spite of the administration’s intentions.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.