“I was thinking about leaving, but now I will stay to see what happens”, said Giti, 42, a computer programmer.
The Obama administration says the deal is the only alternative to Iran moving forward on developing a nuclear weapon.
“Last week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said under no circumstances should there be any relief for Iran in terms of ballistic missiles or conventional weapons”. So, while he acknowledged that the United States will still have significant differences with Iran after the agreement, the negotiators were never trying to overcome those.
TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned President Hassan Rouhani that “some” world powers are not to be trusted in implementing a nuclear deal, urging vigilance for any breaches. He acknowledged it was likely that the easing of economic sanctions would free up funds that Iran could use to sponsor terrorism against Israel or other countries.
He said he would fly to Israel tonight, where he would “have a chance to convey our message about this deal directly to Prime Minister Netanyahu tomorrow”.
The agreement to lift some global sanctions in return for United Nations (UN) inspectors getting access to Iran’s nuclear facilities has been roundly denounced in Jerusalem, where Mr Netanyahu declared his country had “great and mighty” strength to defend itself. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes.
Critics-especially Republican lawmakers, a number of Democrats, Israel lobby and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu-have lambasted the nuclear accord, warning that it will only clear Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb.
The White House said yesterday that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir had “welcomed” the recent nuclear deal with Iran in a meeting with US President Barack Obama. “It makes it much more hard for us to walk away”.
Part of that Congressional delay, however, is a result of Congress’ own legislation, which requires the Obama Administration not simply to submit the text of the deal to Congress, but to also submit supporting analyses from the State Department.
Donald Trump said the accord was a “disgrace” and Lindsey Graham called it “a possible death sentence for Israel”, while Chris Christie accused Mr Obama of lying to the American public. “The verification process set up by this deal is comprehensive and it is intrusive – precisely so we can make sure Iran keeps its commitments”, he said.
“Second, you might hear from critics that Iran could just ignore what’s required and do whatever they want”.
Overall, however, Cardin said the discussion was very “helpful”, “comprehensive” and “open and direct”, covering the deal’s inspections process and different enforcement mechanisms and the views of USA allies in the region. But the odds are considered slim that they could muster enough support to overrule an Obama veto.