Iran: Still Going Nuclear? Not for Long!

By Ye Ji Han


The discussions with Iran on their nuclear plans have begun to take shape, and for those that have not been keeping up, the negotiations are called P5+1. Even though the negotiations are between 6 countries, the US has been greatly pushing for the agreement to pass. Their basic plan addresses many of the main worries and issues in regards to Iran’s nuclear plans. It includes the limitation of the amount of Uranium Iran can obtain, which can put the country off for about 10 years more. Without the P5+1, the nuclear plans can still push forth in Iran and have disastrous results for America in the future if they are successful. If the missiles develop to the point they can reach the United States, then it threatens the safety of the residents in the country to a large extreme.
Now, Iran has been making constant requests and refusals to agree unless there were changes made to the deal. Congress decided to make a bill on Tuesday in order for them to have a month to discuss the new compromises that must be made. The current concern is that President Obama will veto the bill, but there is hope that there are enough members to override his decision. In this case, it is extremely wise to have a final legislative approval rather than an executive one.
Law-makers, who believe that the current deliberations have been too lenient towards Iran, would have more influence over the plan by passing the bill. Many members of Congress worry that Iran has other purposes that involve taking advantage, despite Iran’s claims otherwise, for long term goals that can be of great value to them.
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani expresses, “Let the world, the P5-plus-1, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the U.S. president and the U.S. government, let everybody know that if there is not going to be an end to sanctions in this round of the talks, there is not going to be a deal.” Saying, if U.S. officials don’t stop creating new restrictions for his country, then they will never agree to an official plan.
In the end, legislators are hoping, after about two years of negotiations, that the final plan will be completed by the end of June. There is a substantial amount of uncertainty whether or not they can meet this deadline, but Congress is pushing forward even with many oppositions within the Senate and the disputes with the President himself, including possibly having the deal be a treaty, the Democratic requests to have Iran acknowledge Israel’s right to be a country itself, and the President’s thinking on the deal.

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