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Key Step Ahead for Iran Framework Agreement: US Congress

Point, counterpoint: In Tehran’s telling, the agreement would provide far-reaching and effectively permanent repeal of European and American sanctions, while Washington instead suggests that Tehran will see only the nuclear-related sanctions suspended — not revoked — only after “after the IAEA has verified that Iran has taken all of its key nuclear-related steps.” The US version also emphasizes snap-back provisions that would lead to the automatic reimposition of US and European measures if Tehran failed to comply with the terms of the deal, while the Iranian text does not reference this at all. Sanctions could be reimposed “very quickly” if Iran violated terms of a nuclear deal, State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf said during a briefing. The process for dispute resolution has yet to be worked out, she added. The Obama administration has said sanctions relief would be done in phases, with the first stage taking hold months after June.

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