Professor Monshipoori Discusses Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEHRAN TIMES -- In an opinion piece, International Relations Professor Mahmood Monshipoori discusses the nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran.

“Even if Congress rejects a possible nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama could use his executive power to offer considerable sanction relief with or without congressional approval,” Monshipoori writes. “More importantly, President Obama could take unilateral actions, which together with the EU and UN sanctions relief, would allow a deal to go through on a target date of June 30.

“The legislation would prevent Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days while both the Senate and House weigh in on any final deal. This means that the Senators’ disapproval of the deal would prevent the President from suspending certain economic sanctions. The legislation would require Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval to turn down the deal — an outcome that President Obama would surely veto.