GOP and Iranian Hardliners Aim to Kill International Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted April 8, 2015

MP3 Interview with Paul Kawika Martin, political director with Peace Action, conducted by Scott Harris

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In a long-awaited announcement, the group of nations, known as the P5+1 – the U.S., Britain, France Russia, China and Germany – revealed on April 2 that a framework had been agreed upon, ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful. The negotiations with Tehran, which began in November 2013, temporarily froze the Iranian nuclear program in place while negotiators worked to hammer out a long-term agreement.

The framework agreed to by all parties in the talks, commits Iran to scale down its nuclear program over the next 10 to 15 years and submit to intense inspection of its nuclear facilities. In return, international sanctions that have badly damaged Iran’s economy would be phased out over time as the Islamic Republic meets its commitments.

But as negotiators work toward drafting a final comprehensive agreement before June 30, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with congressional Republicans and aspiring GOP presidential candidates, have condemned the Iran nuclear deal. They charge that the accord won’t prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon years down the road, and that the lifting of sanctions will embolden the nation to make more trouble in the world and enhance Iran’s regional influence. Proposed legislation that could derail the nuclear agreement is supported by most Republicans and some Democrats. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Paul Kawika Martin, political director with Peace Action, who talks about the significance of the international nuclear framework agreement with Iran, and the consequences if opponents succeed in killing the accord.

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