RPT: Iranian Negotiators Don't Want Preliminary Nuclear Deal in Writing
A new report claims that Iran’s negotiators may not want an accord in writing before Tuesday’s deadline.
The New York Times reports that the Iranians want a “general statement of ‘understanding’ followed by a final accord in June.”
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Should that position hold — one of the many unknowns of the coming days — the United States and its five negotiating partners may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of describing the accord as they understand it while the Iranians go home to offer their own version.
That poses a weighty political challenge to the Obama administration, which is already under pressure to present Iran’s commitments to a suspicious Congress by early April, in an effort to hold off the passage of sanctions or a bill that would require Congress to sign off on any agreement.
Does it matter if this agreement isn’t written down?
Bill O’Reilly said on “Outnumbered” this afternoon that this report is “overblown.” He said that now is the time for a framework, but everything must be written down in June.
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