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Obama's on a roll.


US President Barack Obama has secured enough support in the US Senate to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will go into effect.

Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th senator to back the deal on Wednesday.

US Congress could still oppose the deal, but Mr Obama has now enough votes to override any resolution of disapproval.

He has said the deal cuts off "every pathway to a nuclear weapon" for Iran.

"No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," sad Ms Mikulski in a statement. "I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb."

Republicans have been unified in their opposition to the Iran accord, saying the deal would only "embolden" Iran.

Two Democratic senators - Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey -- are also opposed, as are a handful of Democrats in the House.

Congress is set to vote on the accord later this month, but the White House is hopeful it can secure seven additional votes to allow for a legislative move known as a filibuster.

A filibuster would prevent a final vote and Mr Obama would not need to use his veto power to keep the Iran deal on track.

President Obama has secured only the minimum number of votes needed to ensure that Congress can't ultimately block the Iran deal.

So the administration will be trying to broaden that support amongst Congressional Democrats to strengthen the domestic credibility of the agreement, especially as Republican lawmakers and pro-Israel groups will continue to rally opposition.

The presidential election campaign will also provide a continuous platform for Republican candidates who oppose the deal. But either way it will be implemented - probably beginning sometime next month - creating a momentum of its own.

And there's no doubt this is a major foreign policy achievement for Mr Obama. He's managed to negotiate a diplomatic agreement with America's avowed enemy. Internationally, it means that Iran will be brought in from the cold, which will change the dynamics of the Middle East - for good or ill.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly spoken out against the deal, calling it a "bad mistake" and that it provides a "sure path to nuclear weapons".

Activists on both sides have spent millions of dollars on advertising campaigns and pro-Israeli lobbying groups have put pressure on lawmakers to not support the deal.

Negotiations between Iran and six world powers - the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany - began in 2006.

The deal, reached in July, would begin to be implemented by November.

The so-called P5+1 want Iran to scale back its sensitive nuclear activities to ensure that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

Iran, which wants crippling international sanctions lifted, has always insisted that its nuclear work is peaceful.

Good to see that we won't be going into Iran for the time being. Anything opposite than what that frack Netanyahu has to say is A-OK in my books.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia backed by the US have ramped-up military efforts on Yemen. Should work towards a boost in oil prices eventually.


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Doubtful. While Iran is no nuclear power, Israel most definitely is.

You think micro, he thinks macro.

Putting sanctions on a country while their enemy is allowed free reign will only work for so long. See: History.

Now if iran and isreal for example gave up nuke programs then it would be a step in an awesome direction. But telling another country they cant have what you have. Lol at thinking positive outcome.

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Harper, The Last Neocon, will maintain sanctions with Iran despite the nuclear deal.


Somebody should let him know the movement is dead.

Stevo is sooo anti ISIS. Someone should let that fool know that Iran is also against ISIS. You know, that whole Sunni and Shiite thingy

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  • 2 weeks later...

Sooo...Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have joined forces to protest the Iran Nuclear deal....


Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have led a colourful rally in Washington denouncing the Iran nuclear deal being debated by the US Congress.

Thousands of people gathered at the US Capitol building to protest president Barack Obama's landmark accord with Iran, saying the international agreement could spell the death knell for Israel and threaten the lives of millions of Americans.

Key points
  • Trump and Cruze lead protest against Iran deal
  • Trump says deal incompetently negotiated
  • Obama secures enough votes to block disapproval resolution

The deal with Iran, agreed to by the United States and five other nations in July, provides Tehran relief from crippling economic sanctions in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.

Republicans and other critics complain that it does not do away with the program altogether, fails to provide for spot inspections of nuclear sites or force Iran to end support for militant groups like Hamas.

Mr Trump, the billionaire real estate tycoon and Republican frontrunner, criticised the Obama administration for failing to include the return of four Americans held in Iran as part of the negotiations.

"Never have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran," he told the crowd.

"If I win the presidency, I guarantee you that those four prisoners are back in our country before I ever take office."

Mr Cruz, who also received a rapturous welcome from the crowd, said the Iran nuclear deal was the "single greatest threat facing America".

"If you vote to send billions of dollars to jihadists who have pledged to murder Americans, then you bear direct responsibility for the murders carried out with the dollars you have given them," he said, referring to frozen funds that would return to Iran when sanctions are lifted.

"You can not wash your hands of that blood."

Clinton defends Iran nuclear accord

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton expressed firm support for the nuclear accord, saying it was flawed but still "strong".

The former US secretary of state said the agreement must be strictly enforced and that, if elected president next year, she would not hesitate to use military force should Iran fail to live up to its word and try to develop a bomb.

"Is it perfect? Well, of course not," Mrs Clinton said in a speech at the Brookings Institution.

"No agreement like this ever is. But is it a strong agreement? Yes, it is.

"Either we move forward on the path of diplomacy and seize this chance to block Iran's path to a nuclear weapon, or we turn down a more dangerous path leading to a far less certain and riskier future."

Republicans have been hoping to pass a motion disapproving the controversial deal in the Senate, but are yet to rally enough support.

Forty-two Senate Democrats are in favour, more than enough to block a resolution of disapproval against the deal in the 100-member Senate. All Republicans stand opposed.

A revolt by House conservatives seeking tougher action forced the Republican leadership to abandon its plan on Wednesday to vote on the resolution of disapproval.

Instead it will pressure Mr Obama over his failure to provide texts of what critics call secret "side deals" to the agreement.

However, this is my second favorite Donald Trump story of the day:



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