There is a deal before congress up for review at the moment. The gist of it is that if the US agrees to this, we, along with a handful of other major countries, lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran agreeing to stop the pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The problem, however, is that the deal only requires Iran to give over their goods over the next 10-15 years, and Republicans are currently arguing that by lifting sanctions were are essentially leaving them with materials, while also funding them.
Of course the Democrats don’t see eye to eye on this matter, and are pushing to sign the deal and end Iran’s pursuit sooner than later, even if it is baby steps at a time.
So, peace in the Middle East?
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like it. This only pushes back nuclear weapon pursuits, it doesn’t end the current fighting. And it’s being argued that lifting these sanctions could essentially make things worse with Iran’s new found bank account.
And with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying Israel will not be around in 25 years in a recent speech there is a strong argument to be made on both sides of the isle. Stop Iran’s nuclear pursuit now and potentially fund them in the future, or keep the economic sanctions and allow their current pursuit?