Iran: US Senate Rejects Republican Bill

The United States senate rejected an effort that would have made mandatory any treaty brokered with Iran to be considered an “international treaty.” If it had passed, the provision would have made any deal’s ratification dependent on a two-thirds vote by the US senate. The measure was proposed by a number of Republican senators and is already being touted as one of many hurdles that will face the Obama administration even as a deal seems more and more probable.

On this note, the New York Times posts an interesting analysis of additional obstacles facing the future of US-Iran relations following the reaching of a nuclear deal. Specifically, the piece makes mention of two judgments handed down by US courts during the 2000s. Each of them is related to alleged Iranian involvement in the death of Americans during attacks on the American embassy in Lebanon. The judgments held Iran responsible and ordered that they pay back billions to the victims. These sums, naturally, have not been paid, and it is unlikely that Iran will recognize its involvement in the matter. This could present a significant obstacle to future US-Iran relations should they progress in that direction.

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