|U.S. will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran: Rice||
TEHRAN – The United States and its allies will have ways to reimpose sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic violates the terms of the nuclear deal, national security adviser Susan Rice said on Sunday, Reuters reported.
In an interview on the CBS news program "60 Minutes," Rice rejected the idea that, once relaxed, the economic sanctions on Tehran would be hard to reinstate.
Any United Nations Security Council resolution that enshrines a final nuclear deal with Iran - not the interim six-month deal signed in Geneva in November - could have triggers to automatically reimpose sanctions on Iran if they violate the deal, she said.
"We will not construct a deal or accept a deal in which we cannot verify exactly what they are doing," Rice said. "And if they're caught, we will ensure that the pressure is reimposed on them."
A mechanism for such "automatic triggers" has not been finalized, Rice said, adding any deal beyond the current arrangement is still months away.
"We haven't designed that resolution yet. But this is something that's quite doable," Rice said.
Under November's interim agreement, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
The Obama administration has clashed with Congress over the sanctions issue; many lawmakers want to impose tougher sanctions on Iran.
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