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U.S. senators outline ‘acceptable’ terms for Iran deal in letter to Obama
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TEHRAN – A number of U.S. senators have signed a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama outlining terms of a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program they would find ‘acceptable’, the Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday. 
 
Eighty-two senators – 41 Republicans and 41 Democrats – say they hope diplomatic efforts with Iran succeed in Vienna over the next four months – but also call for the “rapid and dramatic” expansion of sanctions if negotiations fail.
 
The letter began circulating less than two weeks ago. Senate aides told the Jerusalem Post the letter will be sent to the White House early this week.
 
A source with a pro-Israel organization characterized the letter’s message as “a very significant statement of Senate policy in that it specifies the core principles in final agreement.”
 
World powers are attempting to reach a comprehensive solution to the long-standing dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, now over a decade old, through peaceful means. The United States has recently bolstered its staff for the negotiations, which the president and Secretary of State John Kerry consider the “best chance” to resolve the crisis.
 
Support for the letter has been a top priority of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee since its annual policy conference earlier this month.
 
“We believe that Iran has no inherent right to enrichment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” the letter reads. “We believe any agreement must dismantle Iran’s (alleged) nuclear weapons program….”
 
The letter also calls for the closure of Fordo and Arak nuclear facilities in its list of demands.
 
The Obama administration has entered negotiations with a similar list, though senior officials are not demanding the full dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
 
On a conference call with reporters on Friday, one senior administration official said the White House is willing to tolerate a small, highly regulated Iranian nuclear program that is guaranteed peaceful through strict verification and oversight measures.
 
AM/PA

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