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The Republican Party vs Iran

Further sanctions would torpedo a deal—even though there's logic to the call

By Mark Fitzpatrick   March 2015

The now Republican-controlled US Congress, pictured in 2003

Since the United States Congress opened for business in January under the singular leadership of the Republican Party, its top foreign policy initiative is to put pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme. The logic is that since sanctions had forced Iran to the negotiating table, more sanctions would force Iran to give up the capability to become nuclear-armed. But economic pressure was only part of the reason that diplomacy resumed, and piling on…

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