June 30, 2015 | Quote

The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Went Into Overtime — and Here’s the Real Deadline for Obama

Negotiators in Geneva are set to blow past their latest deadline in the ongoing discussions surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

Iran and the so-called P5+1 — the US, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany — have given themselves until July 7 to work out a final deal.

But the important date, at least for President Barack Obama and his team of negotiators, is July 9.

That's the day they need to have a deal in order for it to move swiftly through Congress.

Under a compromise bill supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress that Obama signed into law, a 60-day congressional review period on the final deal was cut in half to 30 days. But that will snap back to 60 days if Obama submits the agreement to Congress later than July 9.


“The fact that the Obama administration is so loathe to give Congress an extra 30 days to review what will be the most consequential national security agreement of the post-Cold War era is remarkable,” Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Business Insider.

“It tells you everything you need to know about how concerned the administration is to have a serious debate on the actual deal and its consequences.”


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