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Four Key Questions About the Iran Deal

Senators grilled three members of President Obama's Cabinet on Thursday about the international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Here are four key questions raised about the agreement, the answers given and the facts.


When would sanctions be lifted and can they be re-imposed if Iran violates the deal?

Administration says: Sanctions will be lifted when Iran abides the accord. If Iran violates the agreement, “we can resume sanctions,” Lew testified.

Senate critics say: “Once the sanctions structure collapses, it will be impossible to replace it,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said at the hearing.

Facts: While technically feasible, it would be politically impossible for the United States to snap sanctions back against European banks and companies without support from their governments, said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a sanctions expert. The United States cannot snap back sanctions if France, Germany or Britain objects, Dubowitz said.

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