31st of 34 needed senators endorses nuclear deal

Resolution blocking nuclear deal likely to not occur; Obama reassures strong US-Israel ties; Cheney compares nuclear deal to that of Munich deal

World powers, EU and Zarif (AFP)

World powers, EU and Zarif (AFP)

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley raised the number of senators to 31 out of the 34 necessary supporting the world powers and American nuclear deal made with Iran on Sunday. A final vote on a resolution to block the nuclear deal is required by September 17th.

Merkley described the nuclear deal as having “shortcomings” however, “many have argued that the United States, instead of implementing the agreement, should withdraw from it, persuade our partners to set the agreement aside and work together to negotiate a better deal. However, the prospects for this are slim. All of our partners … believe that the current deal — in regard to its central goal of blocking Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb — is sound. They have committed the good faith of their governments behind the agreement and intend to honor the deal as long as Iran does likewise, with or without the United States.”

Meanwhile former US Vice President Dick Cheney criticized the nuclear deal in his op-ed “resting American exceptionalism”, Cheney comparing the “Obama nuclear agreement with Iran” as “tragically reminiscent of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s Munich agreement in 1938 stating that, “Each was negotiated from a position of weakness by a leader willing to concede nearly everything to appease an ideological dictator. Hitler got Czechoslovakia. The mullahs in Tehran get billions of dollars and a pathway to a nuclear arsenal. Munich led to World War II. The Obama agreement will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East and, more than likely, the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

However President Obamas assured that US-Israel relations are both “sacrosanct and it non partisan,” stating on Friday that, “As soon as this particular debate is over, my hope is that the Israeli government will immediately want to rejoin conversations that we started long before about how we can continue to improve and enhance Israel’s security in a very troubled neighborhood.”