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BREAKING: UN Security Council approves nuclear deal with Iran

By Missing Peace

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FOX News just reported that the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a resolution approving the nuclear agreement with Iran and authorizing a series of measures that will lift U.N. sanctions that were inflicting damage on Iran’s economy. The resolution also provides a mechanism for U.N. sanctions to be snapped back in place in case Iran doesn’t meet its obligations or cheats on the deal.

All 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution including the five veto-wielding council members. Those five members negotiated the deal with Iran together with Germany.

“The document specifies that seven resolutions related to U.N. sanctions will be terminated when Iran has completed a series of major steps to curb its nuclear program and the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded that “all nuclear material in Iran remains in peaceful activities. All provisions of the U.N. resolution will terminate in 10 years, including the snap back provision.

But last week the six major powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — and the European Union sent a letter, seen by The Associated Press, informing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that they have agreed to extend the snap back mechanism for an additional five years. They asked Ban to send the letter to the Security Council,” FOX News reported.

The Obama administration decided to go to the UN Security Council despite objections by Congress. Lawmakers had asked the administration to wait until Congress would have reviewed the deal and would have held a vote about it in September.

The White House defended its move by saying that the Security Council’s actions won’t take effect for another 90 days and that the U.N.” shouldn’t be hamstrung” during the review by Congress

“Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., on Monday called it an “end-run around Congress.”

“I don’t know why they’re going to the United Nations (first),” Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “ Fox News reported.

Iranian media reported before the vote at the UNSC that the U.S. was already lifting sanctions.

Kayhan in Iran reported that Iran”s Shipping Lines and the country’s leading ports operator, the Tidewater Middle East Maritime Company, have been removed from the U.S. list of companies designated for sanctions and assets freeze.