Iran Deal Could Be Completed This Week
“Negotiators are on the threshold of finalizing a historic nuclear deal with Iran, diplomats said Sunday as they tried to reach consensus on a few outstanding issues that have caused the talks to drag on past one deadline after another,” according to The Washington Post .
“Diplomats from several of the six countries negotiating with Iran said they could announce a deal as early as Monday. They cautioned that last-minute obstacles could get in the way, though virtually everyone involved has been showing signs of fatigue.”
“Critics of the deal could marshal support if the final text of an agreement shows the United States and its negotiating partners had agreed to lift a U.N. embargo on conventional weapons trade — as Iran has insisted and Russia has publicly supported. The United States opposes it in part because Washington is concerned that the arms could end up helping Iran expand its regional influence by backing Syrian President Bashar Assad and groups such as the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.”