US Congress Urged to Give Diplomacy a Chance

US Congress Urged to Give Diplomacy a Chance
US Congress Urged to Give Diplomacy a Chance

An American political analyst says the US Congress should avoid obstructing a possible deal between Iran and the major powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

In an opinion piece entitled "Diplomacy with Iran is the only good option" which appeared on the Hill website on Thursday, Erica Fein said "Given the great progress we’ve already made, the worst thing we could do between now and then is obstruct the negotiators from using all their leverage to get a good deal."

The Hill is well-known for its focus on US policy, politics and election campaigns and is read by many American lawmakers and officials in the White House.

"Unfortunately some members of Congress have threatened to undermine the negotiations before they were given a chance to succeed."

"While some members of Congress are pushing for new sanctions on Iran in violation of that agreement’s terms (the interim nuclear deal which was reached between Iran and the major powers in Geneva last November)… other members have suggested terms for the final agreement with which Iran would find it impossible to agree, such as complete dismantlement of its installed uranium centrifuges," Fein pointed out.

  Bombs Cannot Erase Scientific Knowledge  

According to the writer failure to reach a deal could drag the US into another war that cannot afford it and in the long term a full-blown conflict in the Middle East region.  "Bombs cannot erase scientific knowledge, but they can motivate fractured populations to unite against a common enemy," she asserted.

Iran and its negotiating partners -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany-- have been holding talks to build on the Geneva accord to work out a comprehensive deal to resolve the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, which has dragged on for over a decade.

The latest round of talks on a final nuclear agreement in New York ended on September 26 with no significant progress. A November 24 target date has been set to hammer out a long-term settlement to the dispute.