‘Nuclear deal will be delayed at least until after US midterm elections’

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The prospects of restoring the nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran are drifting away, an official told Israel Hayom Friday, citing Tehran’s response to Washington’s latest proposal and internal political processes in the US. 

The official estimated that the 2015 deal will not be renewed at least until after the midterm elections slated for Nov. 8. Nevertheless, the official said that if an agreement is reached, it will most survive a rejection by Congress even if Republicans obtain a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate – as polls predict they will. 

Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.” Ezekiel 38:5-6 NIV

Senate confirms Iran deal negotiator Wendy Sherman as deputy secretary of state | The Times of IsraelAccording to reports, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, an ardent proponent of the deal, has expressed pessimism in conversations with Democratic senators who oppose the agreement, and hinted that negotiations might not lead to a breakthrough.

The official also told Israel Hayom that the administration fears that rushing into an agreement with Iran could undermine the Democratic Party’s chances in the midterm elections, which is why they would prefer to postpone the negotiations until after the event. 

A new possibly Republican-majority Congress will not be sworn in until the beginning of January next year, but the official estimated that even if talks continue into 2023, President Joe Biden will veto any decision disapproving the deal.

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