Laying down a marker, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Tuesday that a follow-on nuclear accord with Iran should require that Tehran stop enriching uranium.
“The key issue is whether a final agreement would allow Iran to manufacture nuclear fuel,” the chairman, Ed Royce of California, said during a hearing that included testimony by Secretary of State John Kerry. “It simply can’t be trusted with enrichment technology, because verification efforts can never be foolproof.”
Comments by Mr. Royce and other panel members effectively shifted the terms of the debate from the interim accord that the United States and five other world powers negotiated last month, which involved freezing much of Iran’s nuclear program, to the more comprehensive one that international negotiators now plan to pursue.
The interim agreement is for six months, but it can be renewed for an additional six months by mutual consent. The goal is to buy time so that a more sweeping agreement can be negotiated. The interim agreement also outlines some of the provisions of such a follow-on agreement, saying that Iran could continue to enrich uranium “under mutually agreed parameters” and under “enhanced monitoring.”
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Source: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce