Looming deadline on nuclear deal
U.S. and Iranian officials have their heads down in negotiations in Switzerland as the two countries try to reach an interim nuclear deal before the fast approaching deadline expires.
Iran is reportedly refusing to export its enriched uranium overseas, which is one of the core demands of the deal. Iran tentatively agreed in November to ship part of its uranium stockpile to Russia, but has now backflipped with Tehran’s lead negotiator, Abbas Araquchi, saying the country doesn’t intend to send its nuclear stocks abroad.
Could there be no deal at all?
It is possible. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell told Morning Joe that the deal is “fragile” and that “if one part of the puzzle is out, then the whole thing could fall apart”.
And while Joe thinks President Barack Obama is desperate for a deal and is prepared to give the Iranians anything they want, Politico correspondent Michael Crowley disagrees.
“ If he gets a deal so bad that he can’t defend it in Congress, and therefore gets a deal and its immediately shutdown by Congress… that’s worse than no deal,” he told Joe. “If he gets a deal, the Congress is going to come stampeding towards it”.
The Republicans, who control Congress, have openly opposed the deal, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support Israel’s concerns over a nuclear agreement.