AP: Iran Deal to Be Announced Monday

Javad Zarif laughs at you (Carlos Barria / AFP / Getty)
Carlos Barria / AFP / Getty

The Associated Press reports that world powers will announce a formal deal with Iran in Vienna on Monday. Though there are still minor details to be finalized, the two diplomats who spoke to the AP confirmed that a deal will be reached, though they “cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out and a formal agreement still awaits a review from the capitals of the seven nations at the talks.”

Iran, meanwhile, is celebrating the major diplomatic boost it has achieved through the negotiations themselves–even as it carries on terror throughout the world, a brutal civil war in Syria, and a constant campaign against opposition at home. “Twenty-two months of negotiation means we have managed to charm the world, and it’s an art,” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who once warned that Rouhani was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” denounced the impending Iran deal, telling his cabinet on Sunday that the West had broken many of the red lines it had set as recently as April, and that Israel would allow itself to pay the price for what he called a “parade of concessions” by the world’s powers to Iran in negotiations from which it was excluded.

Under the provisions of legislation signed into law this spring, the U.S. Congress will have 60 days to review the deal before it is approved. Speaker of the House John Boehner told NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday: “No deal is better than a bad deal.  And from everything that’s leaked from these negotiations, the administration’s backed away from almost all of the guidelines that they set up for themselves.”



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