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article imageIran demands UN to drop weapons embargo as part of nuclear deal

By Brian Booker     Jul 6, 2015 in World
Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1. This past weekend it looked like negotiations were progressing, but Iran has once again upped its demands and is now pushing for the end of UN weapons sanctions.
The deadline for a deal has long since transpired, but negotiators continue to work towards an agreement. Two of the biggest issues holding up a potential Iran nuclear deal are the missile and warms embargoes being placed on Iran. The Iranian government has demanded that these be lifted, but so far Western envoys have refused.
Apparently, the Iranian government has argued that the ballistic missiles have nothing to do with the country's nuclear technology programs, and thus should be lifted. So far, Western officials have balked at the claim and also the demands to lift sanctions. Given on-going concerns with Iran's military ambitions in the Middle East, and the potential that nuclear technology development could continue in secret even after negotiations are concluded, it's unlikely that Western powers will budge on this key issue.
The Iranian government is increasingly taking the stance that all sanctions should be lifted as part of the deal, while the P5+1 are looking to lift economic and non-military sanctions. While negotiators are racing to complete a deal by Tuesday night, if Iran sticks to its guns, the chances of a deal being concluded will be greatly reduced.
With Iran believed to be playing a role in uprisings across the region, including those in Yemen and Syria, and allegedly holding a considerable amount of power in Baghdad, Western powers will be reluctant to allow for an increase in Iran's military capabilities. Many analysts are already worried that the corresponding influx of money into Iran's coffers once sanctions are lifted could be used to fuel conflicts across the region.
Criticism of the nuclear deals and Iran's approach continue to mount. Ali Safavi, a member of NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said:
"The UN weapons embargo must remain in place and out not be lifted under any circumstances. The missile program and development of warheads have been an integral part of Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. This latest demand is yet another indication that the regime seeks to pursue its quest for the Bomb. The P 5+1 must include the total dismantlement of the missile program in the final agreement with the Iranian regime."
With the Obama administration coming under increasing pressure from members of Congress, Iran's increasingly hardlined stance may ultimately prove fatal for any deal.
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