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Can Negotiations With Iran Succeed?

A Conversation with Senator Angus King

Speaker: Angus King, Member, Committee on Armed Services, and Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate
Presider: Margaret Brennan, Foreign Policy and State Department Correspondent, CBS News
January 28, 2014

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Broad-based international economic sanctions on Iran have significantly impaired its economy and brought the regime to the negotiating table, but the recently concluded interim nuclear agreement remains controversial among many members of Congress. Senator Angus King (I-ME) joins Margaret Brennan of CBS News to discuss the latest developments in the diplomatic effort to peacefully resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff. Senator King warns that recent congressional proposals to impose additional sanctions on Iran could jeopardize the diplomatic progress already made, while also potentially undermining the international consensus that has been vital to the sanctions' success.

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Angus King on the importance of maintaining the international consensus on Iranian sanctions:

"So it's really important to realize that the sanctions that are biting are the international coalition sanctions, not simply U.S. sanctions. Now, we've provoked a lot of those by pressure on our allies. There's no question that we've led it. But I think it's really important to realize that unilateral sanctions from the U.S. aren't necessarily going to be the way to change Iranian policy."

Angus King on how the threat of new sanctions against Iran by the United States could potentially jeopardize the recently negotiated interim agreement:

"[T]he interim agreement has a specific provision that says, no new sanctions. So we would be in violation of that interim agreement, if we imposed new sanctions. It could be argued, well, what if they trigger in six months? Does that count? I'm not sure that subtlety would translate very well into Farsi."

Angus King on the alternatives to negotiation for addressing with the Iranian nuclear threat:

"[T]here aren't many options to deal with the problem of a potentially nuclear-armed Iran. One is negotiation, and the other is military action. The third, I suppose, is to tolerate a military—a nuclear-armed Iran, but nobody seems to want to consider that as an option, and I don't think it should be. But that leaves military force."

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