"If Iran does not follow through on this opening or if in the end the regime is not willing to rejoin the community of nations, then we should impose even more crippling sanctions, and make clear that all potential options, including the use of military force, remain available. But we shouldn't pass legislation now that would endanger negotiations that most people and countries want to succeed. Such congressional action now could bolster the efforts of Iran's militants to kill the deal," Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) write in Politico.
"Iran is sending an early message that it does not intend to bargain in good faith. That impression was reinforced by interviews given recently by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, including one to The Post's David Ignatius. Mr. Zarif claimed that Iran wanted a deal and that 'on our side. . . it is very easy to reach an agreement.' But he also came close to ruling out acceptance of steps that will be essential to ensuring that Iran is not left with a nuclear breakout capacity," the Washington Post writes in an editorial.
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Philippine Mayor Killed in Airport Shooting
A town mayor, his wife and infant, and another person were killed after gunmen fired at the group at close range outside the airport in the Philippine capital Manila. The gunmen escaped on motorcycle. Authorities said they didn't know the motive behind the attack (al-Jazeera).