Warren calls Iran deal ‘our best promise in the region’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday called the tentative pact over Iran’s nuclear weapons research the best chance for lasting peace in the Middle East.
“Finding a negotiated solution, something that works, something that doesn’t involve trusting, something that involves verifying that Iran is not moving toward developing a nuclear weapon, that is our best promise in the region,” Warren said on Friday’s debut episode of “The HuffPost Show.”
{mosads}“I want to see what comes out in the details,” she continued. “You know, we all know the devil is in the details.”
“But, you know, there are some good signs at this point that there may be a negotiated solution here,” Warren concluded.
The lawmaker’s remarks follow Thursday’s announcement of a framework for a final accord. The deal would ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for greater regulation of its atomic energy program.
Warren also expressed skepticism about the framework’s critics. She added she was “cautiously hopeful” any flaws in the agreement would get corrected by the final deal’s June 30 deadline.
“What’s the alternative here?” Warren asked of the deal’s opponents. “What have you got as the next best move?”
The Obama administration unveiled its draft of the landmark bargain Thursday. President Obama hailed it as a “historic” moment in a Rose Garden address.
“Iran is not going to simply dismantle its program because we demand it,” he said in Washington. “That’s not how this world works.”
Secretary of State John Kerry spearheaded U.S. efforts at the bargaining table with Tehran. His success Thursday caps off 18 months of tense negotiations between the two sides.
Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia aided Kerry during marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. The so-called P5+1 group met with Iranian representatives on behalf of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Tehran’s supreme leader.
Obama has long argued diplomacy is the best option for preventing an Iran with nuclear arms. Critics say Khamenei’s regime is too untrustworthy for a valid deal.
Iran has tentatively permitted many new regulations concerning its nuclear energy capabilities as part of the accord.
The Islamic republic has promised it will permit more frequent nuclear inspections and accepted caps on its centrifuge and uranium supplies. In exchange, costly sanctions on its economy will be gradually removed by the international community.

— Updated at 1:31 p.m. 

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