Diplomat: US to circulate UN resolution on Iran agreement

As Washington girds for political fight over the deal, White House seeking vote of support in world body

US Ambassador Samantha Power addresses the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP/Richard Drew)
US Ambassador Samantha Power addresses the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP/Richard Drew)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A UN Security Council diplomat says the United States will circulate a draft resolution Wednesday that will authorize the agreement between six major powers and Iran to rein in its nuclear program.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks were private, said the U.S. informed council members Tuesday evening that it would introduce the resolution at the end of closed consultations on Libya scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The diplomat says US Ambassador Samantha Power will outline the main points in the agreement to council members.

The nuclear deal faces stiff opposition in Washington, where opponents in Congress are expected to attempt to derail it through legislation, and President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would veto any such effort.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the deal Tuesday, but her careful statements underscored the concerns many in Washington feel over the compromise.

Between private meetings with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Clinton stressed that the agreement would need to be “enforced vigorously, relentlessly,” noting that Obama called her last night to inform her that a deal had been reached. “As president, I would be absolutely devoted to assuring the agreement is followed.”

The Democratic presidential front-runner has largely supported the Obama administration’s negotiations over the past two years. She has stayed involved with their progress with regular briefings, according to aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss private meetings.

But navigating the political nuances of a historic agreement with a decades-long US enemy heading into a presidential election year may end up being far more complicated.

On Tuesday, Republican candidates signaled that Clinton would be forced to defend her position in the 2016 race, warning of violent chaos in the Middle East and calling on Congress to try to halt the agreement.

“This isn’t diplomacy — it is appeasement,” said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of the many Republicans who lashed out at the agreement.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said the bargain “will be remembered as one of America’s worst diplomatic failures.” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — who, like Walker, has vowed to rescind the agreement should he be elected president, said: “I believe this deal undermines our national security.”

Though a slim majority of Americans back diplomacy with Iran, 56 percent consider Iran an enemy of the US, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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