Editorial: Senate divided on nuclear deal

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Although the nuclear deal that will eventually lift sanctions on Iran was signed by the U.S. and other ally countries on July 14, the never-ending battle—fought on terms of partisanship rather than productivity—for and against amendments to the treaty still wages in the Senate.

Republican Senate members must reject anything with Obama’s seal of approval, and Democrats must do the opposite. This is how you get elected to Congress and stay there. This is also why perpetual contention is a given in politics.

The 60-day congressional review of the deal has already expired, but Republicans must stay aligned with party interests no matter how solidified the treaty may be. This means constant attempts, in vain, to thwart a deal already set in stone.

So Republicans are rattling their cages, but with good reason.

The hatred between Iran and our ally Israel goes back epochs. As a political figure in the U.S., if you are bolstered with finances and votes by a largely Christian Republican Party, you have to support Israel.

Israel, of course, rejects the agreement because Iran has threatened violence and war on numerous occasions. Hence, a Republican senator failing to abjure this deal is tantamount to party betrayal.

But as is the case with all issues that indubitably cause divisiveness, the Senate is focusing more on party lines rather than the efficacy of the deal.

The agreement, signed by Russia, China and a host of other major countries, makes it impossible to make any semblance of progress toward its nuclear programs for 10-15 years.

Iran must turn over nearly all of its enriched uranium stockpiles, and it won’t get these potential weapons back. The country must also convert a nuclear site to a research facility and redesign a reactor to disable it from producing plutonium that could be used for weaponry.

Close surveillance will be kept on Iran’s progress toward meeting the deal’s requirements, and if the proper steps aren’t taken, the deal goes away, and sanctions are back on. It’ll take about 6-12 months for the nuclear program’s de-escalation and an outside review.

These moves, coupled with the heavy economic sanctions placed on Iran, make huge strides toward crippling the nation’s nuclear program. But in truth, if Iran wants to develop a nuclear weapon in the future, it will be fully capable to do so.

This isn’t because our agreement is too lax. We could never pass any deal that completely removes Iran’s, or any other country’s, nuclear potential. Impoverished nations like North Korea boast its nuclear weapon program, and this is a place lightyears behind Iran.

The agreement signed into place is the strongest piece of legislation Iran and the other signees could agree to, and it also provides the best chance at destabilizing the nuclear program all together.

The other countries that have signed are satisfied with the terms because it’s the best option available. It’s time our senators realized this.