However, Obama’s domestic foes are not convinced.
Representative Mike Rogers, Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told CNN that Iran has received “a permission slip to continue enrichment.”
Despite the antipathy on Capitol Hill, Obama can use executive power to fulfill the US part of offering a “modest” US$7 billion in sanctions relief in return for Iran taking steps to halt progress in its nuclear program.
After administration lobbying, new sanctions to be debated in the US Congress next month will be timed to come into force in six months at the end of the interim deal, and if no final agreement is reached. However, Congress would have to lift sanctions under any final deal, and Obama faces a tough slog to convince lawmakers suspicious not only of Iran — but also of their own president.