MESOP TOP OF THE AGENDA Report: World Powers Discuss Lifting Iran Sanctions

13 March 2015 – The permanent members of the UN Security Council—the UK, China, France, Russia, and the United States—joined by Germany and Iran have begun talks to lift sanctions against Iran if a nuclear agreement is reached, Reuters news agency reported, quoting Western officials. A UN resolution would make it more difficult for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal that constricts Iran’s nuclear activity. The talks comes days after U.S. Senators sent a letter to Iran warning that a deal inked by the Obama administration could be revoked by Congress. Negotiations for a nuclear deal between the United States and Iran are slated to resume (U.S. State Department) between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Javad Sharif on March 15 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Negotiators are seeking to reach a nuclear framework agreement deal by the end of March