“The United States should not green light the greenback for the Iranian regime’s terrorists and financial criminals,” said US Senator Mark Kirk after introducing bill with former Republican candidate Marco Rubio with a view to prohibiting Iranian access to US dollars. As soon as May 2015, Cyceon warned that the Hill could be a tougher negotiator on the Iran Nuclear Deal than expected, even more after it was eventually agreed in July 2015. Senator Rubio was identified among the most active opponents to the deal at the time, making sure, Rubio said, that Iran wouldn’t get it all without giving anything in return.
The Obama administration ignored anti-Iran deal activism and got what it sought on the world stage. However, Rubio and Kirk continued to work hard against the deal and in the context of the Presidential race, their message could now be getting much more impact. The bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that passed US Senate 98 to 1 almost 1 year ago showed the extent and the depth of the opposition to the deal inside the US legislative apparatus which repeatedly accused the Obama administration of being too lenient with Iran.
Last summer, many governments and diplomats celebrated the deal without taking enough into account the strength of what was still building up in Washington DC. Countries like Russia or China will likely not suffer from a tougher US stance on Iran, chiefly if a Republican becomes the next president, but Europe, particularly France and Italy, should advance its interests in Iran with renewed caution whatever the “guarantees” it’d have received from the US Department of State. Whoever will seat in the oval office in January 2017 could still decide the continuation or the questioning of the Iran Nuclear Deal.