UN resolution would end Iran sanctions in 10 years

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Posted: Jul 15, 2015 5:41 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft U.N. resolution to implement the Iran nuclear deal says U.N. sanctions would "snap back" into place if Iran fails to meet its obligations. But it also says that stipulation would end in 10 years.

The draft, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, states that none of the seven previous U.N. resolutions on Iran sanctions "shall be applied" after 10 years, and "the Security Council will have concluded its consideration of the Iranian nuclear issue."

But a U.S. official familiar with the details of the resolution said the five veto-wielding permanent members of the council agreed that a new resolution would be adopted at the end of 10 years to reinstate the snap back mechanism for an additional five years.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the agreement by ministers from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany who negotiated the deal "will be in writing as a statement of intention."

President Barack Obama has cited the snap-back mechanism as a main defense of the proposed pact in responding to sharp criticism from the U.S. Congress and some American allies. France also has stressed the significance of sanctions coming back into force quickly if Iran breaks it promises.

But Russian officials have given mixed accounts of how the mechanism would work. Moscow has traditionally opposed any voting procedures in which it would lose its Security Council veto power though Obama said Wednesday that "in the agreement, we've set it up so we can override Iran's objection, and we don't need Russia or China in order for us to get that override."

"If they continue to object," Obama said, "we're in a position to snap back sanctions and declare that Iran's in violation and is cheating."

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power circulated the draft resolution to the Security Council on Wednesday and diplomats said they expect a vote probably early next week.

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Associated Press Writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report from Washington