Magazine article Arms Control Today

Easing EU Sanctions on Iran

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Easing EU Sanctions on Iran

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Cornelius Adebahr, Atlantic Council, June 2014

The November 2013 Joint Plan of Action signed by Iran and the six-country group known as the P5+1 guarantees Tehran relief from multilateral sanctions in exchange for Iran's suspension of certain nuclear activities. In order to achieve a comprehensive follow-on deal, "it is crucial that any sanctions relief be synchronized" between the European Union and the United States, says Cornelius Adebahr, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in one of a pair of reports published by the Atlantic Council on undoing the multiple sanctions measures that have been applied to Iran. According to EU law, a unanimous decision by the Council of the European Union is sufficient to suspend or liftall the sanctions Brussels has imposed so far. In contrast, Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service says in the other report that the authority of the U. …

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