Debate over who can lift Iran’s sanctions ensue

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The prospect of a UN Security Council endorsement of an Iran nuclear deal has caused an uproar among some U.S. lawmakers. They accuse the Obama administration of using the Security Council to sidestep Congress. And, they say it raises questions about the U-N’s role, and what a Security Council resolution can and cannot do.

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Debate over who can lift Iran\'s sanctions ensue

Debate over who can lift Iran\'s sanctions ensue

The prospect of a U-N Security Council endorsement of an Iran nuclear deal has caused an uproar among some U.S. lawmakers. They accuse the Obama administration of using the Security Council to sidestep Congress. And, they say it raises questions about the U-N's role, and what a Security Council resolution can and cannot do.

Highlights:

  • Some U.S. Republican lawmakers accuse the president of trying to use the UN to bypass Congress on matters related to an Iran deal. The White House says that’s not true. So who’s right and who’s wrong We posed these questions to a panel of experts, including the UN, to find out.
  •  A Security Council resolution to lift sanctions would open the door for the U.S., and other countries, to do the same.
  • For some U.S. lawmakers, the issue is whether the White House can do that without congressional approval.