US, Iran face difficulty pushing Iran nuclear framework

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Hassan Rouhani arrives for a news briefing at the Saadabad palace in Tehran, Iran, Friday April 3, 2015. Rouhani on Friday pledged that his nation will abide by its commitments in the nuclear agreement reached the previous day in Switzerland. (AP/ Ebrahim Noroozi)

The leaders of Iran and the U.S. are pitching their respective audience on the merits of the framework announced in Switzerland. CCTV America’s Jessica Stone filed this report from Washington.

Presidents face difficulty in pushing through Iran nuclear framework plan

Presidents face difficulty in pushing through Iran nuclear framework plan

The leaders of Iran and the U.S. are pitching their respective audience on the merits of the framework announced in Switzerland. CCTV America's Jessica Stone filed this report from Washington.

Highlights:

  • Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, is working to convince hardliners in his military and government drawing attention to support given by Ayatollah Khamenei.
  • Rouhani said, “All sanctions: economic, financial and banking during day of implementation will be suspended.”
  • For US President Obama and the White House, the challenge comes in convincing a skeptical US Congress led by his opposing party, the Republicans.
  • US President Obama said, “If Congress kills this deal, not based on expert analysis and without offering any reasonable alternative, then it’s the United States that will be blamed for the failure of diplomacy. International unity will collapse, and the path to conflict will widen.”