Republicans took control of the Senate in sweeping wins across the country on Tuesday, a shift in power that may not bode well for reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
Six world powers including the United States are working on a plan to scale back Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions. The U.S. and some of its key allies have accused Iran of using atomic energy as a front to develop atomic bombs, a charge Iran denies. A comprehensive deal must be reached by Nov. 24, having missed the original July target.
Newly-named Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who two years ago expressed support for authorizing the use of military force against Iran if it developed nuclear weapons, has more recently called for stricter sanctions against Iran.
“What we ought to do, if we can’t get an acceptable agreement with the Iranians, is tighten the sanctions,” McConnell said on Sunday.
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