Bipartisan Policy Center urges pursuit of final agreement to prevent nuclear Iran

Blaise Misztal, the acting director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project, said on Monday the nuclear weapons deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries is a needed step, but does not prevent a nuclear Iran.

"Additional pressure is required to both ensure that Tehran does not abandon negotiations and to prevent it from cheating on its obligations under the interim deal," Misztal said. "The need for the triple-track strategy advocated by the Bipartisan Policy Center-the use of economic sanctions and the credible threat of military force to pressure Tehran to peacefully relinquish its nuclear ambitions-is greater now than ever before. To that end, Congress and the White House should cooperate on a joint strategy that establishes mechanisms for punishing Iran should it cheat and lays out the conditions for a final deal."

BPC's Iran Initiative has advocated for preventing nuclear weapons in Iran during the past six years. As a result of recent developments, BPC made recommendations to the United States Congress and President Barack Obama.

The BPC requested that Obama certify monthly that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the agreement, and lay out specific elements that Congress expects to be part of a final deal with Iran.

The policy center asked that at the end of the six-month agreement, the president certify that all elements enumerated by Congress have been agreed to by Iran as part of a final deal.

If the president fails to certify the agreement as requested, the center asked that further sanctions be implemented. If the president certifies all elements have been agreed to, then BPC said congressional procedures would be held to authorize the president to waive the sanctions.