July 23, 2015
Europe Given Control of Iran Sanctions “Snap Back” Mechanism – Steven Rosen (Washington Times)
The “snap-back” provision that would reimpose sanctions on Iran if it violated the nuclear agreement would require the U.S. to win the unanimous support of Germany, the UK, France, and the EU in order to have the five votes required under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism to override objections from Iran, Russia, and China.
At the same time, key decisions by the EU require unanimous approval by all 28 members. This means that sanctions could not be reimposed unless all of Europe went along, at a time when a new gold rush of European companies wooing Iran is underway.
The spin-meisters may label it “snap back,” but that’s the last thing that’s going to happen in the event of an Iranian violation.
The writer, Washington Project Director of the Middle East Forum, was previously Foreign Policy Director of AIPAC.