By Karen DeYoung,
Following a final failed attempt by Senate Republicans to kill the Iran nuclear agreement Thursday, the administration moved aggressively toward putting it into effect, naming a new czar to oversee implementation and announcing that President Obama would issue waivers suspending all U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on Oct. 18.
The waivers will not go into effect until what the agreement itself calls “Implementation Day,” when the International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran has complied with all of its obligations — including removal of 98 percent of its enriched uranium stockpile, shutting down its underground enrichment facility and rendering inoperative the core of a plutonium-capable reactor.
Senior administration officials said those processes could take well into 2016 once they begin next month, under the terms of the deal completed in July.
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Secretary of State John F. Kerry appointed a career foreign service officer, Stephen D. Mull, as implementation coordinator among U.S. agencies and negotiating partners, reporting directly to the secretary’s office. Before his most recent job as U.S. ambassador to Poland, Mull played a key role in early negotiations with Iran.
“I have always said that, as important as it was to negotiate the nuclear deal with Iran, implementing it was going to be even more crucial in meeting our national security objectives,” Kerry said in announcing Mull’s appointment.
Thursday was the deadline, under legislation negotiated between Obama and Congress, for lawmakers to vote a resolution of disapproval of the deal. If such a vote could be sustained with an override of Obama’s promised veto, it would have prevented the president from exercising provisions allowing him to waive sanctions provisions.
Senate Democrats for the third time blocked a resolution vote, preventing the Republican-backed measure from getting the 60 votes it needed to advance. Thursday’s failed proposal would have also barred any waivers unless Iran recognized Israel and released four American prisoners it is holding.
Several Democrats who had voted for the previous two measures joined in rejecting Thursday’s attempt, saying that the Israel and prisoner provisions were outside the scope of what Congress originally agreed to review.
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By Karen DeYoung,