UN Security Council Endorses Iran Nuke Deal, Partial Lifting of Sanctions

Netanyahu in message to U.S. lawmakers: As long as Congress sanctions in place, Iran will be forced to make concessions

UN Security Council votes on endorsing the Iran nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, July 20, 2015.
UN Security Council votes on endorsing the Iran nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, July 20, 2015. Reuters

The United Nations Security Council unanimously endorsed on Monday the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers reached last week in Vienna, as well as the lifting of some sanctions.

The resolution will take effect in 90 days.

Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on July 19, 2015.
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Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to U.S. lawmakers in attempt to try and convince them to oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.

"The United Nations Security Council resolution (endorsing the agreement with Iran) isn't the last word," Netanyahu said during a Likud faction meeting in Jerusalem. "As long as the sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress are in effect, Iran would have to make concessions."

The prime minister's statements were aimed at lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate, who will review the deal in the next 60 days. At the end of this time period they will vote on whether to lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

The two houses of Congress are expected in the initial vote to uphold the sanctions regime on Iran, a decision President Barack Obama is likely to veto. Netanyahu, who hopes to build a veto-proof majority, will need to persuade 13 Democratic Senators and a few dozen Representatives to vote against Obama.

Netanyahu called the expected Security Council resolution "hypocritical." "The United Nations Security Council gives legitimacy to a country that systematically violates [the council's] resolutions and threatens to destroy Israel," he said. "They say the nuclear deal prevents war. That's not true – the agreement makes war more likely. Many around the world agree with Israel about the danger of the agreement with Iran. History has proved that even if the world is united in its opinion, it isn't always right."

The U.S. State Department on Sunday formally submitted the nuclear agreement to Congress, including annexes and related materials. The 60-day period for U.S. lawmakers to review the deal begins on Monday.