Iranian sanctions make impact on Utah


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Global leaders are calling the Iranian nuclear agreement “historic;” noting that the US and Iran haven’t had concrete talks like this ever before. But this moment doesn’t come without skepticism.

On Skype, University of Utah Law Professor Amos Guiora says the details of the decision to lift sanctions will be harshly criticized and debated. Less than 24 hours later a discrepancy on what this all really means.

“Every measure the Iranians want to go forward with has to be agreed upon. That’s the significance of the agreement. And from what I understand, that's not the understanding of the Iranians and the question is how will that impact ratification by the senate?” asked University of Utah Law Professor Amos Guiora.

And Utah Senator Mike Lee opposes the move by the Administration releasing this statement, “It concerns me that we have already agreed to loosen our sanctions on Iran when their government's record of violating previous agreements, refusing to cooperate with the international community, and continuing to export terrorism casts doubts on how sincere their leaders will be in keeping to this agreement. The administration must ensure Congress and the American people that they can clearly verify Iranian compliance; history does not inspire much confidence in holding Iran to its word."

But the White House says they’ve backed up Iran into a corner that will help the international community. With many of those sanctions lifted, some foreign nations will now trade with Iran. Experts say that could mean adding more oil into the market and that could drop gas prices. But Professor Guiora says to hold off on the celebrations just yet.

“Wait and see. And what's the expression, the devil's in the details and the proof is in the pudding,” said Guiora.

This significant moment comes at a time when Iran and the West share significant distrust. ABC 4 Utah called Brigham Young University to see how this political move is impacting students at the University’s Center in Jerusalem. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is strongly critical of the new agreement, it has not caused any tension or uproar at the BYU Center.

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