47 Republican Senators recently signed a letter which warned the supreme leader of Iran that:
any deal negotiated by the current White House could be reversed by a new president “with the stroke of a pen’’ in as little as 22 months.
In other words: Dear Mr Khamenei, if you reach a deal with the current U.S President (Obama), such a deal could be considered as meaningless to the next leader of the United States.
Many are wondering what impact this latest development could have inside Iran.
In my opinion, it could end up strengthening the voice of those inside Iran who want a deal with the U.S.
It could also increase the credibility of Obama as someone Iran could reach a deal with.
My logic goes as follows:
Inside Iran, especially to those surrounding the supreme leader, it is most probably becoming increasingly clear what massive pressure Obama is facing at home. How his rivals are trying their level best to scuttle a deal with Iran.
More importantly, it is most probably becoming clear in Tehran how Obama is fighting tooth and nail to keep the chances of a deal alive. How he is going out of his to defend the negotiations, despite the massive and unending pressure.
And this could lead to the conclusion in Iran that:
Look at Obama’s efforts. He is someone we could do business with. He is our last chance to reach a deal to end the sanctions. It’s unlikely that someone like Obama will come to power in the U.S any time soon. So it’s now or never.