Iranian foreign Mminister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in New York to continue the conversation on the Iran nuclear framework with Secretary of State John Kerry. The sanctions against Iran have crippled the economy and have been a major point in the nuclear framework talks.
Zarif has been adamant that all the sanctions have done to the country is create an atmosphere that the United States does not want to treat the Iranian people well and prevents them from spending their money abroad. In an interview Zarif was asked if he could explain what his understanding of when the sanctions will be lifted.
"If we have an agreement on the 30th of July, within a few days after that we will have a resolution in the security council under article 41 of chapter seven. Which will be mandatory for all member states, whether Senator Cotton likes it or not," said Zarif. "I couldn’t avoid that."
Zarif comments were met with laughter from both the audience and the host. The host lightly reprimanded Zarif by saying that he would have to pay for his comments but that he already knew that and continued to laugh some more.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) has come under fire sending an open letter that was signed by 46 other senators to the government of Iran. The letter reminded them that any actions taken by President Obama need to be approved by Congress and can be overturned by the next president.