Dem warns Europe against rushing to do business with Iran


The Hill
By Julian Hattem – 02/16/16 12:29 PM EST

A top Senate Democrat is warning European businesses not to be too eager to do business with Iran, after international sanctions were lifted last month.

“While every business deal with Iran is not inherently dangerous, I’m increasingly concerned that in some quarters, the nuclear agreement is viewed less as a matter of keeping Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and more as a business opportunity,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) wrote in an op-ed in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday.
“[T]he willingness of a number of nations to economically embrace the Iranian regime must not keep us from enforcing Iran’s important commitments to limit its nuclear program,” added Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Coons supported the Iran agreement but has urged caution about implementing the deal.
The Tuesday op-ed comes as a word of warning to Europe, where businesses have rushed to enter into business with the formerly isolated country.

“We must all remember that the most important contract with Iran is the one we’ve already signed: the nuclear agreement,” Coons wrote. “Until we can enforce that contract, we must not rush to sign new ones that put the effectiveness of the first one in jeopardy.”
Since the accord was implemented last month, Iran has signed business deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars giving it a fresh supply of airplanes, cars and machinery.

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