Administration Touts Nuclear Deal of ‘Double-Digit Duration’

A new phrase being circulated by the administration in relation to a proposed nuclear deal with Iran is “double-digit duration” – that is, an agreement period of at least 10 years – but the top Iranian nuclear negotiator stressed Tuesday that such an element is unacceptable to the regime.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf used the term “double-digit duration” or “double-digit agreement” five times during Tuesday’s daily briefing, a day after President Obama in a Reuters interview spoke about the possibility of Iran being “willing to agree to double-digit years of keeping their program where it is right now.”The “double-digit” reference is to a proposal that will curb Iran’s nuclear program for a period of at least ten years before restrictions are eased – a so-called sunset clause. The P5+1 negotiating group – the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – had initially pressed for a 15-20 year period.


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