Obama snubs senior senators on Iran talks details

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A number of high-ranking US lawmakers say President Barack Obama is not updating them on the status of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.

Some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has authority over matters of international nuclear energy, said they were not given any details about the latest nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States – plus Germany, the National Journal reported on Monday.

“They don’t consult us,” said Senator Marco Rubio. “They’ve shown no interest in involving the congressional branch with any sort of input with regard to what the ultimate deal is going to be,” he added.

The White House has reportedly invited some members of Congress to a briefing on Thursday on the nuclear negotiations.

“My invite was lost in the mail,” said Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona. “I think that the Congress should approve or disapprove of something that is of this significance,” he added.

Republican Senator James Risch of Idaho said he was not aware of any members of Congress that have been included on the details.

Earlier this month, over three-quarters of US legislators in the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama urging him to consult Congress on a final nuclear deal with Iran.

Iran and the six world powers agreed on the extension of their talks until November 24 with a view to achieving a lasting nuclear deal. The initial deadline had been July 20.

By Press TV


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