US Senators seek Congress veto power on Iran nuclear deal

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US lawmakers have reportedly introduced a bill that would require President Barack Obama to quickly submit to Congress any final nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 and give the lawmakers the chance to vote on the deal.

The legislation, which was introduced by five Republican Senators, would force Obama to submit to Congress the potential accord within three days and give the lawmakers the chance to reject the deal, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Congress would then have 15 days to review the deal and hold hearings, and then another 15 days to introduce a “resolution of disapproval,” which, if passed, would re-impose any sanctions on Iran that had been lifted.

“While this bill does not include new sanctions on Iran, it allows Congress to seek further sanctions if an acceptable final deal can’t be reached,” Senator Bob Corker, one of the bill’s co-sponsors and the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement.

Democrats who control a majority of the seats in the Senate have said it would be inappropriate to pass legislation that would risk disrupting the nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany.

Some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has authority over matters of international nuclear energy, said on Monday that the White House is not updating them on the status of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.

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

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 have agreed on an 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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