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Senate to deter nuclear deal enactment only for 2 months: Araqchi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 10, IRNA -- Iran's senior nuclear negotiator said US Senate's intervention can delay execution of a deal only for about 2 months, a lawmaker said on Sunday.

Spokesman of the Majlis (Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, also quoted Araqchi elaborating on US Congress working rules and procedures.

'A Senate intervention can only deter the execution of a nuclear deal for approximately 2 months and has no other effect,' Araqchi was quoted saying.

'If we assume that Congress can override US President's veto, who will lose? Certainly, Americans will. Because we will continue our path, P5+1 unity will be lost, sanctions will be shaken, and outcoming results will be for Iran,' the senior negotiatior told the parliamentary commission.

The Senate on Thursday passed a legislation which will make it possible for Congress to review and potentially reject a pending nuclear deal with Iran.

The bill gives Congress 30 days to review a final nuclear deal after Iran and the P5+1 countries reach such an agreement, and during that time bars President Barack Obama from temporarily waiving any US sanctions on Iran that were passed by Congress.

If Congress approves of the deal – or fails to disapprove within a certain timeframe –the President's deal can move forward.

While the debate continues, some lawmakers have signaled their support for the President's negotiations with Iran. 150 Democrats have urged Obama to "stay on course" and commended the work of world powers so far in the process.

A Washington Post report said the letter could mean the President has enough Congressional support to override a veto should lawmakers vote to reject the deal once it is released in June.


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