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Americans want Congress to allow Iran nuclear deal to go forward: Poll

11 April 2015 11:02


A large majority of Americans say Congress should not block a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and support a recent framework nuclear deal, according to a new poll.

Sixty-five percent of respondents said they want Congress to allow the deal to go forward and closely monitor its implementation, the poll conducted by Hart Research on behalf of the Americans United for Change showed on Friday.

It also found that 61 percent of Americans favor the deal (28 percent strongly favor, 33 percent somewhat favor), while 34 percent say they oppose the agreement.

A landmark framework agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – in Switzerland on April 2.

The two sides will work to draw up a final accord by the end of a June 30 deadline.

Congress has been trying to derail the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker introduced a bill that would temporarily bar President Barack Obama from removing economic sanctions against Iran while Congress reviews a nuclear agreement with Tehran.

The anti-Iran legislation is scheduled for markup in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

The bill is likely to pass if it goes to a committee vote on Tuesday, but it will need 67 votes on the Senate floor to override President Obama’s promised veto.

In an interview with Press TV on Friday, former US Senate candidate Mark Dankof said the US Congress is seeking a military confrontation with Iran.

“It is very clear that a majority in the United States’ Congress controlled by the Israel lobby — both in the House and in the Senate — was to torpedo this agreement even though Iran has made the draconian concessions in it, because the bottom line is that the government of the United States driven by Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel itself want a war with Iran,” he said.

“And they will be satisfied with nothing less than a war with Iran, and a war with Iran that is directed at a ‘regime change’ in terms of the government of that country. That’s a bottom line here,” he added.

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