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Congress should review Iran nuclear agreement: Senator Menendez

13 April 2015 10:18


The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the US Senate should vote on an anti-Iran legislation requiring Congress to review any final nuclear deal with Iran.

“This is not about, as some would suggest, jamming the administration. It’s about Congress having a responsible role,” Senator Robert Menendez told Fox News on Sunday.

“It is a congressional duty to review whatever agreement comes about. That review may determine that at the end of the day people will think it is an appropriate deal. They may determine it is not,” he added.

The legislation proposed by Senators Bob Corker and Menendez requires Congress to review any final nuclear agreement with Iran.

The bill would also ban the White House from lifting any sanctions for a period of 60 days so that Congress could hold hearings and debate the deal.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to approve the bill on April 14.

A landmark framework nuclear 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 June.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he opposed the anti-Iran legislation.

“What we’re looking for is not to have Congress interfere with our ability, inappropriately, by stepping on the prerogatives of the executive department of the president, and putting in place conditions and terms that are going to get in the way of the limitation of a plan,” Kerry told NBC.

Kerry is expected to brief Congress on the current developments with respect to the negotiations on Monday and Tuesday.

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