Iran rejects report of US Congress approval of nuclear deal before UN action


A senior member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team has dismissed a Reuters report that the UN Security Council will lift sanctions against Tehran after the US Congress gives its green light.

Reuters on Monday quoted Western officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying that if Iran and the P5+1 group of countries reach a final nuclear deal, the Security Council will likely delay for at least one month action to lift UN sanctions on Tehran so the US Congress can review the agreement.

It also claimed that Iran appears to be reluctantly accepting the delay.

However, Hamid Baeidinejad, who also serves as the director general for political affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday rejected the report and said, “I think this news is totally fabricated.”

Baeidinejad’s comment came as Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are set to resume another round of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna ahead of a self-imposed June 30 deadline.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program by June 30.

Tehran and its negotiating partners have been working on the text of a final agreement since they reached a mutual understanding on the key parameters of a final deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

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