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'US Congress can't modify Iran n-deal'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, March 12: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday refuted the claim by a group of Republican setors in a letter that an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme not approved by the Congress would lapse.

Kerry said that the Congress could not modify the terms of a potential nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran, according to a Xinhua report. “It’s incorrect when it (the setors’ letter) says that Congress could actually modify the terms of an agreement at any time. That’s flat wrong,” Kerry told lawmakers. “They don’t have the right to modify an agreement reached, executive-to-executive, between leaders of a country.” Kerry told the Sete Foreign Relations Committee that the US was not negotiating a “legally binding plan”, but one that has “a capacity for enforcement”. Almost 50 Republican setors warned Iran in a letter made public on Monday that an agreement on its nuclear programme that is not approved by the US Congress could lapse as soon as President Barack Obama left the White House in less than two years. “We will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear weapons programme that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei,” said the setors in the missive. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time,” the letter read. The rare move of Congressiol intervention on US foreign policy drew criticism from the White House, with Vice President Joe Biden dismissing it as “a dangerous mistake to scuttle a peaceful resolution” of the Iranian nuclear issue. (IANS)

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