U.S. Senate passed bill on “nuclear deal” with Iran

SHAFAQNA – The U.S. Senate has passed a legislation giving the Congress a right to review a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to end a standoff over the long-lasting nuclear dispute.

The U.S. Senate passed the legislation in a 98-1 vote on May 7 that requires a congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Tehran, Reuters reported.

The U.S. House of Representatives is to hold a vote on the measure next week.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require U.S. President Barack Obama to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran to the U.S. Congress for a full review.

The agreement must be considered by Congress within 30 days after the deadline for completion of negotiations – June 30.

During the review period, the president will not be able to waive or suspend congressional sanctions on Tehran.

If Congress rejects the final deal, Obama can override the ruling with his veto, which would require a super-majority of two-thirds of both the House and Senate before being overcome.

He will still be able to lift sanctions, he himself imposed but he would be unable to lift those imposed by Congress.

Such sanctions can only be permanently lifted by Congress.

The U.S, along with Iran and five other nations, have set a deadline of June 30 to finalize a deal.

Earlier, Republicans in the Congress in the U.S. Congress have said not to be in favor of any deal with Iran, arguing that Iran has received too many concessions.

The Republican-led U.S. Congress threatened to impose new sanctions on Iran if the P5+1 and Iran fail to reach a final deal. President Barack Obama earlier threatened to veto any such moves and advised to wait until completion of nuclear negotiations.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — reached a mutual understanding on the parameters of a comprehensive agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2.

The two sides held expert-level talks in Vienna, Austria, on April 24. The three-day talks were held in a bid to draft the text of a final agreement based on the mutual understanding reached in Lausanne.

The representatives of six world powers and Iran agreed to meet again on May 12 to discuss the remaining issues in drafting nuclear agreement. Iran and the six-party group have agreed to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June.


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