White House warns Republican Senators legislation could hurt Iran talks

Snow starts to fall as a woman walks past the White House in Washington March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Snow begins to fall as a woman walks earlier the White Home in Washington March 5, 2015.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque


(Reuters) – The White Home warned Republican Senators on Saturday that law requiring that Congress approve any deal reached with Iran over its nuclear capabilities may have a “profoundly negative impression” on negotiations. 

The warning in a letter from White Home Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough, sent days before the due date for a framework of a deal that might limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities, is the newest signal of rising rigidity between the White Home and Republicans in Congress over the negotiations.

Republicans who oppose the negotiations say lifting sanctions on Iran may permit its building of a nuclear weapon and have proposed regulation that would require Congressional approval of any deal.

The White Home in the past said President Barack Obama would veto the proposed law. 

This week, 47 Senate Republicans despatched a letter to Iran warning that any deal reached might be overturned by means of the subsequent U.S. president. 

McDonough said Congress will ultimately have the facility to lift or proceed sanctions on Iran, but that any law requiring they approve the deal can be harmful to the talks.  

“We consider that the law would doubtless have a profoundly negative influence on the ongoing negotiations – emboldening hard-liners, inviting a counter-productive response from the Iranian majiles; differentiating the U.S. position from our allies in the negotiations; and once again calling into query our potential to negotiate this deal,” McDonough wrote.

(Reporting via Julia Edwards; Editing with the aid of Robert Birsel)

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