Rouhani shrugs off congressional vote

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By MIDORI NISHIDA
Talk Radio News Service

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the U.S. Congress of interfering in preliminary negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday.

As he addressed a large crowd in the city of Rasht, Rouhani emphasized that Tehran is dealing with world powers, not American lawmakers.

“What the U.S. Senate says, or what the U.S. House of Representatives want, or what the extremists in the U.S. are looking for, or what the U.S. mercenaries in the region say, it doesn’t have anything to do with our government or our people,” said Rouhani.

The Iranian president’s remarks were a clear response to President Obama agreeing to sign legislation on Tuesday that would allow Congress to reject a final nuclear deal with Iran. The bill is expected to pass both the Senate and the House.

A framework agreement was reached earlier this month and a finalized deal is scheduled to be reached by June 30 this year. Negotiation talks between the P5+1 and Iran over the curbing of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions have been blasted and opposed by 47 Republican Senators and other members of Congress, as well Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rouhani said that the disputes between the Obama administration and Congress are an “internal issue.”

“Our partner is not the U.S. Congress or the Senate, our partner is a group called ‘5+1?,” he said. Rouhani was referring to the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany that are currently involved in negotiations with Iran.

Rouhani also reiterated that no deal would be reached if economic sanctions on Iran were not lifted. “Everybody must know that if there is no end to the sanctions in the agreement, there will be no agreement.”

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