US Congress Decisions Will Not Block Talks

US Congress Decisions Will Not Block Talks

A senior nuclear negotiator said the decisions by the US Congress will not disrupt the talks on a final nuclear deal as Iran is holding "multilateral" negotiations with the major powers, including the US administration.
"We are negotiating with the US government within the framework of multilateral talks, and it is not the case that the bills approved by the legislatures of these countries can disrupt the negotiations, " Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told journalists on Tuesday in reference to the bill recently approved by the US Senate foreign relations panel calling for congressional review and approval of a nuclear agreement with Iran, IRNA reported.
"We hold the US government responsible for the commitments it will make under the prospective agreement, and it has to meet them," he said, adding, "The US administration should try to resolve its problems with Congress, but of course we closely monitor the decisions made and their effects on the negotiationas."
In addition, Araqchi said if Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) reach an agreement, the UN Security Council will endorse the pact, making it binding according to international law.
Another senior negotiator said on the same day that the negotiating diplomats will continue the talks "with open eyes."
Majid Takht-Ravanchi said if the other side does not make "excessive demands", it will be possible to reach a settlement.           


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