US Senator Happy Nuclear Talks Going On

US Senator Happy Nuclear Talks Going On US Senator Happy Nuclear Talks Going On

The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday he did not see the continuation of Iran nuclear talks as a problem for US lawmakers, who have the opportunity to vote on a deal after one is reached.

"I'm very happy that we're not rushing to a place and taking shortcuts on the remaining issues that are left. That is to me a very good thing," the panel's chairman, Republican Senator Bob Corker, told reporters at the US Capitol, Reuters reported.

Corker spoke just after US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna that the talks were continuing, indicating negotiators would miss a July 9 deadline to submit a final deal to the US Congress for an expedited 30-day review period.

The review period was supposed to extend to 60 days if the deadline is missed.

Corker said lawmakers had not yet decided how they would respond to an agreement, if there is one.

"We want to read the agreement," Corker said, but he added lawmakers had begun talks about the path forward.

"We are trying to work through all the machinations, not knowing exactly when it comes," he said.

Corker wrote the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which gives Congress the right to review a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Under the law, Congress can try to pass a resolution of disapproval, which would take away President Barack Obama's right to temporarily waive many sanctions imposed on Iran.

United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been negotiating with Iran to reach a long-term deal under which Tehran would restrict its nuclear activities for specified durations in exchange for sanctions relief.