Iran: we negotiate with ‘major powers’, not with US Congress

Washington: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Tehran was negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, not the US Congress, and called a Senate committee’s vote to give Congress the power to review any potential deal a domestic matter for the US.

Israeli leaders hailed the  Senate committee’s move, which is in line with Israel’s long-running effort to stymie a deal between Tehran and world powers on Iran’s nuclear program.

The Iranian leader, speaking in a televised speech in the northern Iranian city of Rasht, also repeated earlier statements that his country will not accept any comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers unless all sanctions imposed against it are lifted.

“We are in talks with the major powers and not with the Congress,” Mr Rouhani said, Iranian state television reported. Mr Rouhani said the US Congress’ power to review a nuclear deal with Iran was a domestic US matter.

He said Iran wanted to end its isolation by fostering “constructive interaction with the world and not confrontation”.

Mr Rouhani’s comments came one day after a Senate committee voted unanimously to give Congress the power to review a potential Iran nuclear deal after a June 30 negotiating deadline, in a compromise with the White House that allows President Barack Obama to avoid possible legislative disapproval of the pact before it can be completed.

Full article: Iran: we negotiate with ‘major powers’, not with US Congress (Sydney Morning Herald)

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