State Dept: US Congress, Int'l Community to Assess Iran Deal for Approval

© AP Photo / Luis M. AlvarezThe State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman claims that US Congress and the international community will both have an opportunity to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it is implemented.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Congress and the international community will both have an opportunity to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it is implemented, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told reporters.

“What we [P5+1 groups of countries] worked out is a process that allows the time and space for the [US] Congressional review before it [Iran nuclear agreement] takes effect… while at the same time allowing the international community to speak,” Sherman said on Thursday.

The Iran nuclear agreement includes a 60 to 90-day review period for the UN Security Council to assess the deal and should accommodate US Congressional requirements, Sherman added.

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Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, US Congress will have a final say in the adopting of the agreement. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Senate will have 60 days to review it.

Earlier on Thursday, Congressmen Ed Royce and Michael McCaul urged US President Barack Obama to postpone any action by the UN Security Council to approve the Iran nuclear agreement, including significant weakening of the UN arms embargo.

In a Tuesday public address, Obama defended the nuclear agreement from critics. The President explained his administration has already begun outreach to members of Congress, offering extensive briefings to lawmakers currently studying the nearly 200 page agreement.

If a majority of both the Senate and House disapprove of the Iran deal, Obama will veto the resolution, sending it back to Congress where it must gather a two-thirds vote in both chambers to override the President's veto.

The nuclear agreement with Iran reached on Tuesday is aimed at preventing Tehran from developing or acquiring nuclear weapons.

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