News ID: 113911
Published: 0608 GMT March 15, 2015

Speaker: GOP’s Iran letter undermined US legal standing

Speaker: GOP’s Iran letter undermined US legal standing

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the letter by the American Republican senators shows the influence of Israeli lobby on the US political scene, saying the move undermined the country’s legal standing in the international community.


The letter explains the reason behind the international community’s growing “distrust” in the US administration, Larijani said on Sunday, Press TV reported.

The top parliamentarian further slammed as “hollow” and “void” a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint session of the US Congress earlier this month, saying the American senators decided to send such a letter to Iran in another “thoughtless” move after the world ridiculed Netanyahu’s anti-Iran rant.

“The letter dealt a heavy blow to the legal standing of the US on the international stage,” he said.

In an unexpected move on Monday, 47 senators from the Republican party, commonly known as GOP, issued a desperate warning to the Iranian officials on the validity of a potential nuclear deal, describing such an agreement as “nothing more than an executive agreement” which could be canceled by the next US president “by a stroke of a pen”.

The letter was sent days after Netanyahu said the White House was negotiating a “very bad nuclear deal” with the Islamic Republic in his address to the congressmen.

Larijani further called on the Iranian negotiators to block any “reactionary measures” such as the loopholes suggested in the controversial letter in a possible agreement with the P5+1 group of countries over Tehran’s nuclear work.

US European allies also joined the Obama administration in criticizing the Republican interjection into nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying that the letter is counterproductive and comes at a particularly sensitive time in the talks.

Iran and the P5+1 countries – China, Russia, Britain, France and the US, plus Germany – are seeking to seal a high-profile political deal by the end of March and confirm the full technical details of the accord by July 1.

The scale of Iran’s uranium enrichment and the timetable for the removal of anti-Iran sanctions are seen as major stumbling blocks.

Iran has suspended some of its enrichment program in return for certain sanctions relief under an interim deal with the P5+1 in November 2013.

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