Obama Signs Law Giving Congress Power to Review Iran Deal

May 22, 2015  

President Barack Obama on Friday signed the legislation that would give Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran, reports The Associated Press (AP).

The legislation would bar Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days while lawmakers examine any final deal.

Congress would have to pass a resolution of disapproval to reject an agreement, an action Obama likely would veto. Obama originally threatened to veto the bill, but later agreed to sign it after a compromise on its wording was reached between Republicans and Democrats.

Just last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the measure by an overwhelming majority of 400-25. The House approval came a week after the Senate voted 98-1 to approve the legislation.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and helped write the legislation, said the Obama administration must make sure it addresses concerns raised by Congress.

“Our negotiators should take advantage of the added leverage to force further concessions from the Iranians so that any agreement reached is verifiable, enforceable and can assure the American people Iran will not be able to develop a nuclear weapon,” he said, according to AP.

Iran and the six world powers made a major breakthrough at talks with Iran on April 2 by agreeing on the parameters for a final deal to scale back its nuclear capabilities.

The negotiators, however, still have a series of technical issues to resolve by a June 30 deadline for a final deal, including the steps for lifting sanctions imposed on Iran.

Earlier on Friday, speaking to a Jewish congregation in Washington, Obama sought to offer assurances that he wanted an ironclad compact.

“I will not accept a bad deal,” he said. “This deal will have my name on it, so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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