‘Ironic To See [Republicans] Make Common Cause With The Hardliners In Iran’
[su_right_ad]With 47 Republican Senators trying to intercede between the Untied States and Iran during sensitive negotiations, it’s head-shaking time.
The White House responded by accusing the Republicans of conspiring with Iranian hardliners, who oppose the delicate negotiations, and suggested that their goal was to push the U.S. into a military conflict.
“I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran,” Obama said a few hours after the letter was made public. “It’s an unusual coalition.”
The letter, written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), suggests that any deal between President Obama and the Iranian leadership would amount to only an “executive agreement” that could undone by Congress or a future president. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time,” the letter states.
The Republican outreach to Tehran’s leaders comes at a critical juncture in the negotiations over the country’s nuclear program. Obama has said that Iran must agree to the outline of an accord by the end of March or further talks would be pointless.