US President Barack Obama says he plans to sign a bill allowing Congress to review a final nuclear agreement with Iran over its nuclear energy program because it would not undermine negotiations.
Obama told a White House news conference on Friday that legislation drafted by Senators Bob Corker and Ben Cardin is a “reasonable compromise” that would not impede negotiators from reaching a final deal with Iran by July 1.
It is pertinent to mention here that Right-wing elements in the Republican Party along with Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its civilian nuclear program.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
“The final product that emerged out of the Corker-Cardin negotiations, we believe, will not derail the negotiations,” Obama said during the press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
“Assuming that what lands on my desk is what Senators Corker and Cardin agreed to, I will sign it.”
The Obama administration had initially opposed congressional intervention in the nuclear negotiations over concerns that the bill would undermine efforts to reach a final pact with Iran.
But the White House conceded after Republican and Democratic lawmakers crafted a rare compromise measure that would give them the power to review an agreement with Iran.
According to the legislation, Obama should submit the final nuclear deal for congressional review and he would not be allowed to lift sanctions, levied by Congress against Iran, during the review period.
Iran and P5+1 group of countries – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – reached a mutual understanding on Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland. The two sides are expected to start drafting a final deal which they seek to sign by the end of June.