The Senate is threatening President Barack Obama that it will veto a final nuclear agreement with Iran and ratchet up sanctions if the administration agrees to the "weak and dangerous" deal currently on the table.
Nearly half the Senate, or 43 Republican senators, has signed a letter to the president warning that the current deal leaves open the possibility of allowing Tehran to build a nuclear weapon in the near future, The Washington Free Beacon reported
The letter was sent Wednesday, a week after Iranian leaders
said the United States should accept the country's "inalienable nuclear rights."
"Your negotiators appear to have disregarded clear expressions from the Senate emphasizing the need for a multi-decade agreement requiring Iran to fully suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities, to dismantle its illicit nuclear infrastructure, and completely disclose its past work on nuclear weaponization," the senators wrote to Obama.
"We see no indication your negotiators are pressing Iran to abandon efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach American soil."
The lawmakers insisted they will impose new economic sanctions on the country unless it fully halts all nuclear activities, a requirement much stronger than the Obama administration's position of allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium.
"We are alarmed by recent developments in your administration's policy towards Iran, including reports that your administration plans to circumvent Congress and unilaterally provide significant sanctions relief under a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran," they wrote.
"Unless the White House genuinely engages with Congress, we see no way that any agreement consisting of your administration's current proposals to Iran will endure in the 114th Congress and after your presidential term ends."
The senators also said that the administration is ignoring Iran's status as the "world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," and the country's goal of "perpetuating slaughter in Syria and sowing extremism and instability throughout the region."
As negotiations before the Nov. 24 deadline got underway, Iran issued forceful threats to the United States that it did not intend to back down to any U.S. demands to dismantle its nuclear program.
"If the opposite side intends to raise excessive demands to make us withdraw from our [inalienable nuclear] rights, they should know that our nation will never bow to such demands," Iran's Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani told the country's state-run media
The United States must additionally promise to not impose any new sanctions on Iran in the future, Larijani said.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry also announced Wednesday that it would not agree to any extension in talks
if a final agreement is not reached by the deadline.
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