House of Representatives passes Iran nuclear deal review bill

US House of Representatives passes legislation giving Congress right to review, approve or reject Iran nuclear talks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The legislation which gives the United States Congress the right to review an international agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme passed the US House of Representatives with overwhelming majority on Thursday.

The Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which passed the Senate last week, approved by the House of Representatives with 400 in favour against 25 rejections, waiting the President Barack Obama to sign it into law.

The bill would give the Senate the authority to review, approve or reject a possible nuclear agreement between Iran and five other world powers, namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, after signed by Obama.

The legislation came after months of intense discussion of how Congress could best have a voice in the ongoing negotiations, which is something that Obama had not agreed on until Russian President Vladimir Putin has lifted a ban of selling S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran.

On April 13, Putin described the ban for S-300 on Iran as “needless,” saying Iran’s nuclear track with the West is positive which caused him to take the decision.

Iran and the P5+1 world powers reached a framework deal on Iran’s nuclear programme on April 2 in the Swiss city of Lausanne in exchange for removing all economic sanctions from the country.

Obama, in response to Putin’s decision, said he would sign a compromise bill which would give Congress a voice on the nuclear talks with Iran, backing down from his veto threat on any possible legislation on the nuclear deal.

The bill provides a 30-day period to the US Congress after the signing of the agreement to review it and decide whether to lift congressional sanctions for the deal to go into effect.

The deadline for a final agreement on the nuclear talks with Iran was arranged to be held by June 30.


TRTWorld and agencies