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The United States Senate began debating legislation on Tuesday that would empower Congress to review or reject any nuclear deal between the US and Iran.
The law would block President Barack Obama from waiving sanctions against the Iranian regime for 60 days while lawmakers rule on the issue, and it would state that if senators disapprove the deal, Obama would lose authority to waive certain economic penalties — an event that would certainly prompt a presidential veto.
U.S. Senators began a debate on the bipartisan Iran bill that would give Congress the authority to review any final nuclear deal with the Iranian regime, aimed at curbing the clerical regime’ nuclear program.
Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) made their opening statements about the proposal on Thursday.
Four companies and five individuals have been charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran just as officials are trying to persuade the Iranian regime to curb its nuclear program, CNN reported.
The companies charged in a 24-count U.S. indictment, which was unsealed on Friday, are Houston-based Smart Power Systems Inc., Hosoda Taiwan Limited Corporation, Golsad Istanbul Trading Ltd. and and the Faratel Corporation in Iran.
A senior commander in the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) says international nuclear inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers.
Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard’s deputy leader, said Sunday on state TV that allowing the foreign inspection of military sites is tantamount to “selling out.”
The Vienna based United Nations nuclear watchdog said it had a "constructive exchange" with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear programme that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address.
In any final deal with the Iranian regime, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would play a major role in monitoring Tehran’s compliance.
In a direct challenge to the White House, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is to vote on a bill that would give Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran.
The bill put forward by Senator Bob Corker, the panel's chairman, would give Congress a vote on any final nuclear agreement with Iran.
Iran News in Brief - 23 April 2015