The White House has announced that the U.S. president will veto a bill prepared by Congress that would make any nuclear deal with Iran conditional on congressional approval.


Reuters reports that the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act presented in Congress by a number of Republican and Democrat senators would require the administration to submit the text of any agreement between Iran and the 5+1 within five days. It also would prohibit the president from suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran for 60 days after the deal.

White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said on Saturday February 28: “The president has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran. If this bill is sent to the president, he will veto it.”

She added that the negotiators need the best possible chance for success and Congress should keep from “complicating their efforts”.

The negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 delegations will resume this week in Geneva. Iran has made it clear that it will not accept any deal that does not entail the complete removal of sanctions.