US President Tells Congress Voting Down Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Historic Mistake’

Thu Aug 6, 2015 12:09:48

US President Barack Obama will argue today that it will be a “historic mistake” should the Congress block the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, Al-Alam News Network reports.

During a speech at American University in Washington, D.C., Obama will frame the decision before lawmakers as “as the most consequential foreign policy debate since the decision to go to war in Iraq,” the White House said in a statement.

Obama will argue that the decision facing Congress “should not even be a close call.”

Obama has embarked on a personal lobbying push to persuade Democratic lawmakers to support the agreement ahead of the five-week August recess, The Hill reported.

According to an article published by Almonitor on August 3, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is spending a huge amounts of money to help convince Congress to tear up the Iran nuclear breakthrough.

The article also said that the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) has also offered a helping hand to the AIPAC in the process of rejecting the agreement.

“AIPAC also has a charitable arm, the American Israel Education Foundation. Founded in 1990, AIEF has funded 1,034 trips to Israel for lawmakers and their staff since 2000, according to an analysis by LegiStorm, at a cost of more than $10.7 million — more than any other sponsor.”

“Congress gained the right to review the deal after passing bipartisan legislation in May. The bill, crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., creates a 60-day review period and allows Congress to ban Obama from lifting sanctions, potentially killing the deal — if it can assemble a veto-proof majority,” it added.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14 successfully concluded their nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, and finalized the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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