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Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Secretary of State John Kerry said “we are not negotiating a legally binding plan” with Iran in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. “With respect to the talks, we’ve been clear from the beginning. We’re not negotiating a ‘legally binding’ plan. We’re negotiating a plan that will have in it a capacity for enforcement. We don’t even have diplomatic relations with Iran right now.
originally posted by: CranialSponge
a reply to: queenofswords
You do know that the US is not the only country involved in these negotiations with Iran, right ?
So how is it that a handful of US senators are able to trump agreements that involve other countries beyond their own ?
If that's the case, then why does the rest of world even bother negotiating with one another when a handful of US congress members can just merrily skip along and erase it with a wave of their magic wand ?
I don't think that is what they did.
Excuse Number 2: McCain's breathtaking defense of signing the Iran letter: "I sign lots of letters"
An Open Letter to 47 Republican Senators of the United States of America from Iran’s Hard-Liners
Our system, like yours, has its critics. Some portray our Council of Guardians as unelected ideologues who override the will of the people. The charge is absurd, as your own experience demonstrates. In your country’s three most recent elections, which together produced your Senate’s entire current membership, the other party’s nominees won 5 million more votes than yours did. Nevertheless, you control the chamber. The true will of the people, as you know, is to follow those of us who understand what is best.
Thank you once again for this enlightening exchange. Prompted by your letter, our council has decided to end the talks with your secretary of state and dismiss nuclear inspectors from our country. We look forward to working with you in the future on other matters of common interest, such as prayer, capital punishment, and troops in Iraq.
Council of Guardians
The Islamic Republic of Iran
Round-Up: Editorial Boards From Around the Country Respond to the 47 Republican Senators
Earlier this week, 47 Republican Senators sent a letter to Iran’s leaders that was expressly designed to undercut the President in the midst of sensitive international negotiations. This letter ignores two centuries of precedent and threatens to undermine the ability of any future American President – Democrat or Republican – to negotiate with other nations on behalf of the United States. America’s influence in the world depends on its ability to honor its commitments, and this letter was a partisan effort to score political points at the expense of America’s credibility and standing in the world.
Many Americans – whether they agree with the President’s policies or not – expressed outrage, disbelief, and disappointment at the Senators’ actions.
Here is a small sample of the coverage that this partisan effort has generated across the country [Click to See].
Khamenei slams Republican letter on Iran, hits at U.S. 'backstabbing'
Mehr quoted Khamenei as saying: "Of course I am worried, because the other side is known for opacity, deceit and backstabbing."
"Every time we reach a stage where the end of the negotiations is in sight, the tone of the other side, specifically the Americans, becomes harsher, coarser and tougher. This is the nature of their tricks and deceptions."
The negotiations, which resume in Lausanne, Switzerland, next week, are at a critical juncture as the sides try to meet an end of March target for an interim deal, with a final deal in June.