Bipartisan Letter in House Raises Concerns over Iran Talks

(The Hill) Martin Matishak - House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) are circulating a letter stating that should the administration reach an agreement with Tehran, "permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation." Lawmakers "must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief." The letter highlights concerns about the size of Iran's illicit nuclear effort, Tehran's lack of cooperation with the UN's atomic watchdog and the need for a tough inspection regime. It also calls out Iran for its "destabilizing role in the region," saying Tehran is aligned with the Syrian regime, supports the terrorist group Hizbullah and backs militias that have created the security situation in Yemen.

2015-03-03 00:00:00

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