Sen. Bob Corker, (R) with Sen. Ben Cardin. (AP/Susan Walsh) (AP/Susan Walsh)
Corker Cardin

Senators urged Obama to postpone a UN vote on the Iran deal until after Congress reviews it, in accordance with his own statements. 

The UN Security Council (UNSC) scheduled a vote for first thing Monday morning on a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal.

The resolution was circulated to council members Wednesday by the United States. Members were also briefed by both Iran and the other countries that negotiated the landmark agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

With all five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council involved in the marathon Iran negotiations, the resolution’s adoption Monday was almost certain.

The resolution implements an intricate deal that places restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program while allowing relief from sanctions that the country’s leaders say have hurt its economy.

Monday’s vote came despite calls from some US lawmakers to delay Security Council approval until Congress reviews the deal.

Kerry, Wendy Sherman, Moniz

From left, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during the negotiations. (AP/Brendan Smialowski)

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker (R-TN.) and Ben Cardin (D-MD.), a ranking member, on Thursday wrote a letter to President Barack Obama saying, “We urge you to postpone the vote at the United Nations until after Congress considers this agreement.”

Bringing the agreement to a UN vote first “would be contrary to your statement that ‘it’s important for the American people and Congress to get a full opportunity to review this deal…our national security policies are stronger and more effective when they are subject to the scrutiny and transparency that democracy demands,'” the letter read

However, the chief US negotiator in the Iran talks, Wendy Sherman, rejected that idea Thursday.

She told reporters: “It would have been a little difficult when all of the (countries negotiating with Iran) wanted to go to the United Nations to get an endorsement of this, since it is a product of the United Nations process, for us to say, ‘Well, excuse me, the world, you should wait for the United States Congress.'”

Sherman said the council resolution allows the “time and space” for a congressional review before the measure actually takes effect.

By: AP and United with Israel Staff


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