Foreign Policy

Iranian Speaker: We Don’t Have Problems Like the U.S. Congress

Written by SK Ashby

Just as they intended, the Senate Republican letter addressed to Iranian leadership warning them not to place too much stock in a nuclear agreement reached with the Obama administration was brought up by the Iranians yesterday and today during negotiations.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior U.S. official said Monday. [...]

The letter came up in nuclear talks Sunday between senior U.S. and Iranian negotiators, the official said, and the Iranians raised it again in discussions Monday led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

While the letter was brought up during negotiations, the good news is it seems unlikely that Iranian hardliners will have the opportunity to derail a deal as hardliners here in America are hoping to do.

The speaker of Iranian parliament specifically said today that they will not attempt to interfere in the same manner as Congress has.

"Parliament and the government are following the same path," [Speaker Ali Larijani] told reporters.

"We don't have problems like those in the United States," he said, alluding to the split between President Barack Obama's White House and the US Congress over nuclear talks.

It's amusing to me that Senate Republicans have managed to make themselves look like horses asses while making Iranian lawmakers look reasonable.