Letter inflames US feud over Iran talks

Iran denies it is trying to produce atomic weapons and insists the Bushehr reactor and its other nuclear facilities are purely for peaceful energy needsBarack Obama pilloried Republicans over an incendiary letter to Iran’s leaders that warned a nuclear deal with the United States could be scrapped by the next president. Forty-seven Senate Republicans — including several potential 2016 presidential candidates — made the unprecedented move of directly and publicly addressing leaders of the Islamic Republic in a bid to scupper the sensitive talks. “I think it is somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with hardliners in Iran,” Obama said. Vice President Joe Biden, a former senator with decades of experience in Congress, opened fire with a harsher edge saying Republicans put the United States in peril with their misstep.

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