File photo of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif as they arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in Montreux

Republicans warn Iran nuclear deal with Obama may not last

File photo of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif as they arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in MontreuxBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty-seven Republican U.S. senators warned Iran’s leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention in foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran. The open letter was signed by all but seven of the Republicans in the Senate and none of Obama’s fellow Democrats, who called it a “stunt.” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed it as a “propaganda ploy” from pressure groups he called afraid of diplomatic agreement. In the letter, the senators said Congress plays a role in ratifying international agreements. Noting Obama will leave office in January 2017, they said any deal not approved by Congress would be merely “an executive agreement” that could be revoked by Congress.

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