US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran

Catherine Ashton (L), High Representative for the European Union, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend the first day of the second round of P5+1 talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, Austria on March 18, 2014An overwhelming majority of US lawmakers Tuesday demanded President Barack Obama hold the line on Iran, as a permanent agreement regarding the Islamic republic’s contested nuclear program is under negotiation in Vienna. In bipartisan letters, House and Senate members sent wish lists to the president specifying what they wanted to see in any final deal, namely that Iran never gain ability to build a nuclear bomb. Topping the list of “core principles” sought by 83 of the Senate’s 100 members was their demand that Iran not have the right to enrich uranium — a position rejected by Iranian officials. “We believe that Iran has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, (and) we believe any agreement must dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program and prevent it from ever having a uranium or plutonium path to a nuclear bomb,” they said in a letter to Obama.

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