Press TV: US Senate Democrats block amendment linking Iran agreement to Israel

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First published …  September 17, 2015, Press TV, Tehran

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US President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, August 2015
President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, August 2015

Democratic lawmakers in the US Senate have blocked a Republican attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear agreement by linking it to Israel.

On Thursday, 45 senators voted against an amendment from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would have prevented President Barack Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran until the Islamic Republic recognizes the Israeli regime.

McConnell’s proposal, Iran would have to publicly recognize Israel’s right to exist, a demand which was made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sixty votes were needed to approve the measure in the 100-member chamber.

Netanyahu has said that a final nuclear agreement with Iran must include a “clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.”

President Obama, however, has announced that recognition of Israel cannot be a part of the nuclear deal with Iran, saying requiring Tehran to recognize Israel is a “fundamental misjudgment”.

US Senate Foreign relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-KY) (C) speaks while flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) (L) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) during a news conference after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Senate Foreign relations Chairman Bob Corker speaks while flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Roy Blunt on September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Thursday is the final day for the Republican-controlled Congress to disapprove of the nuclear deal.

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats blocked a resolution against Iran agreement for a second time in a week.

As was expected, the Republicans failed once again to gather the 60 votes needed for the resolution of disapproval.

This means the legislation aimed at sabotaging the historic agreement is essentially dead, and that the deal will now take effect without a veto showdown between Congress and the Obama administration.

It appears that Senate Democrats have finally succeeded to frustrate all Republican efforts to sink the Vienna accord in Congress and now the nuclear pact — negotiated by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — will begin taking effect next month.

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