Barack Obama agreed to sign the document. The State Department assured that in its current form, it should not prevent concluding the deal with Iran, which is scheduled to take place by June 30.
According to the bill, which was approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, immediately after the conclusion of the deal on the Iranian nuclear program, the text of the agreement, together with all classified documents should be sent to Congress for review. Within 30 days (in the original version it was 60 days, but that version of the document did not receive a majority), when lawmakers will be reviewing the document, the United States will not be able to lift the sanctions against Iran. If the final agreement will not get approved by the members of Congress, this period will be extended. If the final resolution of the Congress on the Iranian deal will be negative, the restrictions against Iran should be preserved.
“This bill would oblige the administration to provide us with all the details, if a final agreement (with Iran) will be reached, before they can lift the sanctions that we have introduced as a common effort,” – believes the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the author of the initiative Robert Corker.
The text of the bill states that the US president should provide Congress information every 90 days on the implementation of the agreement by Iran; otherwise Congress can re-impose the sanctions.
Barack Obama said he was willing to sign the current version of the bill, which the White House considered a “compromise.” This was announced today at a regular press briefing by the press secretary of the White House Joshua Ernest. A previous version of this bill was categorically rejected by the administration, because it assumed that the debates on the bill will begin before the end of negotiations of the group with Tehran, but in this form it was not supported by lawmakers who represent the Democratic Party of the United States. The State Department said that the risk of jeopardizing the agreement with Iran by US lawmakers is small.
The head of the White House has repeatedly urged Congress not to interfere in the course of negotiations with Iran in order not to derail the deal.
Barack Obama threatened that if the Capitol Hill will approve a new package of sanctions against Tehran or the bill reviewed yesterday by the Senate Committee and proposed by Robert Corker, before the deadlines set by Iran and the six mediators, he will impose a veto on these initiatives.