March 16, 2015 | Quote

Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval.

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and top negotiator, suggested in a recent interview that the U.N. Security Council should be responsible for approving any agreement reached between Western powers and Tehran over its nuclear program, a proposal that the Obama administration entertained on Thursday.

“Iran and the administration both know that the deal they are forging is not acceptable to the U.S. Congress and probably to the next administration,” said Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). “As a result, both Iran and the administration are trying to come up with creative ways to bypass the Congress and check mates the future presidents.”

“The latest creative solution Iran came up with is to seal the deal by a U.N. Security Council resolution,” he said. “This is another sign that the deal we are talking about is a bad deal for the West and a good deal for the Islamic regime in Iran.”

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