AIPAC urges Congress to reject Iran deal

AIPAC, the US pro-Israel lobby, on Thursday urged the Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it fails to deliver on pledges to block off Iran’s path toward developing atomic munitions.


The nuclear deal between world powers and Iran starts a new phase of intense negotiation – this time between the administration of US President Barack Obama and the Congress, where some Republicans have long been working to sink an agreement.


“We strongly believe that the alternative to this bad deal is a better deal,” the hawkish group said in a statement.


“Congress should reject this agreement, and urge the administration to work with our allies to maintain economic pressure on Iran while offering to negotiate a better deal that will truly close off all Iranian paths to a nuclear weapon.”


Any effort in Congress to overturn the deal will face an uphill fight. Republicans have majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate, but they would need the support of dozens of Obama’s fellow Democrats to sustain a “resolution of disapproval” that could cripple a deal.


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