Key US Democrats object to new Republican Iran eal measure

By REUTERS
September 17, 2015 00:58

WASHINGTON - US Senators Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin, senior Democrats who oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, will vote against a Republican effort to require new conditions before President Barack Obama could lift any sanctions under the deal, aides said on Wednesday.

After Senate Democrats twice blocked a disapproval resolution meant to kill the nuclear agreement, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced amendments to the measure that would bar Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist and releases American prisoners.

Democrats have argued for months that the agreement should not be tied to non-nuclear issues.


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