Republicans may not support Obama’s emerging Iran deal

Senate Republicans said they were unimpressed by the Iranian nuclear negotiations over the weekend, saying the talks with six world powers were merely buying more time for Iran to continue enriching uranium, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) mocked the negotiations, which European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the lead negotiator for six world powers, had called „constructive.“ “I think it’s a wonderful turn of events. Now they’re talking and then they’re going to talk some more,” McCain told reporters sarcastically Tuesday. “I am exuberant actually that they are going to talk some more.”

McCain’s statement is important as it indicates that the Obama administration may have a tough time passing any easing of sanctions on Iran through an unwilling Republican Congress. If Iran does make concessions in its talks with world powers, the U.S. administration will presumably have to relax sanctions on the Islamic Republic, and to do that, it will need Republican support.

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