US Congress may throw wrench into Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US lawmakers are preparing a possible vote on new sanctions against Iran, a move President Barack Obama and his P5+1 partners fear could sabotage the nuclear deal reached in Geneva.
Administration officials have beaten a path to Capitol Hill in recent weeks, warning Congress against short-circuiting the delicate negotiations.
Now that the talks have borne fruit in the form of an interim accord on Teheran's nuclear program, officials are again encouraging a go-slow approach by lawmakers to allow the parties to reach a final deal.
But the public and private lobbying has not deterred many in Congress who are determined to tighten the noose on Iran's oil sector and industries like mining, construction and engineering.