In what it seen as an act of undercutting foreign policy, 47 Republican senators had sent an open letter addressing the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” and warning them of the US agreement reaching invalidity if it does not undergo legislative approval.
According to The New York Times, Iran reacted scornfully, “In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy,” Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister for Iran, said, adding, “It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.”
The letter is unlikely to have an impact on the future of the agreement, although it can be more difficult to blame Iran should negotiation fail. “The problem is if there is not an agreement, the perception of who is at fault is critically important to our ability to maintain pressure, and this type of thing would likely be used by the Iranians in that scenario,” said an American official.
President Obama’s disgust was apparent when he told reporters, “It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran.”
He added, “It’s an unusual coalition.”