Obama: House vote shows support for Iran deal is growing

Obama: House vote shows support for Iran deal is growing
# 12 September 2015 03:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. US President Barack Obama has said that the largely symbolic House’s vote on the Iran nuclear deal is indicative of the increasing support for the accord, APA reports quoting Press TV.

On Friday, the Republican-dominated US House of Representatives has rejected the Iran agreement overwhelmingly, in a vote that was sharply along party lines.

The House voted against approving the Iran agreement by 162 to 269 votes, with 25 Democratic lawmakers joining Republicans in an attempt to show the lack of support the deal has in the House.

The House also passed a measure by a vote of 247 to 186 that would prevent Obama from removing nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Iran.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached between Iran and the P5+1 -- the US, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany -- in July in Vienna, Austria, ended a long stalemate over Iran’s nuclear talks.

The US and its allies have, for long, accused Iran of wanting to develop nuclear weapons, a claim Tehran has always rejected as baseless.

On Friday, Obama called the House move “the latest indication that the more members have studied the historic deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the more they have come out in support of it.”

“As we conclude the most consequential national security debate since the decision to invade Iraq, I am gratified that the lawmakers, led by Democratic leader Pelosi, who have taken care to judge the deal on the merits are joining our allies and partners around the world in taking steps that will allow for the implementation of this long-term, comprehensive deal,” the president said in a statement after the vote.

Obama said that “we must turn to the critical work of implementing and verifying this deal,” adding, “In doing so, we’ll write the latest chapter of American leadership in the pursuit of a safer, more hopeful world.”

The deal’s opponents in Congress would not succeed in rejecting the Iran deal because they would not be able to gather the two-thirds majority they needed in both chambers to override Obama’s promised veto of a disapproval resolution.

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