Iranian Foreign Minister Pens A Scathing Reply To Republican Lawmakers

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The foreign minister branded Republican letter "a propaganda ploy" that is "unprecedented in diplomatic history."

Javad Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has officially responded to the Republican lawmakers’ open letter regarding the nuclear negotiations between the presidents of the two countries. The letter bore the initials of 47 U.S senators, and was apparently written to “enrich” Iranian government’s knowledge about the American constitution.

The open letter also hinted that the next American president could, "with the stroke of a pen," revoke any agreement with Iran that is not approved by Congress, as it’s necessary for two-thirds of the Congress to endorse it.

Zarif took a rather passive aggressive approach in his third-person response – which also serves as the government’s official statement – and “expressed astonishment that some members of U.S. Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own president and administration.”

He also wrote that the lawmakers should learn more about international laws.

“In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. 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 read. “This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content.”

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Javad Zarif also hoped that his comments will “enrich the knowledge of the authors to recognize that according to international law, Congress may not modify the terms of the agreement at any time as they claim.” He wrote that  if Congress gets in the way of the deal’s implementation, it will be accountable for committing a material breach.

"I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by U.S. domestic law,” he added. "I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.”

Perhaps the Republicans do feel threatened by the negotiations, because the open letter came as the leaders of the United States, Iran and the six world powers are working together to reach an agreement about Tehran's nuclear program.

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