A letter sent by 47 US senators to Iranian negotiators has been openly decried by Iran’s chief foreign policy representative. Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, lambasted the letter as lacking in any legal value and as a “propaganda ploy.” Zarif went on to note that the letter is unprecedented in diplomatic history, and a sign that certain political sectors within the United States are concerned that a peaceful deal could be made, adding that the senators in question considered peace an “existential threat.”
The decision to send an open letter to Iran was openly criticized not only by Zarif and by Obama administration officials, but by a former Bush administration official, who clarified that power to make a deal with Iran is invested in the executive branch, not in the legislative. Any deal made with Iran will include more than two signatories, and will also be endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.
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