Rouhani: Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with U.S. Congress

APRIL 15, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) (Agence France Presse) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani downplayed Wednesday the threat of U.S. congressional action against an eventual nuclear deal, saying Tehran is not negotiating with the lawmakers but with world powers.

“We do not negotiate with the U.S. Senate; we do not negotiate with the U.S. House of Representatives,” Rouhani in a speech in the northern city of Rasht. “We are negotiating with a group called the P5+1.”

“What the American Senate says, what the U.S. House of Representatives wants, what the hardliners in the U.S. are after, what U.S. mercenaries say in the region, has got nothing to do with our nation or our government,” he added.

Rouhani asked the great powers for a “dignified” agreement and “respect for the Iranian nation,” assuring that Tehran was “flexible” in negotiations.

On April 2, the sides reached a framework agreement for a deal. They are expected to resume talks Tuesday on reaching a final accord by June 30.