U.S. Congress May Have Little Say On Iran Nuke Deal

U.S. lawmakers are furious that President Barack Obama circumvented Congress to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, but even if Congress votes down the deal, it will be extremely difficult to repeal it, experts said.

Earlier this month, Obama made an unprecedented nuclear deal with Iran, circumventing Congress and going to the United Nations Security Council, which backed the deal last Monday, infuriating U. S. lawmakers on both sides of the isle.

U.S. lawmakers even a few in Obama's own Democratic party - were livid that the U.S. president gave the UN the first say on the deal, before handing it over to Congress to perform its 60 day review of the agreement. Top House Foreign Affairs Committee's Democrat Representative Eliot Engel said he was "disappointed", in a joint statement with the committee's Republican Chairman Ed Royce, that the UN Security Council voted before U.S. Congress was able to "fully review and act on this agreement."

While U.S. Congress can reject the nuclear deal, and keep sanctions on Iran, Obama still can veto such an action as he promised. It would take two-thirds of Congress to overturn that veto, which experts said is unlikely to achieve.

"It's going to be very hard for the next president to undo it, let alone put those sanctions back in place, which took them ten years to put in place in the first place," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at GlobalPost 

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