Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gestures as he speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Democrats in the White House and Congress accused 47 Republican senators of undermining President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations was tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran.In an open letter Monday to the leaders of Iran, the Republican senators warned that any nuclear deal the Iranians cut with Obama could expire the day he leaves the White House.Republicans worry that Iran is not negotiating in good faith and that a deal would be insufficient and unenforceable, allowing Iran to eventually become a nuclear-armed state. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif responded via state media, dismissing the letter as a "propaganda ploy" and "unprecedented and undiplomatic", noting that many international deals are "mere executive agreements". He suggested the senators were undermining not only the prospective deal with Iran but other international agreements as well. Congress obviously will want a voice in any deal with Iran, McCain told reporters, suggesting the Democrats' protests might be "a diversion from a lousy deal".
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