Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:43AM
The US Senate
The US Senate

Earlier this week, 47 Republican senators signed an open letter warning the Islamic Republic of Iran that a nuclear deal being negotiated with the United States and other countries might only remain in place while President Barack Obama was in office.

The letter has drawn strong criticism from the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, who have dismissed it as a GOP effort to sabotage the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- which have now entered a sensitive final stage.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Americans have signed a petition to the White House demanding treason charges against the 47 Republican senators who signed the controversial letter.

Tehran has dismissed the GOP move as a publicity stunt that has no legal value. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was ironic that members of the US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own president.