Combat vet Tom Cotton challenges Iranian over Obama nuclear deal: Bring it on, coward!

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton challenged Iran’s foreign minister to a debate Wednesday after the Iranian told an international group that Congress will ultimately have no say over any potential deal between the United States and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program.


Cotton eviscerated the foreign minister in just four tweets — 560 characters or less — and called him a coward in the process.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the an audience at New York University that once a final nuclear deal has been struck, President Obama will be compelled lift sanctions imposed on Iran by Congress, Bloomberg View reported.

“As a foreign government, I only deal with the U.S. government. I do not deal with Congress,” Zarif said, according to Bloomberg. “The responsibility of bringing that into line falls on the shoulders of the president of the United States. That’s the person with whom we are making an agreement.”

He claimed that if the parties came to an agreement by the June 30 deadline, the United Nations Security Council would immediately lift its sanctions against Iran, and that Obama would have no choice but to do the same.

“He will have to stop implementing all the sanctions, economic and financial sanctions that have been executive order and congressional. However he does it, that’s his problem,” Zarif said. “The resolution will endorse the agreement, will terminate all previous resolutions including all sanctions, will set in place the termination of EU sanctions and the cessation of applications of all U.S. sanctions.”

Zarif also used the opportunity to call out Cotton by name, stating that the United States would be required to endorse a U.N. resolution ending sanctions against Iran “whether Senator Cotton likes it or not.”

That statement was in reference to Cotton’s open letter to Iran, signed by an additional 46 GOP senators, cautioning Iran that the United States has to abide by its constitution and that sanctions put in place by Congress can only be removed by Congress.

Cotton was having none of it. The Army veteran, who served as a platoon leader in Iraq, called the Iranian a coward for dodging military service in his country during its war with Iraq in the 1980s.

Twitter users were all too ready to start popping corn in preparation for a Cotton-Zarif debate:

But at least one thought Zarif would never take Cotton up on the proposal — and offered a reason why:

H/T: Twitchy

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