The House of Representatives of the US Congress passed an amendment prohibiting American leader Donald Trump to wage war with Iran without their approval. The New York Times reported.
The initiative was supported by 251 congressmen, against 170 representatives. A similar amendment had previously been rejected by the Senate.
The amendment is included in the draft defense budget for the fiscal year 2020, which will have to go through the procedure of approval by legislators of both chambers, after which it will go to Trump for signature. It is noted that the American leader can veto the bill.
On June 25, Trump said that Washington will respond powerfully to Iran on any attack on the Americans. According to him, in some aspects, it will mean complete destruction. Prior to that, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke about the hopelessness of the administration of the American leader and the mental retardation of the White House administration.
Relations between the US and Iran escalated a year ago. In early May 2018, Trump announced Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and the resumption of sanctions against Tehran. A new package of US restrictive measures came into force in November. The sanctions apply to the export of oil, industry, trade, and operations of the Central Bank in dollars.