Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress could hurt Iran talks

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:29 PM

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

"Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance," said Representative Nancy Pelosi during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual retreat for Democratic lawmakers.

But Pelosi stopped short of saying that the invitation to Netanyahu should be withdrawn by House Speaker John Boehner.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan and David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)