Can one answer 'Amen' to Birkas Kohanim when in the middle of Psukei Zemira of Shacharis, and the Tzibbur has already reached repetition of Shemonei Esrei?

There is a permitted-interruption guide in the back of siddur which does permit answering "Amen" to most blessings but the question is whether Birkas Kohanim is in the category of 'most blessings'.

I am referring to the daily weekday or Shabbos Shacharis, when Birkas Kohanim is said by the leader and not the Kohanim.

  • I realize it's not necessarily indicative, but birkas kohanim is one of the very few b'rachos mandated by the Torah, so one might expect it to be included in "most blessings" whose recitation calls for interruption. Also, I believe there is a note on Rav Soloveitchik's practice regarding responding to birkas kohanim in general in the Koren (Soloveitchik) machzor. – WAF Oct 6 '13 at 12:54
  • I believe that one interrupts even one's own amidah to respond to bircat Kohanim, including when the accepted response is "kein y'hi ratzon" (most nuschaot). – Noach MiFrankfurt Aug 25 '14 at 21:04

According to a more detailed chart found on the back of a Chabad siddur, one does not answer the "birkat kohanim" of the chazan during Pesukei Dezimra, but as you can see below, one does answer a real birkat kohanim:

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