Kerry warns of consequences if US Congress rejects Iran deal

After a speech in New York on Tuesday, Schumer said fellow Democrats understand where he stands and aren’t telling him it will affect they’re vote in the next leadership election.


President Obama defends the Iran nuclear deal.

The dispute goes to the guts of the questions that American lawmakers are contemplating as they put together to vote on the nuclear accord. In trade, Iran has agreed to a decade of robust restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and a much more intrusive inspections regime.

But Schumer, the only Democratic senator so far to publicly oppose the deal, addressed the issue Tuesday for the second time in two days, directly challenging Secretary of State Kerry’s claim that new talks aren’t possible if Congress blocks the deal.

“What happened was in both occasions, Iran went from 103 or [104] centrifuges to 19,000″, said Kerry. Permanently injured by an Iranian bomb, he said the explosion “cut me in half” and described the result as “total devastation”.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14 reached a conclusion on a lasting nuclear agreement that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force.

Some opponents of the deal have argued that if Iran will not agree to a better deal, the U.S. should unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran’s economy. The former Massachusetts senator said maintaining global sanctions against Tehran would be impossible if American allies watched Congress reject a deal they saw as fair and equitable.

The president in no uncertain terms is speaking on behalf of the leading Islamic political party in Iran and against the preservation of the United States of America, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

“By not sticking to the merits of the deal, Mr. Obama implies a lack of confidence in them”, wrote the Post’s editorial board.

He warned the consequences could be that the United States would lose its moral high ground and Israel could become isolated as European governments walk away from the sanctions.

The military leaders’ letter comes on the heels of a similar message from the nation’s scientific community mirroring its views. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information. “There’s a big bloc out there, folks, that isn’t just sitting around waiting for the United States to tell them what to do”. “If the idea is ‘at least we get them away from the bomb, ‘ no you don’t”.

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Removed from Washington, D.C., Emanuel’s involvement in the debate over the nuclear deal is limited.