Lawmakers against it, most (but not all) of whom are Republicans, have threatened to sink the deal by passing a congressional resolution of disapproval, the Huffington Post writes. In return, sanctions against the country would be relieved.
Meanwhile, the president has promised to veto any action taken by Congress to block the deal. “There is no trust here”. We have verification procedures down pat. Over the past few weeks, he’s heard from state residents, Jewish leaders and national experts, including U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer and former Ambassador William Luers.
The Ohio Democrat’s decision is significant because it puts President Barack Obama closer to thwarting GOP efforts to kill the agreement.
AIPAC said the Obama administration is peddling inaccuracies about the pro-Israel lobby’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. And if the deal is rejected by America the Iranians could have a nuclear weapon within a year.
Critics of the deal claim that Tehran can secretly continue to develop nuclear weapons but Kerry stressed that it is impossible.
On Tuesday, three Democratic House members from California – Lois Capps, Mark Takano and Doris Matsui – announced they would vote for the Iran deal. “Today Iran is a so-called nuclear threshold state”, Moniz said. It can use its non-weapons nuclear materials and facilities for electricity and related research.
Among the reasons Schumer cited for his opposition, he did not like that Iran could delay inspections of so-called undeclared sites for up to 24 days. Moniz said even if inspectors were prevented from accessing the site for the full time period, they would still be able to detect nuclear material.
So I’m not sure which is worse – that violations of the arms embargo and the missile program won’t trigger the snapback process or the snapback process itself. First, inspections are not “anywhere, anytime”; the 24-day delay before we can inspect is troubling.
Kerry: “Can you imagine if we walk away with a deal what it’s going to be like when I go in as secretary of state to somebody and say, ‘Hey, by the way, you guys really ought to help us with the sanctions“.
The war of words over the Iran Deal is escalating tonight. “The option is keeping the sanctions in place, and in fact, even strengthening the sanctions“. “But many countries are ‘chafing” under the present worldwide financial arrangements, referring to the discomfort faced by many U.S. allies with regard to sanctions on Iran.
“I have deep concerns about the agreement“, Portman said earlier this week.
Proponents, including the White House, say it effectively prevents Iran from building a nuclear bomb by blocking potential paths to its creation, and requiring global inspectors be allowed to monitor a number of sites.