Secretary Of State John Kerry Defends Iran Deal After 34th Senator Announces Her Support

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

It’s clear that the Iran nuclear deal will pass through a congressional review later this month now   that 34 senators have announced their support for the international agreement that would limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for reducing foreign economic sanctions.

With guaranteed support for the agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry took the chance to lay out the case for passing the nuclear deal, which he had a significant role in creating. 

"Every threat to Israel and to our friends in the region would be more dangerous if Iran were permitted to have a nuclear weapon," Kerry said in Philadelphia. He also lauded the plan’s provisions for transparency inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by international authorities.

"If Iran did decide to cheat, its technicians would have to do more than bury a processing facility deep beneath the ground," he said.

"They would have to come up with a complete -- complete -- and completely secret nuclear supply chain: a secret source of uranium, a secret milling facility, a secret conversion facility, a secret enrichment facility. And our intelligence community and our Energy Department, which manages our nuclear program and our nuclear weapons, both agree Iran could never get away with such a deception.”

The deal became critical after Iran came within months of being able to create a nuclear weapon. 

Kerry added that this deal may have bigger implications. "The Iran agreement is not a panacea for the sectarian and extremist violence that has been ripping that region apart,” he said. "But history may judge it a turning point, a moment when the builders of stability seized the initiative from the destroyers of hope, and when we were able to show, as have generations before us, that when we demand the best from ourselves and insist that others adhere to a similar high standard. When we do that, we have immense power to shape a safer and a more humane world.”

Although the deal will pass, Kerry hopes support for the measure will become more widespread.  "We want anybody and everybody hopefully to be able to vote for it. We're going to continue to try to persuade people up to the last moment," he said. "And our hope is that that number will grow, obviously."

Sources: The Huffington Post (2) Image via UNVIE U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna/Flickr