Secretary of State John Kerry did an interview with the Huffington Post Sept. 3 to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the nuclear energy deal recently negotiated with Iran.
While Kerry discussed some of the specifics and statistics of the deal, he continually voiced his confidence that the American public would come around to support the deal.
“The fact is, a lot of polls show that the country actually supports it, and that’s a fairly even divide. I think that’s pretty good, considering the amount of money that’s spent with myths being promulgated,” Kerry said.
“If Iran destroys its Arak plutonium reactor core, filing it with cement, and it exists no longer, and Arak dismantles two-thirds of their centrifuges and is no longer enriching, and it lowers its stockpile to 300 kilograms, and it is only enriching to 3.67 percent and it has done everything it would do to live up to the agreement,” Kerry said, “(then) if a new president came in and said, ‘Oh, I’m going to (end the deal),' that would be absurd.
“The country will be 90 percent supportive by that point in time, because they will see that it is in fact working, and it has eliminated the threat of a nuclear weapon in the Middle East."
Kerry also criticized Republican presidential candidates for saying that they would nullify the deal during their first days in the White House.
“I cannot see a president willfully taking the United Nations, five other nations who supported us in this negotiation and saying, ‘Sorry, we’re just going to walk away from this and create a more dangerous situation in the Middle East,'" he said. "I just don’t see that happening."
Kerry also responded to critics' fears that Iran may not stick to the agreement.
“If they were to do that (go against the agreement), it’s their problem because we will hold them accountable to this agreement, and if they break or in any way give us pause to think that they are pursuing a nuclear weapon, we have every option available to us then that we have today,” Kerry said.
Members of Congress will begin debating the deal on Sept. 17. The White House will likely succeed in blocking bipartisan opposition; so far, 34 Democratic Senators have stated their intentions to vote with the President in blocking any attempt to override an expected veto.
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