Early Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama announced the finalization of the historic nuclear deal with Iran and warned members of Congress that he would veto any attempt to block it.
“I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal,” Obama said while speaking at the White House. Obama, who was joined by Vice President Joe Biden during the announcement, added that he would welcome debate over the terms of the deal.
“As Congress and the American people review this deal, it will be important to consider the alternative,” he said. “Without this deal, there is no scenario where the world joins us in sanctioning Iran until it completely dismantles its nuclear program.
“This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it."
The final deal was reached on Tuesday, and it involved the U.S., the European Union and the United Nations lifting sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations on its nuclear program, CNBC reports. The limitations would prevent Iran from continuing on its path to a nuclear weapon for at least the next decade.
Many in Congress have expressed concern over the deal, particularly the sanctions relief and terms relating to inspections. Obama acknowledged the concerns in his announcement, though he said it would be “irresponsible to walk away from this deal."
“I would remind Congress you don't make deals like this with your friends,” he said.
Congress has 60 days to review the deal and vote to accept or reject it. If Obama uses his veto, however, Congress would need a two-thirds vote to shut down the deal.
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