Iran Nuclear Deal Intact, Local Expert Weighs In
WASHINGTON, D.C.–President Obama now has the 34 Senate votes needed to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact.
Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring at the end of her term, announced her support this Wednesday morning.
34 is the number required by the Constitution to uphold a Presidential veto.
The President is expected to veto a Republican resolution to disapprove of the pact.
Experts say the administration only needs one chamber to sustain its veto and President Obama says the deal will lift economic sanctions action Iran and limit Iran’s nuclear program.
“Critics tell us over and over again, you can’t trust Iran, well, guess what there is not a single sentence, not a single paragraph in this whole agreement that depends on promises or trust. Not one. The arrangement that we worked out with Tehran is based exclusively on verification and proof,” Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry says the administration hopes to gain even more congressional support for the deal ahead of a congressional vote expected later this month.
Meanwhile, local experts say the deal is good all around.
“Iran is a country that`s had a long and antagonistic relationship with the United States so the effort to ensure that Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon is something that is very important to all Americans and really to all people in the world,” says Drake University Associate Law Professor Tony Gaughan.
Gaughan says the Iran nuclear deal isn’t about mending relationships between the U.S. and Iran but rather keeping an eye on the country and monitoring its activity.
“This nuclear deal is not intended to improve the American relationship with Iran but rather to ensure Iran doesn`t get a nuclear weapon, so the United States and our allies can have some degree of confidence that Iran will not be able to pose a greater threat than it already does.”
Gaughan says there is a real chance Iran could breach the agreement but the deal allows the United States to have advanced warning if Iran decides to do so.
He says the deal isn’t based on trust but rather allowing the United States and its allies a way to monitor and encourage Iran to not restart its nuclear program.