WASHINGTON — The State Department transmitted to Congress on Sunday the nuclear agreement the United States and five other world powers struck with Iran.
That move means the 60-day clock for lawmakers to review the deal — which Republicans have already criticized — starts on Monday.
Secretary of State John Kerry defended the agreement alongside Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Sunday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper for “State of the Union.”
“The fact is that the real fear of that region should be that you don’t have the deal. If Congress doesn’t pass this, if Congress were to kill this, then we have no inspections, we have no sanctions, we have no ability to negotiate,” Kerry said.
“Because I assure you, the ayatollah — if the United States arbitrarily and unilaterally kills this — you’re not going to have another negotiation,” he said. “And they will feel free to go do the very things that this prevents.”
Republican presidential candidates have said they’d undo President Barack Obama’s Iran deal.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday on “State of the Union” that he’d revoke the national security waiver under which Obama is implementing the deal, effectively re-instituting U.S. sanctions against Iran.
“We will not use the national security waiver to hold back U.S. sanctions against Iran — especially not as a result of this flawed deal that he is pursuing,” Rubio said.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told CNN’s Dana Bash that he would rip up the agreement on “Day 1” of his presidency.