While testifying before the House Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday concerning the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a response to a congressman’s question that raised red flags for some.
When Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., pressed Kerry on whether or not he would follow the “law” if Congress decided to override a presidential veto to block the Iran deal, Kerry was non-committal, TheBlaze reports.
“Will you follow the law even though you think it violates this agreement clearly and even if you think it’s absolutely terrible policy?” Sherman asked.
“I can’t begin to answer that at this point without consulting with the president and determining what the circumstances are,” Kerry responded.
“So you’re not committed to following the law?” the Democrat said.
“No, I said I’m not going to deal with a hypothetical, that’s all,” Kerry shot back.
The future of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress is uncertain, with members from both parties voicing major concerns.
The Associated Press reports that “Congress is expected to vote in September to prevent Obama from lifting sanctions imposed previously by lawmakers, a step that would likely cause Iran to walk away from the agreement.”
Obama has promised to veto any bill along those lines, meaning those opposed to the deal will need a two-thirds majority in both houses to override his objections and keep the economic sanctions in place.
In today’s hearing, California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, called the deal “a financial windfall” for Iran, “a cash bonanza, a boost to its international standing, and a lighted path toward nuclear weapons,” according to NBC News.
“This deal guts the sanctions web that is putting intense pressure on Iran. Virtually all economic, financial, and energy sanctions disappear. And where does all that money go? To the largest terror network on earth,” Royce said in his opening statement.
Royce later asked Kerry: “So when I look at this and I see that Iran’s neighbors who know it the best, trust it the least I just ask …we are presuming Iran is going to change its behavior?”
“No we’re not,” Kerry responded.
Apart from Royce, the panel’s senior Democrat expressed reservations about the plan. Rep. Eliot Engel of New York said he has “serious questions and concerns about this deal.”
“Engel is a strong supporter of Israel, which vociferously opposes the deal. Iran has said it wants to wipe out Israel,” according to the Blaze.
As reported by Western Journalism, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called the deal a “stunning, historic mistake.” The Israeli leader listed three troubling aspects of the agreement in an interview with NBC News:
- It lifts economic sanctions against the rogue regime, allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to flow into Iran.
- It keeps Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place.
- It gives Iran 24 days to respond to any inspection of facilities by the U.N.
Congress began its 60 day review of the deal on July 20.
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