By Scott Wong - 09/06/15 10:59 AM EDT
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell came out in support of President Obama’s agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, calling it a “pretty good deal.”
“My judgment after balancing those two sets of information is that it’s a pretty good deal,” Powell declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“The great concern from the opposition is that we’re leaving open a lane for Iran to create a nuclear weapon in 10 to 15 years,” he added. “The reality is that they have been on a super highway for the last 10 years to create a nuclear weapon … with no speed limit.”
Powell's position drew praise from Obama.
Thank you, Colin, for putting your experience and expertise behind this important initiative for our country. https://t.co/bSnaLMs8CU— President Obama (@POTUS) September 6, 2015
Powell represents a high-profile Republican endorsement for Obama’s nuclear agreement. The deal has no support from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who will vote to block it when lawmakers return to Washington later this week.
However, 34 Democratic senators are publicly backing the Iran agreement, giving the president enough votes to ensure the deal will overcome any GOP efforts to kill it.
--This report was updated at 1:12 p.m.