Kerry dismisses critics of Iran deal: 'They don't have an alternative'
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Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySeinfeld's Jason Alexander compares Trump dance video to iconic Elaine dance This time, for Democrats, Catholics matter President's job approval is surest sign Trump will lose reelection MORE dismissed critics of the Iran deal on Friday, as the administration begins a tough sell to Congress and the American people after agreeing to lift sanctions in exchange for rollbacks of the country’s nuclear program.

“This is the most extreme and intrusive inspection structure of an arms control agreement. We have entirely new mechanisms to be able to gain access, to be able to inspect, to hold accountable what is happening in the years ahead,” Kerry said in an interview with ABC News.


“Those people who criticize it like that, they don't have an alternative."

Iran and the negotiating countries — the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia and France — announced a framework for a deal Thursday afternoon after months of negotiations in Switzerland. The deal would place a number of restrictions on Iran, including dismantling two-thirds of its centrifuges, restricting its enrichment capacity, and monitoring its nuclear sites and supply chain.

But many in Congress, including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), remain skeptical that the deal would accomplish its aims.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, long a critic of the negotiations, also slammed the terms on Twitter as a “bad deal that would endanger Israel, Middle East and the peace of the world.”

Involved parties have to hammer out the specifics of a deal by June 30 or risk everything falling apart. Kerry told ABC that failure is certainly still an option but painted the negotiations as the best place to “make the world safer.”

"Of course it could,” Kerry told ABC when asked if the deal may still fall apart. “What we did was open a window to a possibility."

Asked about Iran touting certain aspects of the deal as a win, Kerry said on CNN's "Situation Room," "They will have a narrative that is different from ours, obviously."

"I think it would be very irresponsible to make politics trump facts, science and the realities of what is possible here," Kerry said of new potential congressional sanctions.

"New sanctions now would clearly be unnecessary given what we've been able to achieve," Kerry told CBS News when asked if new sanctions would torpedo talks.

— Jesse Byrnes contributed. Updated at 9:06 a.m.