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Kerry on Iran deal: 'Plan A' will succeed

Kerry on Iran deal: 'Plan A' will succeed
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Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEconomic growth in Africa will not be achieved by a blanket ban on fossil fuels Biden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine MORE said on Tuesday that he believes the White House will succeed in implementing the Iran nuclear deal despite Republican opposition.

In response to a journalist's question about what the administration would do if Congress succeeds with killing the deal, Kerry said at a discussion hosted by Reuters in New York that he was not prepared to speak about Plan B.

"We're going to be successful with Plan A," he said.

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Kerry's optimism echoes that of other administration officials who predict there will be enough support in Congress to implement the deal, which would lift sanctions in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear program.

Republicans plan to pass a joint resolution of disapproval against the deal in September that would prevent U.S. sanctions on Iran's nuclear program from being lifted and prevent the deal from being implemented.  

The president needs 34 Democrats in the Senate to sustain a veto of that resolution. 

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFormer Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute We need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in GOP targets Manchin, Sinema, Kelly on Becerra MORE (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution, but he is less sure on getting enough support to override the president's veto. 

"We’ll have 60 easily," he said Monday on the "Hugh Hewitt Show." "The question then, is when do we get to 67 and then that’s where we got to put the pressure on it." 

Over the weekend, fellow Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (R) predicted that the president will have enough votes to sustain a veto. 

Of the 34 Democratic senators that Obama will need to sustain a veto, 18 have endorsed the deal, and 28 are still undecided, according to The Hill's whip list