Kerry on Iran deal: 'Plan A' will succeed

Kerry on Iran deal: 'Plan A' will succeed
© Francis Rivera

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Kerry9/11 and US-China policy: The geopolitics of distraction Australia's duty to the world: Stop mining coal Overnight Energy & Environment — Effort to repeal Arctic refuge drilling advances 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 McCain20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements 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 FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots 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