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 Forbes KerryKentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' The enemy of my enemy is my friend — an alliance that may save the Middle East Democratic governors fizzle in presidential race 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.


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 McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death 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 FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument 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