The Guardian - Kerry said: “It’s hard to conceive of a quicker or more self-destructive blow to our nation’s credibility and leadership” than a vote against the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The secretary of state sought to dispel what he described as myths about the July deal which he said had begun to circulate “even before the ink was dry”.
At the top of his list was the belief that the agreement was based on trust.
“There is a not a single sentence or paragraph in this whole agreement that depends on promises or trust. Not one,” Kerry said. Instead, he insisted, Iranian compliance would be monitored by an unprecedented and hi-tech surveillance regimen installed by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Mikulski said she was convinced that the agreement blocked all four possible pathways to a nuclear bomb and created “the most robust and extensive verification system ever provided” by the IAEA.
“The conditions for the lifting of sanctions are strict and verifiable, and with continued international support, sanctions could snap back,” Mikulski said. “The lifting of the sanctions comes more quickly than I would like, and snapback will require continued international support. But after considering the alternatives, I will support this agreement.”
The 34-senator milestone represents a resounding defeat for efforts by the Republicans and the Israeli government to derail the agreement, but it is by no means the end of the political struggle.