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Backing away from Iran nuclear accord by US 'historic mistake'

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:2AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz have warned Congress not to make a "historic mistake" by rejecting Iran's nuclear program accord.

"For the United States to back away from this deal would be a historic mistake," they wrote in an article published in the Washington Post on Wednesday.

"We would be isolated from our partners, face an unraveling sanctions regime and give Iran the unconstrained ability to push ahead with its nuclear program," they added.

The two American officials strongly defended the conclusion of Iran nuclear talks that happened in Vienna on July 14 after about two years of intensive negotiations.

Kerry and Moniz also mentioned "the deal reached in Vienna this month is not only the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, it is the only durable and viable option for achieving this goal."

They said this comprehensive diplomatic resolution has the unified support of the world's leading powers.

"It extends the time Iran would need to develop a nuclear weapon, provides strong verification measures that give us ample time to respond if Iran chooses that path, and takes none of our options off the table," they wrote.

However, the top US officials noted that sanctions and military action cannot guarantee that Iran would not seek a nuclear weapon and the solution is "the comprehensive diplomatic deal reached in Vienna."

Congress is reviewing the recent agreement between Tehran and the six world powers after receiving it over the weekend. Congress is set to vote to approve or disapprove the accord.

Republicans have expressed their opposition to the deal and some Democrats might join them.

On Wednesday, Kerry, Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew briefed lawmakers about the agreement in two separate meetings.

They will speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner said he would do 'everything possible' to stop the nuclear agreement.

'Here in the House, the people's priorities continue to be our priorities,' he said on Wednesday. 'While the president's Iran deal may have been applauded at the United Nations, I think he faces serious skepticism here at home.'

The United Nations Security Council endorsed the agreement earlier this week.

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