(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) US President Barack Obama secured a victory on the Iranian nuclear agreement on Wednesday after he garnered enough votes to ensure that the deal will survive in Congress despite strong opposition from the Republican Party.
Hours after the 34th senator, the number required to sustain a veto, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland guaranteed her approval of the deal, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on the integrity of the deal.
Kerry described the deal as "unprecedented and "unique", highlighting that "29 top nuclear physicist and Nobel prize winners congratulated the President for a technically sound, stringent, and innovative deal." "Gulf leaders share our profound concerns about Iran's policies in the Middle East but they are also alarmed about Iran's nuclear program. We must and we will respond on both fronts," Kerry acknowledged.
"We are determined that our Gulf friends will have the political and military support they need," he continued.
The US Secretary also acknowledged plans to address "ballistic missile defense on the Arabian peninsula, engage in large scale military exercises, and "deepen cooperation and support by the threat posed to them, us, and all civilization by the forces of international terrorism." Kerry asserted that the clear elements of the agreement will last for the lifetime of Iran's nuclear program.
"Without this agreement the IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency, would not have unrestricted access to Iran's nuclear facility. With this agreement the IAEA can go wherever the evidence leads," Kerry said.
"Through these steps and other we will maintain international pressure on Iran," he reiterated.
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