Secretary of State John Kerry says if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. won’t be able to prevent allies from doing business with Tehran.
Speaking to a New York crowd, Kerry tried to counter Republican claims that a better agreement can be reached. That argument would entail the U.S. maintaining or increasing pressure on Iran by threatening foreign governments and businesses with penalties for doing business with Tehran.
Kerry says that idea is far-fetched.
“Are you kidding?” he asks.
He says European countries wouldn’t cooperate with U.S. sanctions, and would walk away from separate U.S.-led penalties against Russia.
He says the dollar would lose its status as the world’s reserve currency, and allies wouldn’t support U.S. military action against Iran if Congress was responsible for breaking the deal.