Despite years of intensive negotiations, lawmakers could “kill” the agreement that world powers and Iran brokered in July, the White House said Wednesday as it seeks additional support from lawmakers.
“Congress does have the capacity to kill this agreement,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, saying lawmakers could effectively undermine the agreement by refusing to allow President Barack Obama to lift sanctions.
“They'll refuse to allow the United States to implement an international agreement that basically the rest of the world has signed off on,” Earnest said.
Iran agreed to allow unprecedented inspections and curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions that have stymied the Islamic Republic’s economy.
Congress will return to Washington early next month before a Sept. 17 deadline to vote on the pact.