John Kerry defends Iran deal to Congress

Many Republicans are demanding a better bargain

WASHINGTON (NBC News) – Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernist Moniz were on Capitol Hill Wednesday to sell Congress on the new nuclear agreement with Iran.

“That will prevent Iran from the potential of securing a nuclear weapon,” Kerry said. “It makes the region, our friends and allies, safer.”

Many Republicans are demanding a better bargain.

“It’s not this agreement or war,” argued Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson. “It’s this agreement or doing the right thing for the American people.”

Other lawmakers are demanding that four Americans currently being held in Iran, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, be freed before sanctions are lifted.

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