Top French official: Kerry wrong about impact of ‘no’ vote from Congress

Top French official: Kerry wrong about impact of ‘no’ vote from Congress
Peace in our time.

[Ed. – Of course, it’s erroneous to talk as if it will matter whether Congress votes down the “deal” or not.  Presidential waivers of the U.S. sanctions on Iran are baked into the JCPOA already, and Congress has no way to stop them.]

Secretary of State John Kerry has been painting an apocalyptic picture of what would happen if Congress killed the Iran nuclear deal. Among other things, he has warned that “our friends in this effort will desert us.” But the top national security official from one of those nations involved in the negotiations, France, has a totally different view: He told two senior U.S. lawmakers that he thinks a Congressional no vote might actually be helpful.

His analysis is already having an effect on how members of Congress, especially House Democrats, are thinking about the deal. …

“He [Jacques Audibert] basically said, if Congress votes this down, there will be some saber-rattling and some chaos for a year or two, but in the end nothing will change and Iran will come back to the table to negotiate again and that would be to our advantage,” [Dem. Rep. Loretta] Sanchez told me in an interview. “He thought if the Congress voted it down, that we could get a better deal.”

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