Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hit all five major morning news shows Sunday to sell the administration’s deal aimed at blocking Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The interviews, taped Friday at the White House, were quickly countered by Republicans. And even two prime ministers joined the fray: Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his disapproval for the agreement, while Britain’s David Cameron argued for it.
Kerry, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” made clear the administration believed it got the best possible deal by extending Iran’s “breakout” time to 10 years,” noting Iran already highly enriched uranium for 10 to 12 bombs in 2009.
”They had it,” Kerry said. “That’s what Barack Obama was dealt as a hand when he came in, 19,000 centrifuges already spinning, a country that had already mastered the fuel cycle, a country that already was threshold, in the sense that they are only two months away from breakout.”
Cameron, appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” said the U.S. and its negotiating partners didn’t expect massive changes in Iranian behavior following the deal, but the West needs to push Iran to stop sponsoring terrorism.