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Kerry, Moniz push Iran nuclear deal
US Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, left, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry wait for the start of a trilateral meeting at an hotel in Lausanne Saturday, March 28, 2015. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry, Moniz push Iran nuclear deal

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.

Source: Kerry, Moniz push Iran nuclear deal – Kevin Robillard – POLITICO