Secretary of State John Kerry had a blunt response Monday to U.S. lawmakers’ outcry over the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous endorsement of a resolution on the Iran deal: The rest of the world isn’t subject to the U.S. Congress.
That’s unlikely to pacify U.S. lawmakers, who had written to President Barack Obama last week asking him to postpone the U.N. vote until after a 60-day congressional review period mandated by U.S. law. They argued the administration’s rush to go to the U.N. first was an end run around the legislation passed overwhelmingly in May with bipartisan support. Kerry said on Monday that the agreement he helped negotiate actually creates a longer 90-day window for the U.N. to wait before the deal is implemented.
“We actually got our colleagues in sovereign countries, who have no obligation to the Congress, to agree to accept 90 days of no implementation of the resolution they voted on today,” Kerry said. “But frankly, some of these other countries were quite resistant to the idea as sovereign nations that they are subject to the U.S. Congress. So we worked out a compromise … in a way that fully protects the prerogative of the U.S. Congress.”