Kerry Warns Congress Not To ‘Screw’ Iranian Leader
In an interview with The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg published Wednesday, an especially “feisty” Secretary of State John Kerry warned Congress that it better not “screw” the Iranian supreme leader.
If the U.S. Congress dared to thwart his Iran deal, said Kerry, the ayatollah would lose confidence in the U.S. and never return to the negotiation table:
“The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them,” Kerry said. “This”—a congressional rejection—“will be the ultimate screwing.” He went on to argue that “the United States Congress will prove the ayatollah’s suspicion, and there’s no way he’s ever coming back. He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America. America is not going to negotiate in good faith. It didn’t negotiate in good faith now, would be his point.”
Kerry also called the deal “as pro-Israel as it gets” in part because it would allow both sides to discuss Iran’s activities in the Middle East in the future. Kerry explained that the chief Iranian negotiator promised him that if he could push the deal through, he’d be “empowered” to work with him on “regional issues”. More