Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert A. Manning writes for Global Times on how the nuclear deal with Iran could herald deeper Sino-US cooperation:
Now comes the hard part. Having defied many predictions that the P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear program would fail to reach an agreement, now we move to the approval and implementation phase.
A skeptical US Congress must vote on the Iran deal in September. Republicans are vehemently against the accord, and even some Democrats, fearful of Iran’s threat to Israel, are reluctant to support Obama.
But to reject the Iran deal, Congress needs a two-thirds majority to avoid a presidential veto, which Barack Obama has promised if the accord is rejected. While the vote is expected to be close, it is likely that Congress will fall short of the 67 percent majority required for the treaty to be rejected.