The PJ Tatler

354 Members Of U.S. House Urge Kerry To Toughen Up On Iran Nuclear Talks

“Wake up, John.”

Hundreds of U.S. lawmakers pressed Secretary of State John Kerry to lean harder on Iran in talks over its nuclear program in a letter released on Thursday after Israel warned Washington not to go easy on Tehran.

Three hundred and fifty-four members – four-fifths – of the U.S. House of Representatives signed the letter sent to Kerry on Wednesday night, expressing concerns that an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program might not require sufficiently strict inspections of its nuclear facilities.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Sept. 5 that Iran had failed to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research by an agreed deadline.

Finally, something with overwhelming bipartisan support. Whether that will be enough to get Kerry to stop his laser-like focus on climate change as our greatest threat remains to be seen. Once someone has slipped into that kind of detachment from reality it’s often difficult to bring him back.

It is comforting to see so many U.S. lawmakers paying attention to Benjamin Netanyahu, a leader who does attend his security briefings.