John Kerry 'is delusional' says McCain and is likely trying to sell Americans 'a bill of goods' when it comes to Iran nuclear deal

  • Kerry 'is delusional' if he expected to claim the Iranians agreed to the phased lifting of sanctions when they didn't and get away with it, he said
  • Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain was responding to Iran saying there would be no formal pact unless sanctions relief is 'instant' 
  • 'I think John Kerry tried to come back and sell a bill of goods, hoping maybe that the Iranians wouldn’t say much about it,' GOP lawmaker said
  • 'At best, Iran agreed to disagree with the United States on key nuclear weapons-related issues and to continue talks,' another GOP senator said
  • Another  said 'the Ayatollah and President Obama appear to be talking about two separate agreements...unfortunately, I can’t say I’m surprised'

By Francesca Chambers For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:08 GMT, 10 April 2015 | Updated: 18:46 GMT, 10 April 2015

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Secretary of State John Kerry 'is delusional' if he expected to claim the Iranians agreed to the phased lifting of sanctions as part of a nuclear deal when they didn't and get away with it, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain.

'I think John Kerry tried to come back and sell a bill of goods, hoping maybe that the Iranians wouldn’t say much about it,' the Republican lawmaker told radio host Hugh Hewitt during his Thursday program.

McCain, responding to the supreme leader of Iran's proclamation yesterday that there would be no formal pact unless sanctions relief is 'instant,' said he had 'sympathy' for Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, because Kerry 'must have known' what the perimeters were for a long-term accord 'and yet chose to interpret it in another way.'

Secretary of State John Kerry 'is delusional' if he expected to claim the Iranians agreed to the phased lifting of sanctions as part of a nuclear deal when they didn't and get away with it, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain

Secretary of State John Kerry 'is delusional' if he expected to claim the Iranians agreed to the phased lifting of sanctions as part of a nuclear deal when they didn't and get away with it, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain

Kerry, is flanked here by President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the bilateral meeting between President Obama and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela today in Panama City, Panama. The Obama administration is in Panama to attend the VII Summit of the Americas

Kerry, is flanked here by President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the bilateral meeting between President Obama and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela today in Panama City, Panama. The Obama administration is in Panama to attend the VII Summit of the Americas

Backed into a corner by reporters, the White House on Monday revealed that negotiators left Switzerland last week without coming to an agreement about the pace at which sanctions would be removed. 

The administration had stated in a fact sheet that nuclear-related sanctions would be 'suspended' if Iran complied with the terms of the deal. The president said in a live statement they would be 'phased' out over time. 

The framework, however, he said would remain in place so sanctions could be snapped back into place if need be.

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, immediately cast a cloud over the United State's assertions, pointing out that the statement released by the United States' negotiating partners made no reference to either the gradual lifting of sanctions. 

Zarif indicated that his country was under the interpretation was that sanctions would be 'terminated.'

Barraged with questions at his Monday briefing about who was lying - the U.S. or Iran - White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated that the timing of sanctions relief remained a topic of discussion - a major revelation given the dispute's potential for derailing a written agreement.

Khamenei reaffirmed on Thursday his country's vow not to sign an agreement unless negotiators kowtow to Iran's demands and promise the 'instant annulment of all sanction,' according to a translation. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani similarly said, 'We will not sign any agreement, unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the first day of the implementation of the deal.'

Khamenei further stated Iran would not allow an 'unconventional inspection or monitoring.'

'Foreign monitoring on #Iran's security isn’t allowed,' he said on Twitter.

Responding to the supreme leader of Iran's announcement yesterday that there would be no formal pact unless sanctions relief is 'instant,' McCain, above, said he had 'sympathy' for Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, because Kerry 'must have known' what the perimeters were for a long-term accord 'and yet chose to interpret it in another way'

Responding to the supreme leader of Iran's announcement yesterday that there would be no formal pact unless sanctions relief is 'instant,' McCain, above, said he had 'sympathy' for Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, because Kerry 'must have known' what the perimeters were for a long-term accord 'and yet chose to interpret it in another way'

McCain ripped into former colleague Kerry on Hewitt's radio show for mischaracterizing preliminary talks with Iran.

'It’s probably in black and white that the Ayatollah is probably right,' McCain said. 'John Kerry is delusional.'

Continuing, the Arizona senator said, 'I think you’re going to find out that they had never agreed to the things that John Kerry claimed that they had.'

'So in a way, I can’t blame the Ayatollah, because I don’t think they ever agreed to it.' 

Republican Senator Mark Kirk on Thursday said, 'It’s increasingly clear that Iran, in fact, failed to reach agreement with the United States and its partners on a political framework that addresses all parameters of a comprehensive agreement.

'At best, Iran agreed to disagree with the United States on key nuclear weapons-related issues and to continue talks,' the Illinois lawmaker said. 

McCain told Hewitt Kerry's behavior 'reveals that a number of things' about his 'negotiating capabilities and also his candor with the American people.'

He also said he believes Senate Republicans are 'extremely close' to winning enough Democrats' support to push through a veto-proof bill giving Congress the power to review the formal deal with Iran that is scheduled to materialize by June 30. 

Khamenei further stated that Iran would not allow an 'unconventional inspection or monitoring'

Khamenei further stated that Iran would not allow an 'unconventional inspection or monitoring'

Even with out that legislation, McCain claimed that the Senate has the Constitutional authority to reject an accord because it is technically treaty.

Obama should 'read the Constitution of the United States,' McCain said. This is clearly a treaty.'

And even if the president 'disregards the Constitution' McCain said - 'which he certainly did with executive orders concerning immigration' - Congress should have a say in an issue of this scale. 

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services Committee who is exploring a presidential run, said in a statement Friday afternoon that 'the Ayatollah and President Obama appear to be talking about two separate agreements.

'Unfortunately, I can’t say I’m surprised,' he added. 

'President Obama wants a deal way too badly, and his Administration has been trying to sell a deal which may not actually exist.'

Graham said the Obama administration should tell Iran 'in no uncertain terms – that should we come to an actual agreement between both parties, sanctions relief will not be immediate.'

'Any realistic agreement must preclude sanctions relief from being granted until Iran proves it has ended its military nuclear program.'

Drawing on Khamenei's comment about supervision, Graham said he would 'never' lend his support to a deal that doesn't allow for inspections 'anytime and anywhere.' 

With 'Iran’s history of cheating,' he said, 'it would be incredibly dangerous not to require Iran to abide by an ‘anytime-anywhere’ inspections regime.' 

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