US President Barack Obama says he is confident that the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers will go forward despite lawmakers’ opposition in Congress.
“I am very confident that this deal will go forward,” he told ABC affiliate WJLA on Wednesday.
Congress will vote on the July accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, next month.
The White House is trying to gather enough support in the Senate and the House.
The president needs the support of 34 Senate Democrats to sustain a presidential veto if Congress rejects the agreement.
Most Republicans, including at least two prominent Senate Democrats, have opposed the agreement. Despite the opposition, however, political analysts do not believe there will be enough votes to override Obama’s veto of a congressional resolution against the deal.
So far, 29 Democratic senators have come out in favor of the accord.