PRESIDENT OBAMA: In the coming days and weeks, my administration will engage Congress once again about how we can play -- about how it can play a constructive oversight role. I will begin the effort by speaking to leaders of the House and Senate today. In those conversations, I will underscore that the issues at stake here are bigger than politics. These are matters of war and peace. And they should be evaluated based on the facts and what is ultimately best for the American people and for our national. But this is not simply a deal between my administration and Iran. This is a deal between Iran, the United States of America, and the major powers in the world, including some of our closest allies.
If Congress kills this deal, not based on analysis and without offering any reasonable alternative, then it is the United States that will be blamed for the failure of diplomacy. International community will collapse and the path will widen. The American people understand this, which is why solid majorities support a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue. They understand instinctively the words of President Kennedy, who faced down a far greater threat of communism, and said, let us never negotiate out of of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.