Kerry to testify on Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will testify on December 10 to answer questions about the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear program, the House Foreign Affairs Committee announced on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee, seeks answers on the agreement that was recently finalized between Iran, the U.S. and other leading nations. Royce said he has serious concerns that the agreement does not protect the U.S. and its allies.

"I continue to have serious concerns that the agreement the Obama Administration negotiated does not meet the standards necessary to protect the United States and our allies," Royce said. "The deal does not roll back Iran's nuclear program, but instead allows Tehran to keep in place the key elements of its nuclear weapons-making capability."

Royce said the agreement relieves sanctions pressure on Iran while it continues to enrich uranium using its centrifuges.

"This hearing will be an opportunity for committee members of both parties to press Secretary Kerry to explain why the Obama Administration believes this sanctions-easing agreement is the right course," Royce said.

Royce and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) wrote the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, H.R. 850, which would increase sanctions on Iran. The bill overwhelmingly passed the house in July.