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Kerry says he 'profoundly disagrees' with Schumer, Engel on rejection of Iran nuclear deal

  • FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., arrive for a classified briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer is breaking with President Barack Obama and will oppose the Iran nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

    FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., arrive for a classified briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer is breaking with President Barack Obama and will oppose the Iran nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh wait for translations to be broadcast during a press conference following their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, April 7, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh wait for translations to be broadcast during a press conference following their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, April 7, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he "profoundly disagrees" with the reasoning behind decisions by two prominent Democratic lawmakers to vote against the nuclear deal he negotiated with Iran.

Speaking Friday in the Vietnamese capital, Kerry said the facts do not bear out the arguments made by the Senate's No. 3 Democrat Chuck Schumer, and the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel. He said he respects the right of lawmakers to make their own decisions about the merits of the deal, but said rejection does not offer any alternative than a drumbeat to conflict.

Schumer and Engel, both from New York, made their announcements on Thursday. Schumer is the first Democratic senator to say he will vote no on the deal.