After President Donald Trump announced he would “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced he would “fix ‘major flaws’” with the Iran deal via new legislation he plans to introduce soon.
Although Republicans were against the deal negotiated and signed by former President Barack Obama and five other countries from the get-go, Sen. Corker intends to leave the deal alone for now, just “strengthen” it some.
Essentially, the legislation, which Sen. Corker is drafting with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will force Congress to respond and make “the Iran nuclear deal permanent,” while focusing on increasing sanctions for any non-compliance. Other proposed provisions include:
“[Strengthening] the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to verify Iran’s compliance with the agreement and limit Iran’s current centrifuge program,
Even as other Republicans applauded Trump’s announcement that he would not certify the Iran deal, Sen. Corker said:
“We have provided a route to overcome deficiencies and to keep the administration in the deal. And actually make it the kind of deal that it should have been in the first place.”
Other senators want Trump to move forward with his plan to not certify the deal. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said:
“I support President Trump’s decision to reevaluate this dangerous deal, and the House will work with his administration to counter Iran’s range of destabilizing activities.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed, and went as far as to say that Trump’s move would:
“…Allow Congress to ‘strengthen [the Iran nuclear] accord and send a signal to U.S. allies that ‘more work must be done to contain Iran’s malign behavior.’”
Democrats, on the other hand, are fuming. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reminded Trump and Republicans that in not certifying the Iran deal and that the country is indeed compliant with the terms, he was directly challenging the Joint Chiefs of staff and Secretary of Defense.
Worried that Trump’s move will make it much more difficult in the future to “address other threats posed by Iran,” Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) chimed in, calling Trump’s decision “reckless and dangerous.” Sen. Cardin is the top Democrat heading the Foreign Relations Committee with Sen. Corker. Sen. Cardin and others believe Trump is isolating the U.S. on this issue.
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