US Congress Needs to Comb Through Iran Deal - Senate Committee Chairman
16:52 14.07.2015(updated 17:00 14.07.2015)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will conduct a review of the agreement once President Barack Obama provides the agreement to the Committee in full.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Congress must probe the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries to determine if its implementation justifies lifting the sanctions against Tehran, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said in a release on Tuesday.
"In the coming days, Congress will need to scrutinize this deal and answer whether implementing the agreement is worth dismantling our painstakingly-constructed sanctions regime that took more than a decade to establish," Corker said.
On Tuesday, the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif announced the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany – and Iran had completed a nuclear agreement named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The agreement focuses on civil nuclear energy cooperation, a joint oversight commission on the Iranian nuclear program and implementation.
Corker explained that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will conduct a review of the agreement once President Barack Obama provides the agreement to the Committee in full.
He expressed hope the Senate and House of Representatives as well as the American public will have an open and honest debate about the agreement.
However, Corker noted, as negotiations have gone on, he has expressed significant concerns and will want to read the agreement in its entirety to fully understand it.
The Foreign Relations Committee Chairman also warned that the agreement could create a more dangerous threat from Iran because the country remains the 'lead sponsor of terror' in the world.
Also on Tursday, President Obama said that as a result of this agreement, Iran will dispose of 98 percent of its enriched uranium. Obama also said he believes such a development will stop proliferation of nuclear arms in the Middle East.
Corker is the primary author of legislation passed by the Congress allowing a congressional review and vote on any finalized US nuclear agreement with Iran.
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