U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) raised concerns on Sunday about the Obama Administration potentially dealing away U.S. leverage during denuclearization negotiations with Iran.
Corker, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the remarks during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said the administration is considering prematurely lifting sanctions as part of a partial agreement that does not impede Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.
“The (U.N.) Security Council resolutions call for a complete stoppage (of Iran’s enrichment activities)… so you can imagine that Congress – that put these sanctions in place with the administration kicking and screaming all the way, pushing back against these sanctions – (is) very concerned that we’re going to deal away the leverage that we have where we finally have Iran willing to sit down and talk about these issues,” Corker said.
Corker compared the partial agreement to the situation with North Korea. He said members of the Senate are concerned about the administration’s approach during the negotiations.
“A partial agreement leads us down the same path we went down with North Korea, where just to get people to act right…you continue to reduce sanctions,” Corker said. “So, again, a lot of concerns about the approach. A lot of us want to see it resolved diplomatically. We know the sanctions got us here, and we’re worried we’re dealing away our leverage.”