Congressman skeptical of deal with Iran over nuclear program

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) | Contributed photo
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, held a hearing on Tuesday over the finalized international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

The hearing is part of a series of hearings examining President Obama's administration and its negotiations with Iran.

In a previous hearing, the committee heard testimony from military officials, including retired Gen. Michael Hayden of the U.S. Air Force, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and R. Nicholas Burns, former undersecretary of political affairs in the State Department.
Royce expressed his concerns over the final agreement in the opening statement of Tuesday's hearing.

"The administration has just announced a hugely consequential agreement," Royce said. "In testimony before this committee, Secretary (of State John) Kerry told us these negotiations would be used to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program. That was the goal. Instead, this agreement allows Iran to retain a vast enrichment capacity, continue its research and development and gain an industrialized nuclear program once key provisions of this agreement begin to expire in as little as 10 years. The president told us that Iran does not 'need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful nuclear program,' yet this military complex will stay open."