Sen. Corker on Nuke Deal: Iran is ‘Spiking the Football in the End Zone’

By Barbara Hollingsworth | November 25, 2013 | 1:57pm EST



Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (AP) –  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday” said that Iran got the better of the United States and its allies in a weekend deal that lifts economic sanctions and unfreezes $8 billion in Iranian assets while allowing Iran to enrich uranium.

“If you see the reaction of Iran right now – I mean, they’re spiking the football in the end zone saying that, look, we’ve consolidated our gains, we’ve relieved sanctions, we're going to have the right to enrich,” Corker said.

In announcing the six-month interim agreement, the Obama administration said that it will only allow Iran to develop a “peaceful” nuclear program, not to build a nuclear weapon.

“For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program and key parts of the program will be rolled back. Iran is committed to halting certain levels of enrichment and neutralizing part of its stockpiles. Iran cannot use its next generation centrifuges which are used for enriching uranium.  Iran cannot install or start up new centrifuges, and its production of centrifuges will be limited.  Iran will halt work at its plutonium reactor.  And new inspections will provide extensive access to Iran’s nuclear facilities and allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments,” President Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

“These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.  Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb,” the president declared.

But Corker pointed out that the economic sanctions were originally imposed on Iran to force it to stop all of its uranium enrichment. “I think the United States made it very clear that the only way to reach an agreement with the United States on sanctions was to dismantle their nuclear weapon program,” the senator told Fox News host Chris Wallace.

“We’ve seen what’s happened in North Korea,” Corker went on. “They now have nuclear weapons, and I don’t want to see that happen in Iran.”

Calling the Obama administration “long on announcements but very short on follow-through,” Corker added that he has drafted legislation to “hold the administration and the international community’s feet to the fire over the next six months…We need to make sure that we see this through and they don't end up in a situation where they are a threat to the world, as they will be if this interim deal continues to be or ends up being the norm.”

The Tennessee Republican added that Iran’s leaders view the Obama administration as “weak.”

“I think from their standpoint, they see this as their window of opportunity to negotiate with an administration that has shown that it really doesn't have a lot of the intestinal fortitude that other admirations have had. They've seen that in Syria and that's been a learning experience for them.”

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