Skeptical Lawmakers Want Tough Sanctions Ready if Iran Deal Fails

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal. They're calling for Congress to prepare tougher economic penalties to impose on Tehran if the accord falls apart.

Iran has reached an agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers to pause its nuclear program for six months in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

But there's distrust of Iran among both Democrats and Republicans, leading to rare bipartisan support for having new sanctions ready to go.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, says Iranians "are capable of cheating." And the committee's top Democrat, Eliot Engel of New York, agrees, saying "I don't think we should trust them."

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez of New Jersey says he'll work with colleagues to have sanctions ready should Iran breach the interim agreement.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House intelligence panel, says he fears the deal with Iran "just rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior."


WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans in Congress are skeptical about the Iran nuclear deal hammered out by the U.S. and world powers.

The agreement announced Sunday in Geneva commits Tehran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual reliefs from global economic penalties.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says Iran isn't required to suspend all enrichment work and he believes the deal "makes a nuclear Iran more likely."

The California Republican sees "an even more urgent need" for Congress to impose even tougher penalties.

GOP Rep. Ed Royce of California, who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the agreement lets Iran keep important parts of its nuclear weapon-making capability, yet the U.S. is the one "doing the dismantling" by easing sanctions.

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