Sen. Deb Fischer remains wary about a proposed deal with Iran on its nuclear program and is pleased negotiations have stalled, for now.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the Obama Administration has yet to brief the committee on the talks and it appears U.S. allies stepped up to scuttle a deal with Iran.
“Well, thank heavens for France,” Fischer responds when asked about the talks, “because it was the French that ended these negotiations and I’m glad that they did.”
News reports indicate that the Obama Administration had offered to unfreeze $50 billion in Iranian assets in exchange for a promise from Iran to “slow” its nuclear program.
The reports grew from coverage of six-country negotiations in Geneva to thwart any effort Iran might be pursuing to build a nuclear arsenal.
Fischer favors sticking with a 2006 United Nations Security Council decision calling on Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment program. It appears Iran has asked that the United States concede it has a right to enrich nuclear fuel, a right that Fischer insists is not recognized by international law.
She fears Iran is following the model set by North Korea in the 1990s when North Korea outwardly stated it would abide by international sanctions while secretly building nuclear weapons.
The talks in Geneva took place among Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]