A deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear weapon capabilities has been met with lukewarm support in Washington.
Sen. Mike Johanns doesn’t see much good emerging from the six-country negotiations with Iran.
“Very weak deal; I think Iran got about what it wanted. It’s getting relaxation of the sanctions. The sanctions have been hurting Iran. That’s what they were intended to do,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Johanns says the result of the talks is a concession that Iran has the ability to have nuclear power, which he says it only one step away from the ability to build nuclear arms.
Congress has been away from Washington during its annual Thanksgiving break. It returns this week.
Johanns, a Republican, says he has not seen the deal attract much support and it will be interesting to hear from colleagues upon return to the Capitol.
The White House has been stepping up the pressure to get the Senate to approve the deal, but Johanns says it has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Under the deal, the United States would unfreeze $50 billion in Iranian assets in exchange for a promise from Iran to “slow” its nuclear program.
The talks in Geneva took place among Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]