Sen. Deb Fischer worries about the breakdown of talks to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program.
The United States and its allies have given the talks a seven-month extension after work to create a framework for a comprehensive deal fell through just before Thanksgiving.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says Iran needs to be stopped before it develops nuclear weapons.
“When people ask me what keeps you awake at night, I always answer, Iran,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “And it’s because of the direction they’re taking with regards to their nuclear capabilities.”
Fischer argues the recent moves by Iran against the Islamic State (also known as ISIL and ISIS) shouldn’t be seen as a move to improve relationships with the U.S.
Fischer says Iran is acting in its own best interest, apart from how it might benefit the United States.
“Iran is acting, because it’s in their interest to defeat this enemy that is a neighbor to them now,” according to Fischer. “They’re acting in the interest of their country. They’re not doing this in any way, I don’t believe, to help the United States.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, explaining the extension of talks about Iran’s nuclear industry, stated the allies would be fools to walk away.