Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says she’s watching the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran closely and has this initial reaction: “I don’t believe this talks can nor should they go on indefinitely.”
Senator Fischer says she’s concerned with the appearance the United States and ally countries are caving to demands from Iran.
“When you draw a red line in the sand and when you set a deadline, those times should be met and when they aren’t, then there are consequences,” she says.
Fischer says, no matter what happens with the negotiations, it’s likely that we’ll see an arms race in the Middle East.
There’s concern, she says, that the U.S. is losing ground: “Now, we’re not even in a framework agreement any more. We’re in a framework understanding. Our position is becoming weaker and weaker. I find that very disturbing, very troubling.”
A deal was supposed to be reached by Tuesday of this week but talks were extended.
Fischer says if the deal doesn’t prevent Iran from working toward a nuclear weapon, an arms race in that region becomes a much larger threat.
“It’s not just Saudi Arabia, we look at the UAE, we look at Egypt, we look at Turkey,” Fischer says. “We are seeing an arms race. We are seeing hostile nuclear proliferation in the world and that puts us up to the edge.”
Fischer is Chairperson of the Senate Sub-committee on Emerging Threats.
By Kevin Thomas, KLIN, Lincoln