Congressman Adrian Smith isn’t ready to rejoice after the United States, along with other countries, reached an agreement with Iran to slow its nuclear program.
Smith worries Iran won’t live up to the bargain.
“I’m skeptical and it goes back to that old line of we can trust, but we also need to verify,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Without the ability to verify, that undermines the trust that needs to take place or that needs to be the foundation of such large agreements.”
President Barack Obama praised the agreement, stating it has stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in the region.
The Obama Administration says the agreement will insure Iran cannot produce a nuclear arsenal for at least 10 years. Iran agreed to slow its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions imposed against it by the United States and other western countries.
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the agreement met all the requirements set out by the United States to block the country’s progress in building nuclear weapons. Economic sanctions could be imposed again on Iran if it violates the agreement.
Iran claims it wants nuclear power only for peaceful purposes.
The United States has been the primary negotiator for the past 18 months in talks with Iran.
Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China have also been involved in the talks.
Smith says he doesn’t believe the agreement reduces the likelihood of war in the Middle East.
“When you look at the current rhetoric over there of what their true objectives are, I certainly don’t sense restraint on that kind of talk,” according to Smith. “I just sense that their objective of wiping Israel off the face of the map remains.”
Smith says Iran doesn’t have a good track record on compliance.
“Given what I am aware of so far, I’m skeptical on the basis that there needs to be a better verification process,” says Smith who adds the agreement lacks provisions to give inspectors access to military installations.
Smith says others in Congress share his concerns.
“I would say that many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are skeptical.”