A deal has been struck and concerns have been raised about Iran and its nuclear program.
United States Sen. Deb Fischer worries negotiations with Iran drifted far from this country’s traditional approach.
“So, we’ve gone from no nuclear weapon for Iran to containment for Iran. That worries me the most,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview.
Fischer says she has a number of questions about the agreement. She insists sanctions were having the intended effect on Iran and doesn’t understand why they would be lifted and questions the administration’s assertion they could be re-imposed or “snapped back” if Iran violates the agreement.
The Obama Administration hails the agreement as historic; a step closer to peace in the Middle East.
“We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region,” President Barack Obama stated.
The agreement was announced in Vienna, a result of 18 months of negotiations between Iran and a coalition led by the United States which included Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China.
It will prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear arsenal for at least 10 years. Iranian officials have stated their nuclear program is commercial, not military, intended to help with energy production.
The Obama Administration will present the deal to Congress, which has 60 days to digest it.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says there are risks with the deal, but also risks with not reaching a deal.
“Congress is going to seriously deliberate this, I can tell you,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “This is a major, major decision that is going to set the tone for the geo-politics of the 21st Century.”
Fortenberry and Fischer agree Congress has a big task ahead.
“This is such a serious issue,” Fischer says. “This is an important issue and we cannot get this wrong.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]