United States Senator Deb Fischer says many questions remain unanswered on the Iranian nuclear deal, even after a classified meeting with the Secretary of State.
Fischer sat in on an hour-and-a-half meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday afternoon, which she says featured a lot of Kerry and few questions.
“At one point, we did have to laugh. It was commented that Secretary Kerry was a senator before he was secretary, so he knew how to filibuster,” Fischer says.
The classified meeting for senators also featured the Treasury Secretary and the Energy Secretary. It covered several aspects of the agreement, including the lifting of sanctions and what actions on the part of Iran would result in the reinstatement of those sanctions, the nuclear facilities in Iran, and how inspections might be carried out.
According to Fischer, Kerry took about a dozen questions from senators.
Fischer says the meeting was classified and she can’t comment on its content, but she does say Kerry took his time getting to the meat of the agreement.
“It’s kind of discouraging and disappointing when you can’t get the answers straight up,” Fischer says.
Fischer says she is reading material provided by the administration on the deal prior to a Congressional vote.
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.
Congress has 60 days to consider the deal.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]