Congressman Jeff Fortenberry sees promise as well as peril in the nuclear agreement reached with Iran.
Fortenberry says the Obama Administration has been pushing hard for Congressional approval of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry has led the push, speaking before Congressional committees and even behind closed doors about the deal.
Hundreds of pages of documents have been delivered to members of Congress who have a couple of months to complete their review and vote on the agreement.
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.
Fortenberry says there are positive aspects of the agreement, but they carry great risk.
“The ultimate question for Congress to seriously debate and deliberate on is whether or not this agreement pulls us enough back from the nuclear threshold as to justify, in effect, giving them legitimacy as a nuclear-threshold state,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “That is a serious tradeoff”
Fortenberry says if the answer is “yes” then the agreement should be approved…if concerns remain that it doesn’t, it should be rejected.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]