A Nebraska Congressman says the Iran nuclear deal is flawed, but whether the United States should pull out of the agreement is a different matter.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says the aggressive posturing of Iran throughout the Middle East makes it harder to trust a fragile nuclear agreement.
Fortenberry says the agreement in general has held, but hasn’t made a marked difference in the U.S. relationship with Iran.
“To look at this in a Pollyannaish way that the agreement has developed some new flowering of relationship is extraordinarily naïve,” Fortenberry says. “Yet, at the same time, to try to leverage the agreement for better outcomes with Iran is an absolute necessity, even potentially changing aspects of it if we can get international agreement.”
Fortenberry faults the agreement for failing to curtail the nuclear ambitions of Iran and for failing to rein in Iran’s sponsorship of terrorist groups throughout the Middle East.
Fortenberry, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, voted against the original Iran nuclear agreement in 2015.
President Donald Trump earlier this month criticized the Iran nuclear deal and threatened to pull out of it. Trump has called it one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever agreed to.
Trump has accused Iran of multiple violations of the agreement. The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported Iran is in compliance. President Barack Obama and world leaders reached the agreement with Iran in 2015.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]