Sen. Corker: Restrict Obama on Iran deal

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said enactment of his legislation would restrict President Obama’s “free hand” to implement a final nuclear agreement with Iran, if one is reached.

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that requires the president to submit any final deal to Congress before being able to waive or suspend congressional sanctions.

“I think this is a minimum that we ought to be doing,” Corker said.

He warned that without requiring the president to submit a final deal to Congress, the American people may not know what restrictions would be placed on Iran’s nuclear program and how the U.S. would implement and enforce an agreement.

“At present, right now, the leadership in Iran is telling their citizens one thing. Our president and others are telling us another,” said Corker. “The only way we will ever know what are the details and understand what is in the classified annexes, is for us to pass these pieces of legislation that are before us, because, otherwise, we may never know until way after the fact exactly what the agreement is.”