As negotiations begin Tuesday in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program, Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tn.), the ranking Republican member of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday urged the Obama administration to hold firm on sanctions with Iran.
“With limited time for diplomacy to work, the administration should hold firm on sanctions, which brought Iran to the table and remain the greatest leverage point we have. Eagerness to exploit an opening with Iran should not lead to concessions before Iran takes verifiable steps to eliminate their nuclear weapons program. Congress can play a constructive role by putting in place tough conditions on Iran before any easing of sanctions can occur,” said Senator Corker.
During a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Oct. 3, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said the Obama administration would support additional sanctions if Iran fails to offer a verifiable plan in Geneva.