July 31, 2015

Corker: After Less Than Two Weeks, Iran Already Accusing U.S. of Violating Nuclear Deal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding Iran’s accusation of a U.S. violation of the nuclear agreement less than two weeks after the accord was announced:

“This is why I am so concerned about the fact that after nine months, Iran will have all of the sanctions relief in hand,” said Corker. “At that point, should we challenge anything, they will say the deal is off because we violated the agreement. The leverage shifts to them.”

In a letter to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran’s representative to the agency accused the U.S. of a “material breach” citing only comments from White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest who said the U.S. retains a military option to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. A material breach cited by a party to the agreement would be grounds to cease compliance with commitments under the deal.