Transcript for 'This Week': Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Reaction now from republican senators saxby chambliss. And member of the intelligence senate armed service committee. Senator, thank you for joining us this morning. Is this a deal you can support? Sure. George, you know, the publicly stated goal of this administration relative to iran's nuclear program is to prevent it from happening. Nothing in the details that i have seen thus far of the final deal, nothing in what secretary kerry just said, moves us in the direction of preventing iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Sure they're going to destroy uranium to 20%, but irrespective of what he just said, they're going to be able to continue to enrich uranium. They have 6 tons now, they'll allow them to go to 7 tons. Then they'll come back to 6 tons within the next six months. But they'll still have the capability. Nothing in this deal requires the destruction of any centrifuges. They'll be able to replace centrifuges that become inoperable and I just don't see this movement in the direction of preventing iran from developing a nuclear weapon at all. And, what we're going to be doing is, we're going to be easing sanctions, right now the sanctions are working. They're doing exactly what they're designed to do. The economy of iran is heading south, unemployment is skyrocketing. And what we're going to do is we're going to allow the easing of sanctions, particularly on areas where the iranian people are going to feel some benefit, i.E., Allow export/import of automobile parts, airline parts, that sort of thing. That will show that the sanctions are in fact being eased. And instead of easing them, no -- now is too tom tighten those sanctions. And let them get a long-term deal. You heard secretary kerry, he hopes that the congress does not move forward on new sanctions. Sounds like he's going to be disappointed. You're going to push ahead. I think you'll see a strong movement in the united states senate to move ahead to tighten sanctions. Now, they'll have to be some time frame in there. They have done this deal. This can be done without the approval of congress. For the next six months, it looks like this deal is going to be in place, and it may be that we may have to pass a resolution that puts sanctions on three months, four months, six months, whatever it might be, but now is just not the time to ease sanctions when they're working. We have all of the leverage in the negotiation. The bottom line is, if they don't roll back the iran nuclear program, you're going to push ahead for more and tighter sanctions on the iranian economy? Exactly, george, we have trusted the iranians before, just like the north koreans on nuclear issues, and what have we gotten for it? They continued to hide their development of these weapons and, you know, in spite of their agreement here to reduce the enrichment, the 20% stockpile that they have enriched, they can go to north korea and buy that from them in a heartbeat. When you look at what we have gotten out of this it's moving away from the direction of preventing them developing a nuclear weapon. That frankly is what the american people and what the world wants. Israel and saudi arabia and there will be other middle east countries I suspect to come out in opposition to this short-term agreement. Senator chambliss, thanks very much for your time this
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