July 26, 2016

Chuck Schumer: “Serious Weaknesses” To Iran Deal

Hillary Clinton has long praised President Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal. Clinton has even bragged that she helped get Iran to the negotiating table. The most prominent Democrat to oppose Obama’s deal was Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Schumer had serious issues with the inspections regime:

“In the first ten years of the deal, there are serious weaknesses in the agreement. First, inspections are not ‘anywhere, anytime’; the 24-day delay before we can inspect is troubling. While inspectors would likely be able to detect radioactive isotopes at a site after 24 days, that delay would enable Iran to escape detection of any illicit building and improving of possible military dimensions (PMD) – the tools that go into building a bomb but don’t emit radioactivity.”

The incoming Democratic leader also had problems with the sanctions “snapback” provisions:

“Additionally, the ‘snapback’ provisions in the agreement seem cumbersome and difficult to use. While the U.S. could unilaterally cause snapback of all sanctions, there will be instances where it would be more appropriate to snapback some but not all of the sanctions, because the violation is significant but not severe”

Ultimately, Schumer felt that Iran would use the breathing room afforded by the deal to put itself in a better position to pursue “nefarious goals” in the future:

“To me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great. Therefore, I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy. It is because I believe Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power. Better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations, and pursue the hard-trodden path of diplomacy once more, difficult as it may be.”