Add Sen. David Vitter to the growing list of GOP lawmakers throwing cold water on a new deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for scaling back economic sanctions.
“The definition of a deal usually means both parties get something, but all this deal amounts to is increased time and money for Iran to develop and acquire more deadly weapons,” Mr. Vitter, Louisiana Republican, said. “We all want a peaceful solution, but Iran has not demonstrated any tangible guarantees of halting their nuclear weapons program.”
“There are Democrats in Congress who won’t go along with the president’s deal, mainly because it could reduce our standing with much needed allies in the hostile region — particularly Israel,” Mr. Vitter added.
Secretary of State John Kerry and other supporters of the six-month pact say it is a productive move to get a broader deal in place.
Mr. Kerry has said detractors want too much, too soon, and the global community has to start somewhere in slowing Iran’s path to nuclear weaponry.