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Rep. McCarthy: Obama Should Not 'Oversell' Iran Deal

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Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 02:27 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is cautioning President Barack Obama from "overselling" the deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program.

"It is not a full dismantling of the program," McCarthy, R-Calif., told CBS' "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer Sunday. "When you have friends and allies inside the region strongly opposed to it, I would caution."

McCarthy, appearing on the show along with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., both agreed that the nation should still move ahead with sanctions in the Senate, but warned that the United States needs to "remember who we're dealing with."

"We're dealing with Iran, one of the top supporters of terrorism around the world," McCarthy said. "We are providing them resources and money and we should not take this lightly. We have to have a full dismantling if we want the world to be safer."

McCarthy, also said it would be a "mistake" for any administration to make decisions like the Iran deal on a "political basis" when it comes to dealing with "lives around the world. I would hope that would never be the case."

Hoyer, meanwhile, noted that the policy continues to be that Iran not have a nuclear arms capability, and the military option "needs to be on the table" to "make sure that Iran does not move forward."

He called the treaty a "marginal improvement" that freezes some of Iran's activities and continues major sanctions against the country.

"It's going to be costly on a continuing basis to them," said Hoyer. Further, he said the Senate should continue with its sanctions bill, but not implement it for six months while assuming Iran will keep up its end of the deal.

"I think Secretary of State [John Kerry] is absolutely correct, and verification is correct," said Hoyer.

Hoyer noted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said before the agreement was reached that he would move forward with sanctions after Thanksgiving.

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