The six-month deal reached in Geneva early Sunday morning not only will enable Iran to continue to move ahead with its nuclear-development program, it also will leave the United States with less leverage because of the easing of economic sanctions, Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss said on ABC's "This Week."
"Nothing in this deal requires the destruction of any centrifuges," said Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "They're going to be able to replace centrifuges that become inoperable. I just don't see this movement in the direction of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon at all."
The deal regarding the sanctions lets Iran "out of the trap," he said.
"Right now, the sanctions are working," Chambliss said. "The economy of Iran is heading south. Unemployment is skyrocketing. Instead of easing them, now is the time to tighten those sanctions, and let's get a long-term deal. We've got all the leverage in the negotiations, and we've let them out of the trap."
He said the United States has trusted the Iranians before and been misled because "they continue to hide their development of these weapons."
"There will be other Middle East countries, I suspect, who come out in opposition to this short-term agreement," Chambliss said.
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