Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker on Sunday expressed skepticism about negotiations with Iran and said President Barack Obama already has "dialed back the rheostat" on the economic sanctions designed to bring the country to the table.
"I think the concerns that we have…on these partial kinds of arrangements…you begin this dance that we're seeing right now," Corker said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "So unless you do the whole deal on the front end you, in essence, begin this series of steps that may well lead to Iran getting to exactly the place they wish to get while we relieve sanctions."
Corker, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the "freeze" on Iran's nuclear program, while negotiations are hammered out, is open to interpretation.
"Iran is still going to be enriching uranium, based on what we see, so when they say freeze, that means they're not going to be gaining, but they’re still going to be enriching," he said.
"All of us want to see diplomacy. We do. But we're also concerned about an administration that seems really ready, always, to jump into the arms of folks and potentially deal away some of the leverage we have."
Following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's election in July, "the administration has dialed back the rheostat…on the existing sanctions we have," Corker said.
"A partial agreement leads us down the same path we went down with North Korea, where just to get people to act right as you move through these things you continue to you reduce these sanctions," he said.
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