Sens. Bob Corker and Bob Menendez, both party leaders on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, say they are concerned about a deal to freeze Iranian nuclear production for six months and give the country limited relief from sanctions.
Allowing Iran to keep enriching uranium will violate the "very standards that we set in place," Corker, a Tennessee Republican, told CBS' "Face the Nation" guest host John Dickerson Sunday.
Any deal that allows enrichment will throw U.S. agreements with other countries like Vietnam and South Korea, who "have played by the rules," into disarray, said Corker.
"There are so many issues in this next six months that are not addressed," said Corker. "As a matter of fact, some people have said Iran may want to cheat over the next six months. I see no way that they're going to want to cheat. This is a total victory from their standpoint. I think they're going to be good actors over the next six months."
He said Iran's leaders now see the Obama administration as one that allows them to do the things the United Nations and world community has already said they cannot do.
"I'm very discouraged," Corker said. "I hope we're able to have a better end game than it looks like we'll have now. I think Congress can help us get there."
Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the committee, last week accused the Obama administration of "fear-mongering" for claims that additional sanctions on Iran would be a "march to war," said he still thinks White House press secretary Jay Carney's comments were "over the top."
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