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Democratic Rep. Engel: Deal With Iran is 'Squishy'

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Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 12:31 PM

By Audrey Hudson

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The Obama administration's deal with Iran to roll back the rogue country's nuclear program is not winning much support from key Democrats, including Rep. Eliot Engel of New York who expressed doubt on Sunday the plan will succeed without continued sanctions.

"I don't think you make them bargain in good faith by going squishy," Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee told CNN's "State of the Union."

"I think we could have played good cop, bad cop, and Congress really believes sanctions should happen," Engel said. "That's what brought Iran to the table in the first place."

Another key Democrat, Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, said in a statement that he was disappointed in the interim deal reached in Geneva regarding Iran’s nuclear program, saying "it does not seem proportional" because "Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the sanctions."

The Senate agreed unanimously to keep financial sanctions on Iran, and the House passed a similar measure this summer on a 400-20 vote.

Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also appeared on CNN and said sanctions are the tools needed to keep up pressure on Iran to keep its word.

"Unless we understand that the people who run Iran, that send the protestors out to chant 'death to America' last month in the streets, unless we understand that they are capable of cheating and have in place the ability to really ratchet up, we're going to find ourselves exactly where we found ourselves with North Korea, which will be that nuclear capability will be in the hands of the ayatollah," Royce said.

"I think we need to be very careful with the Iranians, I don't trust them," Royce said. "I don't think we should trust them, but I think we have to make [the agreement] work."


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