Iran needed to be put on notice for its ballistic missile tests, Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday morning, but he thinks the Trump administration has thought out the matter for some time and has plans when it comes to that country in the wake of the nuclear deal reached in 2016.
"Hopefully, actions will follow," the Tennessee Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, but does think "they thought this through," as the Obama administration "should have taken action, but did not take action."
"They have always thought Iran, as I have, the Iran deal was a bad deal," the senator said. "I think what's happened is they have come into office and they have the ability now to see intelligence and they are probably even more upset about the lack of action over the last six or seven months ... I think they are more anxious to make sure we push back against what Iran has been doing."
But at the same time, it is appropriate for the United States to lead on pushing back, as there were differences with European allies between the approaches that were taken toward the nuclear deal.
"They have interests that are different than ours...they had a desire to do business with Iran that we didn't have," said Corker. "They were willing to overlook things."
Corker said the United States has been turning its head on ballistic missile testing, armed sales, water, overages, but needs to push back.
Still, agreements are needed, but the current pact is not in the interests of the United States, and Iran will take advantage, Corker continued.
"This agreement is not in our interest and after year seven or eight, they are able to develop a nuclear weapon legally," the senator said. "Even though there's language on the front end that says they will not develop a nuclear weapon, we paved the way for that."
Corker said he not only strongly applauds the Trump administration, but he believes there will be bipartisan support.
"I think what happened over the weekend was a wake-up call," said Corker.
However, he does think it's too early to talk about military options when it comes to Iran.
"When they threaten us in other ways, move away from the nuclear agreement, when they have their naval vessels threatening ours, they need to be aware there's a new day," said Corker. "We are not putting up with the things they have been doing in the region."
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