Lawmakers to WH: You really need to beef up this emerging Iranian deal

posted at 6:01 pm on November 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Obama administration officials are getting ready to jet off to Geneva again for the continuation of negotiations with the Iranians over some kind of sanction/nuclear-drawdown tradeoff (so rudely interrupted by the French delegation’s objects the other week), and in preparation for administering the diplomatic atmosphere they think apparently believe will be most conducive for an initial deal, President Obama personally made the pitch to a group of senators on Wednesday afternoon asking that they continue to hang back on furthering sanctions, per USA Today:

Obama spent two hours with the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate armed services, banking, foreign relations and intelligence committees and walked the lawmakers through the parameters of interim deal that negotiators from the P5+1 (U.S., Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and Germany) are pursuing in talks in Geneva.

“They were very explicit about what they think they may be able to achieve,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after the meeting. …

Corker said that some lawmakers who participated in the meeting were “satisfied” and some were “very unsatisfied” with what the president and his aides had to say.

“People are concerned…that we’re giving up some leverage,” Corker said.

Bipartisan groups of both senators and House representatives, meanwhile, signaled to the White House on Wednesday that the emerging Iranian deal for which they are reportedly pushing doesn’t go nearly far enough in getting some honest concessions from Iran, but certainly gives plenty away in terms of sanctions relief. Via The Hill:

“We feel strongly that any easing of sanctions along the lines that [the international community] is reportedly considering should require Iran to roll back its nuclear program more significantly than now envisioned,” six senators wrote in a letter to Kerry.

“It is our belief that any interim agreement with the Iranians should bring us closer to our ultimate goal which is Iran without a nuclear weapons capability.”

The letter in particular urges U.S. negotiators to demand that Iran suspend all uranium reprocessing, heavy water-related and enrichment-related activities and halt ongoing construction of any uranium-enrichment, reprocessing, or heavy water-related facilities. It was signed by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

On the House side, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) sent President Obama a similar letter. …

“We are writing to express our great concern regarding the scope and content of the interim agreement under negotiation with Iran,” they wrote. “Mr. President, the United States cannot allow Iran to continue to advance toward a nuclear weapons capability while at the same time providing relief from the sanctions pressure we worked so hard to build, and the Administration has worked to enforce.”

Over on the other side of the world, with the Obama administration not really endeavoring to hide their growing rift and apparently with France as their only allied holdout against the interim deal (and maybe not even them), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prepping to make his case for nixing the deal to… the Kremlin? What?

At odds with ally Washington over an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will on Wednesday take his campaign against the deal to Moscow.

Russia is a member of the P5+1 group — alongside the United States, China, France, Britain and Germany — which has been struggling to reach a deal to freeze or curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for some relief from international sanctions. …

“We’d like (the Russians) to have a better understanding of our concerns and the need to prevent Iran from having a breakout capacity,” an Israeli official told AFP ahead of the trip.


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In other words. “Do our jobs for us so we won’t be blamed”!
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LeftCoastRight on November 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Executive decree coming. They’re going find “discretion” is needed in enforcement actions, and the Senate will rise up in all their majesty and say “Oh. Well, OK I guess”.

MTF on November 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Peace in our time and Munich II…

mnjg on November 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Don’t worry, Valarie Jarrett will make more concessions to the Iranians.

rbj on November 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

How is this an American issue? Obama should be sanctioning Mexico over their demographic terrorism, not getting involved in Iran’s nuclear program – which they have a right to under the NPT. If Bibi doesn’t like then he has all the nukes and Saudi support he needs to make his concerns, felt.

abobo on November 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Just relax, Val the Iranian Pal is on the job. What could go wrong?

JusDreamin on November 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

If only the Obama regime would treat the Iranians like their real enemies, the republicans.

jukin3 on November 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

“People are concerned…that we’re giving up some leverage,” Corker said

…what sand trap was JugEars in?

KOOLAID2 on November 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I don’t understand why he’s such an SOB to Republicans, but wants to be accommodating to our national enemies.

flataffect on November 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Bipartisan groups of both senators and House representatives, meanwhile,

It was signed by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

You lost me on, “bipartisan.”

Myron Falwell on November 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

HOW MANY WHITE FLAGS IS JOHNNY KERRY BRINGING WITH HIM?

GarandFan on November 19, 2013 at 7:14 PM

When did John Kerry turn into a muppet??

kim roy on November 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

President Choom has just signed an executive order stating that he is now authorized to approve all international treaties with foreign governments. Congress could not be reached for comment, since they were holding hearings on incandescent light bulbs and contraband toilets using more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

RoadRunner on November 19, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I don’t understand why he’s such an SOB to Republicans, but wants to be accommodating to our national enemies.

flataffect on November 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

He likes the people who hate us, it’s that simple.

“Us” meaning “the United States, Israel, and Western civilization in general”.

He also idolizes primitivist mystics who, like him, dream of turning the clock back to the Stone Age. And the more humans who die in the process, the better, from their mutual POV.

I thought everybody knew all this already?

clear ether

eon

eon on November 19, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Just as this regime provided the weapons and money used to sacrifice Americans in Benghazi, this regime is facilitating the coming use of Iranian nukes on Americans at home. Expect as much damage to America as possible by putsch in the next 3 years under the guise of targeting the white rich Christians or evil jews, but in the end destroying all Germans Americans.

OT. Back to website glitches. Discuss.

Rea1ityCheck on November 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM