Corker: Obama and Kerry See Iran Deal as a ‘Legacy Issue’

‘I have had several conversations with him and meetings to say, look, you create just as much of a legacy walking away from a bad deal as you do headlong rushing into bad deal’

CORKER: "Well, obviously, they’re very anxious. I think they look at this as a legacy issue. I have had several conversations with him and meetings to say, look, you create just as much of a legacy walking away from a bad deal as you do headlong rushing into bad deal. So, look, I know they want to consummate this. This has been going on — actually, the original discussions began back in 2003. I would just hope again that they would take their time and finish this in the best way that they can, even though we have already gone down a bad track. One of the things about this, John, is Iran has done an excellent job of getting these countries to focus on the IR-1 centrifuges that they have. They’re almost antiques. And what we’re going to end up is with a — the deal that we know about. There’s some other things they’re working out right now. But you are going to have basically a 10-year pause, a 10-year pause in enrichment, but what you’re going to have during that time is them continuing their ballistic missile development, which is already very sophisticated. They’re going to be able to continue their research and development. As was mentioned, they’re going to have their sanctions relief. So, you’re going to have a country whose economy is growing rapidly that’s going to have all kinds of — over $100 billion of money to help create further terrorism in the region. And so they’re going to be growing. They’re going to be getting more established. And then, after 10 years, there’s something called the Iranian nuclear development program that’s been agreed to. And at that point, they’re basically going to be able to industrialize their program. And, by the way, this is a program that has no practical needs. This was the baseline that concerned so many people. Why would they have 19,000 centrifuges? They have no practical needs for that. So, look, there are lot of concerns. Obviously, we have had a number..."

 

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