Deja vu permeates as lawmakers prepare to debate Iran nuclear deal


Senator Todd Young of Indiana, the top Republican on the Middle East Foreign Relations Subcommittee, said he wasn’t sure what was feasible with Iran, but said the United States likely needs to devote more military resources to the issue.

“I think we need to re-impose the sanctions. We need to work with our partners and allies and see what can be done,” Young said. “I suppose we need to increase and strengthen our military readiness in the region and figure out how we can gain more influence at the negotiating table.”

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said he still wants to see Iran accept a massive deal that also includes its missile program and support for terrorism. He offered no strategy for persuading Tehran to accept it when it had never done so before, or agreeing that Iran’s potential to acquire a nuclear weapon should take precedence over its support of extremist groups.

“You have to deal with Iran‘s terrorist attacks. You cannot separate the nuclear and terrorist acts and assume that they are different. You can’t isolate missile technology to deliver a nuclear warhead and say, ‘You can build a missile,'” Lankford said. “You have to deal with the other things. … It all has to play together.”

And Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., suggested at a press conference called by a group of moderate House Democrats unhappy with the direction of Biden’s nuclear diplomacy that the United States would do more to threaten Iran militarily to try to persuade officials in Tehran to comply with US demands.


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