national security interests are being served.
Friday marks the second anniversary of the day the marathon nuclear negotiations in Europe delivered the accord known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Three days later comes the deadline for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to tell Congress whether Iran is complying, and whether the suspension of sanctions under the deal is vital to U.S. national security.
Among those weighing in on either side of the argument are a quartet of leading Republican senators and a group of retired senior rank military officers.
The former – Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), David Perdue (Ga.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) – urged Tillerson this week not to certify that Iran is in compliance with its JCPOA obligations. Non-certification would open the door for a rapid restoration of sanctions against Tehran.
In a letter they listed several alleged Iranian violations, including exceeding JCPOA-imposed limits on heavy water stocks, illicit attempts to procure nuclear technology, and refusal to admit international inspectors to military facilities.Read more at CNSNews