Sen. Jack Reed has not decided whether he supports President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. On the one hand, Reed calls the agreement historic. On the other hand, he points out that failure would mean nuclear capabilities for Iran, which could spread to neighboring countries.
“So this is very difficult,” said Reed. “Whenever you’re talking about nuclear weapons this is a very, very serious consequence.”
Reed said his first review of the deal suggests that it does address numerous issues, but he will continue to review it with a fine tooth comb.
“I think you start with the premise that this is a very good solid piece of work,” said Reed. “But again, because of the consequences you’ve got to reassure everyone that this has been carefully and carefully reviewed.”
Reed said will take the next few weeks to consider the details of the nuclear deal and the consequence of failing to approve the agreement. He stressed the deal must be carefully vetted to make sure it preempts any pathway for Iran to obtain a nuclear device.
“We have to have the confidence that we can detect any type of cheating on behalf of the Iranians,” said Reed. “In fact, frankly, we should go into this eyes wide open, assuming that if they have the opportunity they very well might. So we have to have very good mechanisms to double and triple check what they’re doing.”
Reed said the president’s nuclear deal with Iran could prove to be as important as the decision about whether to go to war in Iraq.
Reed is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former army paratrooper.
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