2014 FPI Forum: Stopping Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

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Stopping Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Incoming Chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post (Moderator)

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Key Quotes

“What Iran is urging the president to do is go ahead and temporarily suspend [sanctions]. They’re not concerned about whether Congress approves this or not, because they know that when he temporarily suspends, the deal is over. The international coalition is broken apart at that moment. And that’s why they have said directly to the administration [that] it doesn’t matter to them whether it’s permanently done. The temporary suspension meets their needs."

– Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

“I think we have to get them to come clean with what their past military dimensions were. I think that gives us some insights into the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and other operations that otherwise we would not get.”

– Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

 “I think the worst moment in U.S. foreign policy since I’ve been here, as far as signaling to the world where we were as a nation, was August a year ago, when we had a ten-hour operation that was getting ready to take place in Syria, and it didn’t happen. And not only did it not happen, we didn’t communicate with those folks who were going to be a part of it with us until they watched the president on CNN. That was devastating to us.”

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

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