Nov. 19 - After meeting President Barack Obama, Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, voiced concern about how the U.S. plans to negotiate about Iran's nuclear ambitions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama met with senators from both parties on Tuesday to try to convince them hold off on more sanctions to allow time to pursue a diplomatic deal. U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said, "Well, I think all of us are concerned. We know who we are dealing with and, you know, we watched this same type of activity occur in North Korea, where you begin to alleviate sanctions, and I think the concern is that whatever you do on the interim basis becomes the new norm, that in fact, that is, in fact, the deal, and there's a great concern about that." Obama warned lawmakers that Iran would make progress in its ability to build a nuclear weapon if there is no diplomatic deal to halt or roll back its nuclear program and urged Congress to hold off on tightening sanctions against Teheran while talks continue. The United States and five other nations are negotiating a proposal that would ease economic sanctions imposed on Iran if it suspends some parts of a program that many countries, particularly in the West, fear is aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability. As diplomats headed to Geneva for a third round of talks this week, members of Congress have been debating behind closed doors whether to go ahead with the new set of stricter economic sanctions on Iran relating to its nuclear program. Iran has denied that it wants to develop atomic weapons capability, saying its nuclear program is limited to the peaceful generation of electricity and other civilian uses.