Hoyer calls Iran deal a 'marginal improvement'

The No. 2 Democrat in the House called the Iran nuclear agreement a “marginal improvement,” noting that it would continue major sanctions.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), echoing comments from Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBringing the American election experience to Democratic Republic of the Congo Some Dems sizzle, others see their stock fall on road to 2020 The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, also stressed that the United States had not taken a military option off the table and needed to wait and see how the next six months unfolds.

“We don’t trust Iran,” Hoyer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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“We need to verify that they are in fact are going to do what they say they’re going to do.”

Hoyer also endorsed the idea of Congress passing a tough sanctions bill that wouldn’t go into place for six months, something that Republicans have also floated.

Hoyer said that approach would tell Iran that “we need a final deal – and if not a final deal, these tougher sanctions are going to go into place. Or: If you do not follow this interim agreement, those sanctions will go into place.”