No Iranian enrichment, key lawmakers say

Two lawmakers who handle intelligence issues say President Obama’s willingness to accept a peaceful nuclear program with Iran, which would include enrichment privileges, complicates negotiations. 

“I think the administration has to push for ... a peaceful program without enrichment. I wouldn’t begin the process by conceding anything on enrichment,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes Top Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes New York seeks authority to prosecute despite presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show on Sunday. Schiff serves on the House Select Intelligence Committee.

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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulRelations with Latin America sour under Trump GOP chair urges passage of Homeland Security cyber legislation Pa. GOP 'disappointed' by rep retiring after filing deadline MORE (R-Texas), who also appeared on the show, agreed with Schiff.

“I happen to agree with my colleague. If we can have a civilian program without nuclear enrichment, then fine. That’s the goal we both share on both sides of the aisle,” McCaul said.

These statements, however, differ from what President Obama described on Saturday at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum. 

"We can envision a comprehensive agreement that involves extraordinary constraints and verification mechanisms and intrusive inspections but that permits Iran to have a peaceful nuclear program," Obama said.

Two weeks ago, the U.S. reached a deal that slows Iran's nuclear program for the next six months. If Iran meets the interim deal’s requirements, a final deal could be achieved, but there’s only a 50-50 chance of that outcome, Obama added.

A final deal with no enrichment would not be realistic, Obama said, and would only happen in an “ideal world.”