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‘Since when do we trust Iran?’ Cantor asks

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says the deal reached over the weekend with Iran is “dangerous,” and will help Iran become a nuclear power.

“I think this interim deal with Iran is, in fact, dangerous. It is a deal which brings Iran closer to becoming a nuclear power,” Cantor said Monday on “CBS This Morning.”

The deal, he said, falls “well short” of the U.N. Security Council resolution that called for no sanctions relief until Iran has suspended its enrichment of uranium.

“I think it bodes very, very ominously for the region and, in fact, for U.S. security,” Cantor added.

Early Sunday in Geneva, the United States, along with Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany, reached a deal with Iran that freezes its nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief for the next six months. The deal limits the amount of uranium Iran can enrich.

{mosads}If Iran complies with this interim deal, a final deal that would curb its nuclear program could be reached. 

Cantor rejected Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments on Sunday morning talk shows during which Kerry said, “We do not recognize a right to enrich.”

The deal contains “language which says that Iran will have some type of right to enrich,” Cantor said. 

“Since when do we trust Iran? Iran has demonstrated again and again it cannot be trusted. I believe that the attitude should be mistrust and verify,” he added Monday.

Kerry said, however, “None of this is based on trust. It’s not a question of trust.”

Cantor is among a slew of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill calling for renewed and tougher sanctions against Iran.

“We’ve got a real cost to us as we are now opening the door to the weakening of international sanctions that have been in place,” he said. 

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