Corker: Deal would ‘industrialize’ Iran’s nuke program

A key Republican on Saturday kept up his fight against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, with a key Senate vote on it looming next month.
Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerMcConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R-Tenn.), the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in the Republican weekly address that President Obama’s agreement would let Iran “industrialize” their nuclear program over time.
Lifting sanctions, which gives the country access to untapped resources, will only embolden its leaders to act out against the United States and Israel, he added. 
“As we evaluate this deal, we must understand the character and nature of the Iranian regime. This is the same regime that today remains the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Corker said. 
“Iran will go from a weakened state to an economically-robust country, without being forced to change any of its roguish, destructive behavior.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the upper chamber will vote on the accord when lawmakers return from recess next month. 
“It could be one of the most consequential votes we cast in our time in public service,” he said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) caused waves Thursday when he announced his opposition. A few other Democrats have also joined with Republicans, who are nearly unanimous in opposition. 
“Instead of the once-promised ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections, this agreement gives Iran nearly a month of advanced notice to hide any evidence of developing a nuclear weapon,” Corker said. 
“And this deal won’t allow a single U.S. inspector on the ground, relying on an arm of the UN to conduct those inspections,” he added.
He also referenced “secret side deals” that would allegedly restrict access for inspectors — which Obama has sought to debunk.
The United States has been working with Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China on the deal with Iran. It is seen as one of the last pieces of Obama’s legacy before he leaves the White House in 2017.
Opponents will need 60 votes in the Senate on the resolution of disapproval in order to ensure the bill cannot be filibustered by the deal’s supporters. 
At that point, Obama would almost certainly veto the disapproval. Republicans would need support of two-thirds of both the House and Senate to override the veto.
“There is perhaps no greater geopolitical issue facing the world today than preventing a nuclear-armed Iran,” Corker said. “And so we owe it to the American people to have a thorough and thoughtful debate.”