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 KerryOvernight Energy: Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process| EPA official directs agency to ramp up enforcement in overburdened communities | Meet Flint prosecutor Kym Worthy Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Feehery: Biden seems intent on repeating the same mistakes of Jimmy Carter 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.”


“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.”