Republican senators demand answers from Kerry on Iran

A group of 31 senators warned Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE against making any nuclear concessions to Iran that would pose a threat to the U.S.

In a letter spearheaded by Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkOn the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' Why Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry MORE (R-Ill.), the senators expressed grave concern over "troubling" reports that the administration is considering a deal that would allow Iranian nuclear centrifuges to be "disconnected" instead of "dismantled.

“We have learned that the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners may now be offering troubling nuclear concessions to Iran in the hopes of rapidly concluding negotiations for a ‘deal’,” the lawmakers wrote to Kerry. “Given that a nuclear Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to the security of the United States, Israel, and other allies, we are gravely concerned about the possibility of any new agreement that, in return for further relief of U.S.-led international sanctions, would allow Iran to produce explosive nuclear material.”

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In a statement Saturday, Kirk said Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her team "are getting desperate, floating these so-called ‘creative solutions’ to hide the fact that they haven’t gotten Iran to agree to a single irreversible step to eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons capability.”

As world leaders begin a new round of talks aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, the deadline to reach a deal by Nov. 24 is just months away.

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