Deal critic: Iran will cheat

Deal critic: Iran will cheat

Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' MORE (R-Ark.) warned Sunday that Iran will “cheat” on the nuclear agreement with the Obama administration and other power and could develop a nuclear weapon within a decade.

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He called on Congress to reject the Iranian nuclear deal, because the inspection, verification and enforcement procedures are “too weak” to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

“I think we have to assume that they will cheat on the deal,” Cotton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

"Ultimately, even if they obey every single detail of the deal, it puts them on the path to be a nuclear weapons state in eight to 10 years,” he added.

Cotton, who served in the Army on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before running for office, warned that Iran should not to be trusted.

"Iran is a terror-sponsoring, anti-American, outlaw regime,” Cotton said. "They’ve got the blood of hundreds of American soldiers and Marines on their hands.”

"If you think Iran is going to change their behavior in a decade, I can tell you how unlikely that is,” he added. "Because just nine years ago, they were trying to kill me and my soldiers. We were lucky, but hundreds of other American troops were not.