IN Focus: Indiana senators discuss Iran nuclear deal

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Sen. Dan Coats discusses concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran, on this week's edition of IN Focus. 

Coats issued the following statement after news of the deal broks:

“This deal intends to slow down Iran’s march to nuclear weapons capability, but even the White House concedes that this agreement will not permanently stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Congress must determine what this deal does buy us and at what cost. I will carefully review the details, but I admit profound skepticism. The intentions of the Iranian regime have been revealed by decades of murderous aggression and lying deceit. This violence is the proven record of our negotiating partner, and all of Iran’s commitments must be evaluated in that light.

“Now that Congress has an opportunity to review the pending deal, every member must evaluate what it will mean for our nation’s security, both now and in the future, when the agreement’s terms have expired. We must not be persuaded by the coming public relations campaign that will trumpet a victory for diplomacy before we clearly know what our diplomats have given up in a desperate effort to get a deal. Similarly, we must not accept the false choice between a bad deal and war, which also will be part of the PR effort.

“If this proposed deal fails in any important respect, Congress must reject it. We then can enact more vigorous sanctions to persuade the Iranian leaders to reconsider their positions or persuade the Iranian people to reconsider their leaders.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) also issued the following statement:

“I believe a nuclear-armed Iran would be one of the most serious threats to our national security interests, and I have long-supported efforts—including sanctions—to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. In the days and weeks ahead, I will be reviewing the negotiated agreement and look forward to the Congressional review process.”