Three Senate committee heads demand Iran nuclear deal updates
The Democratic heads of three powerful Senate committees have asked National Intelligence Director James Clapper for public disclosure by Dec. 12 of assessments of the effects a new round of sanctions may have on Secretary of State John Kerry’s current nuclear negotiations with Iran. They also demanded briefings on Iran’s compliance with the six-month agreement it reached with the P5+1 in Geneva to temporarily scale back its nuclear ambitions in return for a brief lifting of sanctions.
The request was sent to Clapper jointly by Senate Banking Chairman Tim Johnson, Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin.
“If the extensive inspection and verification system provided for in the agreement is executed faithfully, this will help to build confidence that, at least in the short term, Iran will be unable to pose a credible military threat to its neighbors in the region, including Israel,” the three senators wrote.