Sen. Bob Corker introduced legislation Thursday that would require Iran to comply with U.N. Security Council regulations and any initial deal reached by negotiators in Geneva, as well as sign off on a final agreement over its nuclear program before President Obama could remove additional sanctions against the country.
Negotiators from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany, and Iran are currently in Geneva trying to reach the first phase of a deal over Iran's nuclear program. The interim agreement is expected to trade limited sanctions relief in exchange for Iran not advancing its nuclear program beyond current levels.
Corker's legislation hits at a widespread concern among some members of Congress that even if an initial deal is reached, Iran will walk away from negotiations before a long-term agreement is made on its nuclear program. Under the Tennessee Republican's legislation, the administration has 60 days to reach an interim deal with Iran, and 180 days to reach a final agreement.
Corker's decision to move forward with a bill follows comments made earlier Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that the Senate will take up legislation to increase sanctions against Iran after the Thanksgiving recess.
"Whatever the outcome in Geneva may be this week, I'm hopeful the Senate will work in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen the position of the U.S. in these negotiations so we can reach a final status agreement that will prevent the Iranians from ever developing a nuclear weapon," Corker said in a statement.
He noted that, under the legislation, any sanctions lifted could be reinstated if Iran fails to comply with the interim agreement, final agreement, or any U.N. Security Council resolutions.