Gabbard: ‘Many’ In Congress Have ‘Great Concerns’ Over Iran Inspections

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said that “many of us” in Congress “still have great concerns” about inspections and verification in the Iran nuclear framework on Wednesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

“One very critical component of that, of which many of us still have great concerns is on the verification, on making sure that these inspections, the international community has the right to be able to inspect anywhere, any time, in Iran, without notice. This is kind of like if you think about a health department inspecting a restaurant.if you give them notice, if you give a restaurant notice that you’re going to show up and give them an inspection, things are probably going to look very different and cleaned up when you show up as opposed to when you have a no-notice inspection. We have to be able to verify that Iran is no longer pursuing nuclear weapon development” she stated.

She added that recognizing “we’ve got to stay very focused on what our goal is here and making sure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon or nuclear weapon capability” when asked whether the US should be pushing Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Gabbard continued, “I think if you look at the measure that will be coming from the House from the Senate, which is that compromised measure, which allows congress to review the deal, which allows Congress to have a very strong voice on a key component of this…which is sanctions.”

Gabbard concluded, “there’s a couple other important points here too, thought, that I think should be included in the next couple of months, as these negotiations continue, and that is that the military option is on the table today, and will continue to be on the table. There is recourse there. That option is available if Iran does not hold up their end of the bargain, and if they continue to pursue this nuclear weapons capability option. And the other thing is making sure that Iran [is not allowed] ever to have a breakout time of less than a year. Whether that’s now, or whether that’s in ten years, according to the framework the president’s putting forward. That time should not be reduced to any time less than a year.”

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