Republicans On Iran Talks ➠ Pull The Plug!
Republicans are increasingly calling for an end to the Obama administration’s efforts to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, even as Secretary of State John Kerry remained behind in Switzerland two days past the March 31 deadline for reaching that deal.
The State Department said Kerry would remain in Switzerland at least through Thursday morning to see if any progress can be made. While he kept trying, the foreign ministers from China, France and Russia had already left — China and France said not enough progress was being made.
By mid-afternoon Switzerland time, the State Department had not made any announcement about whether it would extend the effort for another day, whether any progress was made, or whether it would abandon the effort. State has not had a formal press briefing since Monday, and at last check, officials were indicating they would not extend the talks indefinitely.
Acting State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said negotiators talked until 6 a.m. Thursday morning in Switzerland, and resumed about four hours later.
For those keeping track, it’s 6am in Lausanne. That was truly an all-nighter. #IranTalks
— Marie Harf (@marieharf) April 2, 2015
Some Senate Republicans were saying this week that enough is enough, and that extending the talks again and again was a sign that the U.S. would be making unacceptable concessions just to get a deal.
“The longer the Obama administration stays at the negotiating table with Iran, the more concessions they make,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “We have recently learned Tehran is insisting on sanctions relief before IAEA inspectors are given full access to inspect potential military elements of the nuclear program; that Tehran will continue enrichment activities at military facilities; and that Tehran plans to retain its entire nuclear stockpile rather than relinquish any of it to outside countries.”
“And now the commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has reportedly said that ‘erasing Israel off the map’ is ‘nonnegotiable,’ ” Cruz added. “Enough is enough. The Obama administration’s bad deal is only getting worse with time. Iran’s nuclear build-up profoundly endangers the security of America and our allies.” More