US Republican Senator Bob Corker has called on President Barack Obama to stop the nuclear negotiations with Iran and not to make a “bad deal” with the country.
Corker in a letter on Monday asked the US president to “please pause and consider rethinking the entire approach.”
“Walking away from a bad deal at this point would take courage, but it would be the best thing for the United States, the region and the world,” the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee claimed.
Washington and its negotiating partners are in talks with Tehran in order to finalize a comprehensive nuclear agreement by the end of this month.
Critics in the United States accuse the Obama administration of trying to reach a “bad deal” with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
“I understand the dynamics that can develop when a group believes they are close to a deal and how your aides may view this as a major legacy accomplishment. However, as you know, the stakes here are incredibly high and the security implications of these negotiations are difficult to overstate,” Corker said in his letter to Obama.
In an interview with the Boston Globe published on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he is “hopeful” about the talks.
“I’ve never said optimistic. I’ve always said hopeful. I’m hopeful,” said Kerry, who would join the negotiations later this month.
“Could we get an agreement? For sure,” he said. “Could it fail? Yes.”
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are set to resume another round of expert-level nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Sunday that the lifting of all sanctions, the annulment of the United Nations’ resolutions against Iran and the continuation of the enrichment work as well as research and development activities are among Tehran’s red lines in the talks.