November 24th, 2013
12:52 PM ET
10 months ago

Rogers: Iran deal rewards ‘very bad and dangerous behavior’

(CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the interim deal reached between world powers and Iran this weekend to slow its nuclear program sets a bad precedent.

“We have just rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior,” the Michigan Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” blasting the agreement’s provision that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium, even though it’s to a lower level.

In exchange, the United States agreed to slightly loosen sanctions against Iran - a move that Roger said chisels away at the United States’ leverage in the negotiations and gives Iran a “permission slip” to continue to enrich uranium.

“What have we done? We have taken away the one thing - we've given them just enough breathing room, the one thing that brought them to the table,” he said. “What is worrying about that is bipartisan opposition in Congress, very strong bipartisan opposition to the deal. Our Arab League partners don't like the deal. Israel doesn't like the deal.”

The deal says that the U.S. will provide $6 billion to $7 billion in sanction relief - just a drop in the bucket compared to the roughly $100 billion in foreign exchange holdings that are inaccessible to Iran because of sanctions, the White House says.

Rogers pointed to Iran’s role in terrorist activities in recent years, saying Tehran hasn’t signaled that it has abandoned those practices.

“We may have just encouraged more violence in the future than we have stopped. That's why I hope we reconsider where we're at,” he added.

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Sunday in a round of interviews that the new agreement doesn’t dismantle Iran’s nuclear program – but he said that’s the next step in the talks.

"While we go through these next six months, we will be negotiating the dismantling," he said on ABC. "But you can't always start where you want to wind up."

"You cannot sit there and pretend that you're just going to get the thing you want, while they (Iran) continue to move towards the program that they've been chasing," he said.

On “State of the Union,” Kerry said the world, including Israel, will be safer over the next six months than if the agreement had not been reached.

“We believe very strongly that because the Iranian nuclear program is actually set backwards and is actually locked into place in critical places, that that is better for Israel than if you were just continuing to go down the road and they rush towards a nuclear weapon,” he said.

Rogers’ counterpart on the other side of Capitol Hill, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, supported the agreement Sunday.

“By any standard, this agreement is a giant step forward and should not be undermined by additional sanctions at this time,” she said in a statement.

– CNN’s Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Blake

    This is an oppportunity and this deal is much like the North Korean one. The fact is if you don't want to go to war and don't have to go to war, attempts at peacemaking and diplomacy cost you nothing, especially if war could turn the entire world economy around. Just like North Korea the choices are this:

    – Do nothing but "punish" with sanctions, mutually threaten eachother, ramp up military presence/visibility: Eventually have hostilities break out and end up in a worst case scenario.
    – "Punish" with sanctions, but leave openings for talks, normalization of relations: Might still end up in War and a worst case scenario regardless, but you may also end up with a better position intelligence wise and politically. There's also the chance of a longterm improvement in relations, avoiding a war, hostilities etc. all together.

    The fact is there's little difference between 100 billion in sanctions and 93 billion in sanctions. The first 100 billion can be given credit for getting Iran to the table. The 7 billion relief was to give them room for making a "deal." The next step is what's important. This isn't a Chamberlain moment because he was making a deal to completely ignore the fact that Nazi Germany had built up all their armed forces beyond superpower status (which was banned by treaty to even build them up), had annexed multiple countries via threats, was expanding in power and was obviously trying to take over Europe.

    No one is seeking hostilities in this case since its a lose lose lose for everyone. Most of all Iran.

    November 24, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. John

    Surprised? Can you name even one example of any key GOP member agreeing with even one thing Obama has done? They even complained that he was in the White House, rather than on one of the helicopters, when Obama Bin Laden was captured/killed.......Their unanimous 100% opposition of EVERYTHING is getting a little unbelievable....

    November 24, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    How do these damn fools get elected in Michigan?

    November 24, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Thomas

    One step at a time " NEGOTIATIONS " .

    And the sad truth is , I trust Iran more then I trust Pakistan , and the truth is the Iranians trust us more then Pakistan , and Afghanistan . And Pakistan has a bomb ,

    November 24, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Joan

    Oh dear. This has been a bad week for the Republicans. the Obamacare website which was supposed to be the downfall of the US is starting to heal and people are starting to see that the vicious and depressing rhetoric by Republican leaders and some in the media was just that- rhetoric. Basically none of the good parts of the bill have been reported on yet the negative stories have been plentiful. Figures. This bill will end up helping millions of people and down the road will share the same respect as Medicare and Medicaid. Wait and see. The Republicans played the bully card for too long in the Senate by filibustering half of history's filibusters during the last five years. Got ya. The Dems decided not to take it anymore and draw attention for all to see what has been going on. Good for them . President Obama was the true Statesman and Commander in chief during the ceremony honouring the 50th anniversary of Pres. Kennedy's death and also at the Medals of Honour ceremony. He shows a lot of class under trying times. Also, the intelligent and long overdue deal with Iran has shown that giving peace a chance is definitely the best alternative against the "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran' mentality of McCain and other Republican leaders. Haven't they learned their lessons in Afghanistan and Iraq? Other EU countries have backed this deal too so are they all stupid too? Not on your life. Chemicals have almost been eradicated in Syria. Isn't that a positive thing? Yes. The Dow was over historic numbers recently. Another good sign. Oh dear, oh dear. Issa better find another policy to have another expensive and time consuming hearing about. Time's wasting!

    November 24, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Welcome to the neighborhood Mr. Rogers. What would you have us do? Go ahead and bomb them? Start World War III? Make them put their nose in a corner for an hour? Do you really believe Iraq was good behavior on our part? Do you think anybody in the Middle East should trust us? Total buffoon remark.

    November 24, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Evergreen

    At the end of six month we will see if Iran is living up to the agreement. If not, even stricter sanctions can then be implemented. Loosening sanctions does not mean sanctions can never be restarted.

    November 24, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Evergreen

    Bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11 and other attacks against the US was a Saudi, not an Iranian.

    November 24, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @Evergreen
    At the end of six month we will see if Iran is living up to the agreement. If not, even stricter sanctions can then be implemented. Loosening sanctions does not mean sanctions can never be restarted.

    ======

    Exactly !

    Your post is strait forward and true .

    November 24, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Amin

    You can understand Mike Rogers better if you understand his thinking on NSA. Snoop Doogg.

    November 24, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. simplyput

    Even democrats see the danger in taking the word of Iran. Israel disagrees with this, and they should know.

    November 24, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Well, they get elected because of Fraud. This brainless idiot better shut up. Most of these GOP idiots do not even know the difference between India and Pakistan. Israel playing nonsense. Grab Iran opportunity. It wants to be friend.

    November 24, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Look at the bright side. If Obama didn't get us nuked with his little Iran stunt, you'll still have your ObamaCaresLess.

    November 24, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    @Blake: Thank you for the synopsis; you hit the nail on the head. I doubt that the righties will pay any attention to this kind of reasoned observation, but then again, they elect the likes of Bachmann and think Cuban-Canadian Cruz could be elected POTUS (i.e., they don't have too many synapses firing).

    November 24, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Here we go again, with your little remarks..again like every night, about republicans, elected officials you know little or nothing about. Most of the Senate needs canned. And oh yes, there are a couple Republicans need thrown under the bus too. But make no mistake, CNN knows most of you were comming tonight jumping on the bandwagon with your rants against Republicans and the right in general. Talking crap way over your heads. But as long as you have a dictator and a leftist government to tell YOU what to say, where to go, what to buy, how to act, who to vote for, your in euphoria.

    November 24, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    There was noting mentioned about verification teams from the IAEA being able to go in to any where at any time with no obstructions. Once the Iranians fail to live up to their obligations, I say that we have double the sanctions and be group of ships that will be there to search every out going and in going ship to prevent illegal weapons and equipment going into and out of Iran.

    November 24, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |