U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley was one of the Republicans who spoke out against the Iran Nuclear Agreement on the Senate floor Thursday. Iowa’s senior senator says the agreement threatens the security of the U.S., Israel and other western European allies, as it doesn’t go far enough to limit Iran’s access to nuclear capability.
One of Grassley’s complaints is that the deal makes international inspectors wait up to 24 days before having access to certain sites. Grassley says Iran will use this time to “hide prohibited activities.”
"Iran has a track record of cheating," says Grassley. "This deal allows Iran to stonewall inspectors."
The State Department says the deal ensures 24/7 monitoring of Iran’s key nuclear facilities. At this point there are enough Senators to filibuster a disapproval resolution of the agreement and prevent it from passing.
Update at 4pm: Republicans this afternoon failed to come up with the 60 votes needed to end debate on the motion to disapprove of the Iran deal. Some insist their next move will be to ask the courts to overturn it.