POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss seeks answers on Iran


Saxby Chambliss

Since President Obama announced a compromise with Iran over its nuclear agenda, Georgia’s U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has been a key figure in the debate.

Chambliss, the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was quick to express his disapproval of the deal.

“Now is not the time to ease sanctions when they are working,” he said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “We’ve got all the leverage in the negotiation and we’ve let them out of the trap.”

On Tuesday, Chambliss was among a group of senators who sent a letter this week urging federal officials for verifiability of the administration’s agreement.

With eight other Republicans, Chambliss is urging Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez, D-Fla., and Ranking Member Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to request the study from the secretary of state, as current law states that the chairman or ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee may request reports on the verifiability of any arms control, nonproliferation or disarmament proposals.

“Verification and compliance, as well as the fortitude to publicly identify and address non-compliance, represent the foundation of any successful arms control or disarmament agreement,” the senators wrote in the letter. “We respectfully urge you to request this verification assessment from the Secretary of State and to make this report available to the Senate Committees on Intelligence, armed services and banking. Given Iran’s history of non-compliance, we believe this is not only a prudent step, but a sensible and necessary element of congressional oversight.”

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