Congressional Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Status of Talks and the Role of Congress


Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee’s ranking member:

“Iran needs to know that there will be consequences for failure – and that consequence will be additional sanctions,”

“Up until now, Iran has not been motivated to make tough decisions. I hope that there will be an agreement in March, but I also believe we need to make clear that there are consequences to no-deal – and that means being prepared to act.”

“Iran is clearly taking steps that can only be interpreted as provocative,”

“It seems that we’re allowing Iran to shuffle the deck and deal the cards in this negotiation and that we’re playing dealer’s choice. Frankly, that’s not good enough. We need to get into the game.”

“The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran…And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they are the ones with the original sin.”

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Time: 09:30 AM

Location: Senate Dirksen 419

Presiding: Senator Corker

Watch the full hearing here


  1. The Honorable Antony J. Blinken
    Deputy Secretary Of State
    U.S. Department of State
    Washington , DC
  2. The Honorable David S. Cohen
    Under Secretary For Terrorism And Financial Intelligence
    U.S. Department of Treasury
    Washington , DC

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