Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said on Aug. 10 that the U.S. should attempt to get a better nuclear deal with Iran because the recently announced agreement has too many flaws.
Schumer, who previously announced his opposition to the deal — much to the dismay of his fellow Democrats — said that the current deal allows too easily for Iran’s “ugly, dictatorial, theocratic regime” to continue for another decade.
The deal, according to Schumer, could allow the country to get rid of sanctions while continuing its dictatorial rule.
“I believe we should go back and try to get a better deal,” he said. “The nations of the world should join us in that.”
Schumer also detailed how he came to his controversial position against the long-negotiated nuclear deal.
“If you believe the Iranian regime may change, then you say OK, it’s a gamble,” he said.
“But if you think they’re going to be the same horrible regime they are now, you don’t want the United States and the other nations of the world putting the stamp of approval on Iran being a threshold nuclear state.”
Secretary of State John Kerry rejected Schumer’s call for a renegotiation on Aug. 10.
“It’s absurd to say we’ll get a better deal,” he said, adding that Iran “won’t come back” to the table to negotiate.