Senator Who Authored Letter to Iran Has 'No Regrets'

| by Ethan Brown
Sen. Tom Cotton.Sen. Tom Cotton.

Sen. Tom Cotton continued to support the controversial letter that he and 46 other Republicans in the U.S. Senate sent to leaders of Iran earlier this month, despite numerous objections from the White House and Democrats.

The letter threatened that any deal struck between Iran and the U.S. could be voided when a new president is elected in 2016. 

In an interview on March 15 with CBS’s Bob Schieffer, the Arkansas senator voiced his beliefs of the importance of sending a letter to the nation.

"It’s so important we communicated this message straight to Iran. No regrets at all."

Despite 47 of the 54 Republicans in the U.S. Senate signing the bill, many later took back their support after top officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, voiced their objection to the letter. Also, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammed Zarif, labeled the letter a “propaganda ploy.” Since the letter was sent to Iran, the U.S. has been criticized by nations all over the world about a lack of leadership. 

Despite all the negative reactions, Cotton still continued to issue threats against Iran.

“If (the Iranians) bluff this week, call their bluff. The Congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions,” said the senator.

Cotton was referring to the continued talks between U.S. and Iranian leaders, which are now moving towards a March 24 deadline. The Obama administration has said the goal is to have the new negotiations implemented by June.

Critics of the letter hit back against Cotton, one being Kerry. The secretary of state told CBS News on March 15 that Cotton’s actions were “unconstitutional, un-though-out action by somebody who has been in the United States Senate for 60-something days.”

Moderate Democrats remained skeptical of the letter. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin spoke out against Cotton’s actions.

“I think it was wrong. I would not have signed it, but I was not approached,” said the senator on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Sources: CBS News, Fox News, CNN

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