U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after Senate leadership received a briefing from the Obama Administration Wednesday on Iran and its nuclear weapons program:
"It is clear that a deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program by July 20 is extremely unlikely, and it’s equally unlikely an acceptable deal will be reached six months later. To continue enriching uranium, the Iranians want to build 30,000 more centrifuges than they have today. At the same time, we need them to dismantle 15,000 of the ones already in existence to ensure they won’t have a breakout capability to build a nuclear weapon. That means we’re 45,000 centrifuges apart in our demands. We are clearly nowhere close to a deal. Even if we could limit the centrifuges, we have no assurances that the Iranians won't then construct a secret facility to build nuclear weapons, which they’ve done twice before. While Iran is under new leadership, any deal is likely to be complicated by a regime that will continue to limit international monitoring and the ability to verify compliance with agreement restrictions."