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Sen.-Elect Tom Cotton: 'Put an End' to Iran Nuclear Talks

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen.-elect Tom Cotton on Wednesday said it was time to “put an end” to the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

“I hope that Congress’ role will be to put an end to these negotiations. Iran is getting everything it wants in slow motion so why would they ever reach a final agreement?” Cotton, R-Ark., said during a roundtable with reporters.

“I think the adults in Congress need to step in early in the new year. And those are people in both parties,” he continued.

Cotton said the way to accomplish that would be to reimpose the economic sanctions that were relaxed as part of an interim deal with Iran so that negotiations could continue. He also said that, in the event the new talks’ deadline of July results in some sort of deal, the Senate should insist on a vote to approve the deal before the White House can move on implementing it.

“The White House can’t conduct an end run around Congress,” he said.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, who participated in the roundtable with Cotton, added that the United States and its allies should consider striking Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“In an unclassified setting, it is under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity. This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces,” Pompeo, R-Kan., said.

During the discussion, Cotton also said he fears Islamist extremists could team with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate the United States’ southern border, although he did not point to any evidence that was already occurring.

“They could collaborate on our southern border because it’s so porous and defenseless could easily be used by a terrorist to infiltrate and attack us. It’s obvious that anyone could penetrate our southern border to attack the United States,” he said.

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