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    The United States should reconsider its approach to the nuclear agreement with Iran if Tehran insists on changes to the preliminary deal reached in April 2015, said US senator Bob Corker.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In April 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, comprising the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom plus Germany, agreed with Iran on a framework deal to permit Tehran a peaceful nuclear program and gradually remove economic sanctions.

    Iran agreed to cut back uranium enrichment activities and decrease its number of centrifuges in exchange for sanctions relief.

    “I am alarmed by recent reports that your team may be considering allowing the deal to erode even further,” Senate Foreign Relations Commitee Chairman Bob Corker wrote in a letter to the US President Barack Obama on Monday. “If Iran tries to cross these few remaining red lines, I would urge you to please pause and consider rethinking the entire approach.”

    Corker argued Obama should walk away from the negotiations if Iran refuses inspectors access “anytime, anywhere.”

    “Walking away from a bad deal at this point would take courage, but it would be the best thing for the United States, the region and the world,” Corker said.

    In May 2015, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Tehran would not grant inspectors permission to examine the country’s military facilities or "interrogate" Iranian scientists.

    The deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is set for June 30, 2015.


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