Congressman of Largest Military District Tells Constituents He 'Wrestled' with Iran Deal Decision

Some callers were concerned about the U.S. government’s ability to prevent Iran from secretly developing a nuclear weapon.

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the “side-deal,” which the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency has reached with Iran, contains a massive loophole.

“In that deal, Iran would be self-verifying and self-inspecting this Parchin facility. In other words, weapons inspectors will not get physical assess to the site,” he said.

When asked if there is an alternative to the current agreement, Rigell said America’s “economic leverage,” along with its European allies, is sufficient at this time.

“We could continue to put enough pressure on this regime to say that the changes that we are asking for are serious and they are substantive but we are not asking to renegotiate the whole agreement,” he said.

Rigell said Congress has the option to modify the agreement.

“I’m confident in this. I’m saying that among the alternatives that are available to us, that one is the best alternative,” he said.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently warned Congress about the consequences of undermining the deal.

“If we are the ones who unilaterally undermine this agreement, it’s not going to be a very good day after. Again, it’s hard to imagine that we would not lose the unity of the international collaboration,” he said.