The White House says world powers negotiating with Iran are pursuing an agreement that would offer some sanctions relief if Iran halts and possibly reverses parts of its nuclear program.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the first step would deal with Iran's most advanced nuclear activities. The goals would be to increase transparency and create more time for further negotiations.
Carney says in exchange, the world powers would consider targeted and limited sanctions relief. He says the relief would be reversible, and sanctions could even be ratcheted up, if Iran breaks its word.
Idaho Senator Jim Risch thinks the deal is a bad idea. In a statement released Friday Risch said:
"I am deeply troubled that Secretary Kerry would rush to Geneva to enter into a deal with the Iranians, which by all accounts is temporary, incomplete, and a bad deal," said Risch. "The idea of a temporary deal is a broken record we have listened to before.
“Ten years ago, Rouhani, who is now president, used negotiations to buy time for Iran to develop its nuclear weapons program. Since then, the United States and its allies have imposed crippling sanctions on Iran that Iran desperately wants lifted.
“In the absence of a permanent deal, where they fully disclose and verifiably cease weapons related activities, any "deal" will fall disastrously short, give Iran what it desires, guarantee the West will have to live with a nuclear Iran, and abandon our closest ally - Israel. The Obama administration is about to make another colossal blunder in the Middle East."