Representative Mike Turner (R-Ohio.) said on Sunday that Congress should consider introducing a travel ban on Iran.
During an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Turner, who is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, told moderator Margret Brennan that he would support a broader diplomatic deal and negotiations between the US and Iran that would ultimately support progress in Iran’s nuclear program.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was scrapped by the then-Trump administration three years later, when the former president pulled out of the agreement.
“But the terms of the deal are definitely important because, you know, the last time we had an inadequate inspection regime, we had critical terms expiring,” Turner told Brennan.
“In this case, they seem to be aiming for a deal that would be informal, not subject to congressional oversight, because we wouldn’t know all the terms,” Turner added, noting that lawmakers don’t want a secret deal with Iran. .
When Brennan asked if Congress should introduce a travel ban to Iran, Turner replied that a travel ban should be considered.
“I think it — it is — it definitely needs to be considered,” Turner said. “I think the… I know you’re going to get one of the relatives of one of the detainees and I think her message is incredibly important: people shouldn’t go to Iran.”
Turner’s comments come after the Biden administration reached a tentative deal with Iran last week over the release of five detained Americans and an unknown number of Iranian prisoners in the US.
When asked about the preliminary agreement, Turner said lawmakers want the government to “work diligently to bring Americans home Americans, be it Iran or Russia or elsewhere, and our hearts certainly go out to them.”
“But in this case, the administration is signaling that this is part of a broader deal related to Iran’s enrichment program and if that turns into a secret deal then obviously that’s a major concern for Congress,” Turner said.
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