Senator Charles Schumer says he's not happy with a deal to temporarily limit Iran's nuclear program, saying that it doesn't ask enough of Iran. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Brooklyn resident Sadra Shahab says his whole family is in Iran. He says his loved ones welcome this weekend's international agreement with hope their isolation as a country will end.
"Everyone is being impacted by sanctions from the price of basic goods that you have to buy every day to the price of sending money to a university student you have outside of Iran," Shahab said.
An Iranian citizen who came to the U.S. on a student visa, he says the U.S. granted him political asylum because of his anti-regime activism and he's against nuclear weapons everywhere.
"I would not like to see my government to be added to the list of other governments who own nuclear weapons," Shahab said.
Senator Charles Schumer agrees.
"I just worry that this deal makes it harder to get to the ultimate goal: Eliminating Iran's nuclear capability," he said.
Schumer says the agreement doesn't ask enough of Iran and that the international community should have made easing sanctions contingent on Iran reducing nuclear capabilities, not just freezing progress.
"The people who are directly on the front lines who would most immediately be susceptible to an Iranian nuclear attack are Israel but also Saudi Arabia and many of the other Gulf states. They are united in feeling this deal is not proportionate," Schumer said.
However, some of Schumer's constituents in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg seemed pleased that an agreement was reached while others are skeptical of the deal makers.
"Maybe the state of Israel will not realize that but we are very proud of that," said one Williamsburg resident.
"I think the deal makers use their brains," said another Williamsburg resident.
"It's a political game," said a third Williamsburg resident.
Game or not, Shahab said he sees this as a net positive: Two governments at odds now agree while the lives of his loved ones might improve.
"This is a very rare moment," he noted.
Despite the international agreement Senator Schumer says he will seek to pass new sanctions when the Senate reconvenes in December.