…After a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal.
The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to 15 years, it would leave Iran with the option to produce enough enriched fuel for a nuclear weapon in a short time.
The JCPOA would provide this legal path to a country that remains a rogue state and has violated its international nonproliferation obligations for years. It would provide Iran with international endorsement of an industrial-scale nuclear program. Worse, Iran would be economically strengthened by frighteningly quick relief from sanctions and international economic engagement. If Iran violates the agreement, building international support for new sanctions would take too long to be effective. A military response in this scenario would be more likely, although disastrous.
The agreement talks about normalization of economic relations with Iran and states that the parties shall “implement this JCPOA in good faith . . . based on mutual respect.” But there cannot be respect for a country that actively foments regional instability, advocates for Israel’s destruction, kills the innocent and shouts “Death to America.” Read Senator Ben Cardin’s full statement at Medium.
In the wake of President Obama receiving enough support in the Senate to uphold his disastrous Iran nuclear deal, the free world is now facing an invigorated foe. Tehran’s tyrants no doubt believe that they have won.
But we must be fearless, we must stand up and we must fight on. And that is precisely what CUFI intends to do. First of all, we will continue to fight for every Democratic vote to ensure that President Obama will be forced to use his veto. In addition, we will continue to fight against Iran’s support of international terrorism. While the Iran nuclear deal inhibits our ability to sanction Iran for its nuclear activities, the Islamic Republic remains the world’s leading sponsor of terror. And this leading sponsor of terror will soon receive billions more with which to spread death and destruction. CUFI will lead the charge in efforts to sanction Iran for its backing of organizations like Hezbollah, Hamas and those who have killed so many of our soldiers in Iraq.
Finally, the sequence of events that led up to the now imminent advancement of the Iran nuclear agreement has brought into stark relief the old axiom that elections have consequences. We can never again allow a president so disconnected from the realities of the Middle East to occupy the White House. Therefore, we simply cannot sit and watch as people who share our values sit at home on Election Day.
The fight is not over. Do not cower; do not lick your wounds, do not throw up your hands. Rather, be outraged and join us as we fight on.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday “there will be no deal” if world powers insist on suspending rather than lifting sanctions as part of a landmark nuclear agreement, and said it is up to Iran’s parliament, and not him, to approve or reject it.
His remarks, read aloud by a state TV anchorman, mark the first official comment on the deal since U.S. President Barack Obama secured enough support to prevent the Republican-led Congress from blocking it.
Khamenei has yet to express a clear opinion on the deal clinched in July, which would curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions.
Khamenei said some U.S. officials have spoken of the “suspension” of sanctions, which he said is unacceptable.
“If the sanctions are going to be suspended, then we will also fulfil our obligations on the ground at the level of suspension and not in a fundamental way,” he said. Read more at US News & World Report.
PM says it is ‘important’ to show the American public ‘that Iran is the US’s enemy,’ while Israel is its ally
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Thursday his high-profile campaign to defeat the Iran nuclear deal after US President Barack Obama secured enough backing to keep Congress from blocking it.
Netanyahu has repeatedly spoken out strongly against the agreement between Iran and six major powers aimed at rolling back the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, even appearing before Congress in March.
On Wednesday, Obama earned sufficient backing in Congress to uphold his veto should lawmakers pass a resolution that disapproves the deal.
Netanyahu, whose political opponents accuse him of damaging Israel’s relationship with its key US ally, said Thursday it had been important for him to highlight the Jewish state’s concerns.
The prime minister has regularly argued that the deal would not block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons. Read more at Times of Israel.