On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Highlights Flaws and Dangers Of Iran Nuclear Deal; Says P5+1 Agreement Makes World Less Secure, Less Peaceful, More Unstable

Sep 11, 2015

On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Highlights Flaws and Dangers Of Iran Nuclear Deal; Says P5+1 Agreement Makes World Less Secure, Less Peaceful, More Unstable

“This deal will allow Iran to become nuclear capable in short order; it will allow Iran to grow and expand its military; it will allow Iran to continue with its support for terror. These facts are indisputable… this is madness. It simply defies logic, we must oppose this deal”

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statements on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the Iran nuclear deal. Statements by Ros-Lehtinen:

Mr. Speaker, the Iranian nuclear deal unacceptably lifts certain sanctions on individuals like:

·         Qasem Solemaini, the current commander of Iran’s Qods Force who is responsible for the deaths of at least hundreds of American servicemen and women in Iraq and is right now leading Iran’s efforts against US interests in the Middle East.

·         Ahmad Vahidi, the former Qods Force commander and Defense Minister, who is still wanted by Interpol for his role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina which claimed the lives of 85 people.

·         Also, the former head of Iran’s atomic energy agency and who was sanctioned by the UN for his nuclear and ballistic missile activities.

·         Also, Gerhard Wisser, the German engineer who facilitated the sale of nuclear equipment to North Korea, Iran and Libya and also

·         The former leader of Iran’s nuclear weapon program who has been described as Iran’s Dr. AQ Khan.

This is only a brief sample of the people that will have additional resources, access, and freedom to continue their terror and nuclear weapons activity as part of this unacceptable agreement.

We can and must get a better nuclear deal.

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Mr. Speaker, we need to ask ourselves if this nuclear deal with Iran makes the United States safer, does it make Israel safer, and does it make the world safer?

As a result of this deal, Iran will be nuclear capable and its neighbors will not be complacent knowing that Iran can produce a nuclear weapon. The billions of dollars that the regime is set to receive will undoubtedly go toward building its military capabilities – not to mention its support for terror and other illicit activities.

Because this deal jeopardizes Iran’s neighbors, the administration is promising Gulf countries military arms sales to defend against the increased Iranian threat. We then, will be the major proliferator of nuclear and conventional arms in the Middle East.

Do we really believe that arming an extremely unstable and violent Middle East region to the teeth and having a nuclear capable Iran, right there in the middle, will make us or the world safer?

The answer is clear, Mr. Speaker: this deal is dangerous, it is bad policy, we must oppose it.

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Mr. Speaker, this deal will allow Iran to become nuclear capable in short order; it will allow Iran to grow and expand its military; it will allow Iran to continue with its support for terror.

These facts are indisputable. What is also indisputable is that the regime in Tehran detests the United States, the West, and the democratic Jewish State of Israel – our steadfast partner. The Supreme Leader of Iran constantly incites chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Are we not listening?

Through its proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas, Iran seeks to make this threat into a reality. Earlier this week, Khamenei threatened that Israel will not exist in just 25 years. And because of this agreement, the regime will now have the weapons, it will now have the capabilities, to pose an even greater threat to us, to Israel and to our interests in the region.

Giving a regime that openly calls for, and works toward, our destruction and the destruction of Israel a path to nuclear weapons and increased conventional weapons capability isn’t just bad policy, it is dangerous. It is naive to think this nuclear deal with Iran won’t make us and the world less secure, less safe and less peaceful – and therefore, we must reject it.

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Mr. Speaker, after all of the hearings in our Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Mr. Royce and Mr. Engel, it is simple to realize what is before us today.

This deal paves the way for a nuclear armed Iran in as little as 15 years. This deal t lifts the arms embargo. This deal lifts the sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program. This deal releases billions of dollars that will allow the regime to increase funding to support terror – as it has been doing - to support its regional hegemonic ambitions.

And if all that were not bad enough, with this deal the P5+1 countries will actually be obligated to help Iran modernize and advance its nuclear program. Yes, you heard that right. This is important because this modernization requirement gets lost with all the other many flaws of this deal. We actually have an agreement to help Iran strengthen its ability to protect against nuclear security threats; to protect it against sabotage; to protect all the physical sites. Incredibly enough, we will be helping Iran with its nuclear program.

So now, not only do we have to allow Iran to enrich, not only do we have to allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state, but yes, we must actually protect Iran’s nuclear program from sabotage and outside threats.

Mr. Speaker, how does a rogue regime that’s been in violation of its Nonproliferation Treaty obligations for decades, a rogue regime that has been in violation of 1-2-3-4-5-6 United Nations Security Council resolutions, and a regime that violates other international obligations, get to be the beneficiary of such protections from the U.S and other P5+1 countries?

This is madness. It simply defies logic, we must oppose this deal, and let’s vote that way.

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