WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart and Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch released critical statements after President Obama announced he had reached an agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons.
Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and a former Air Force B1 bomber pilot, said the agreements put America in “alignment with the world’s foremost sponsor of terror.”
This is an incredibly dangerous agreement, and Congress must do everything in its power to stop it. We have completely abandoned our policy of prohibiting Iran from developing nuclear weapons and instead put forward an agreement that guarantees that they will. In an utter failure of leadership, the president has conceded to Iran on all of the most important issues: anytime/anywhere inspections, the lifting of the arms embargo and a ban on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles.
The deal will also lift sanctions immediately, giving access to more than $100 billion in frozen assets, which the Iranians will certainly use to finance their terrorist activities throughout the world. This is why we are seeing intense opposition to the deal from both Republicans and Democrats, who all understand that the president is being naive.
Lee will be taking the next 60 days to review the agreement. Lee said:
I am concerned that in the administration’s desperation to reach an agreement, compromises were made on important standards, such as inspections and verification procedures, and that the immediate sanctions relief provided by this deal will only increase Iran’s ability to finance its terrorist proxies to destabilize the Middle East and threaten the United States.
Hatch, the senior Republican in the U.S. Senate, was a co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
For decades, the Iranian regime has been dangerous in its aims and duplicitous in its quest for nuclear weapons. Any deal that removes sanctions without robust means of ensuring the regime’s disarmament and compliance with its international obligations is worse than no deal at all. Empowered by the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that we passed into law earlier this year, Congress must fully scrutinize this agreement and must not hesitate to oppose the deal if it endangers the security of the United States or our allies in the region.
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