Stewart, Lee, Hatch comment on Iran nuclear deal

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.”

Stewart said:

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.

Hatch said:

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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  • Brian July 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

    So it makes no sense, will damage US jobs, strengthens a corrupt foreign government that hates our guts, ignores all common sense and history, and will likely lead to the nuclear destruction of one or more nations in the future (possibly including ours). As long as its good PR, what’s a little treason among frenemies? Besides, it’s the permanent MO the last 7 years, everyone else first, American’s last (at least as long as actions speak louder than words).

  • KarenS July 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    If you google what nuclear experts say about the Iran deal, they think it is a good one as far as delaying Iran’s nuclear plans. What we have had in place is nothing and it was only the sanctions that brought Iran to the table. Most reasonable people think that if there was no deal made that the sanctions would fall apart. It is hard to imagine how the US could increase sanctions on its own. They would fail without the coalition we have had. The only other choice is war with Iran. I don’t know about anyone else, but that seems like a strategy that would fail and end up with ISIS even stronger.

    • mesaman July 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      “The only other choice is war with Iran”. Shame on you for being as deceitful as your imposter-in-chief. You have determined the number of options, and what are your credentials to serve up such blather> I’ve been googling the experts on delaying the bomb in Iran and, again, deceit. Google simply offers sites of the various media sources and I can’t see where you concluded they thought “it was a good one”. But we shouldn’t worry, Bammie has told the truth all along.

  • fun bag July 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Let’s just hope the whole thing isn’t as stupid of an idea as the Bush II war to “bring freedom to the Iraqi people”. We all know how well that one turned out…

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