Today, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican who represents the Kansas fourth district, appeared on the C-SPAN program Washington Journal to talk about the Iran nuclear deal. View video below, or click here to view at C-SPAN. Following the video is a press release from his office.
July 14, 2015
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Pompeo: Iran Nuclear Deal –- The More We Know, the Worse it Gets
Details on deal show how bad this deal really is
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) today released the following statement on an agreement reached between the United States and Iran that will allow Iran to develop a nuclear arsenal:
“Iran is a true threat against the U.S. and peace and stability in the region. Unfortunately, President Obama and Secretary Kerry – now with the support of former Secretary Clinton – have chosen to ignore this real and serious threat and settle for a bad deal that puts Americans at increased risk from Iranian terror. The more that Congress and the American people learn about what’s in this agreement, the more they will realize the disastrous impact this will have on our nation’s security and demand we reject this deal that provides dramatic sanction relief, dismantles the arms embargo, and funds the development of a nuclear weapon for the largest state-sponsor of terror in the world.
“President Obama could have secured a deal that actually stopped Iranian nuclear weapon development, but he failed to do so. Now is the time for the U.S. Congress to step-up and kill this deal. We have to go back to the negotiating table and secure a good deal for the American people and global security.”
The following are some of the problems that would result from this agreement:
- Sanctions lifted provide life-line to Iranian regime. With sanction relief provided to Iran nearly immediately after the deal is signed, Iran will get access to around $100 billion in frozen assets and access to world markets to rebuild its economy. Additionally, specific and dangerous individuals will be removed from the sanctions list, including the commander of the IRGC Quds force, General Qassem Soleimani. The Quds force has been responsible for the murder of American servicemen and women. With the Iranian economy on the brink of collapse, which could have decimated the Iranian regime, this deal throws the Mullahs a lifeline.
- Allows Iran to continue nuclear weapon development. In exchange for sanction relief, Iran gets to continue to build its nuclear weapons program. Even if the Iranians actually abide by the agreement – let us not forget they already violated the interim agreement – this deal does not stop the Iranians from enriching uranium, building more advanced centrifuges (which will shorten the break-out time for nuclear weapons development), and developing more advanced ballistic missile technologies.
- Doesn’t stop Iranian terrorist attacks. This agreement places no conditions on Iran’s terrorist activities around the world, including against our own military men and women. In fact, the sanctions relief will provide the regime with billions of dollars to fund additional terrorist activities.
- Lifts the Missile and Arms Embargo. While the conventional arms embargo is slated to last five years and the ballistic missile embargo to last eight, the deal allows the embargo to be lifted much sooner with the a simple approval from an international organization (the IAEA).
- Verification is too weak. The verification process outlined in the agreement fails several key tests. First, the IAEA only has access to declared nuclear facilities, meaning it does not have access to military or suspected sites.If the Iranians are going to continue to their nuclear weapons program, they will likely do it at the sites not inspected by the IAEA. This verification is destined to fail.
- Fails to secure the release of any of the four American hostages.