Pompeo on Slattery’s false statements about Iran nuclear deal

“Rep. Slattery pretends that rejecting this deal will be a diplomatic disaster. History shows the reverse — when Congress rejects deals brought to it by a President — better outcomes from negotiations follow. We must reject this deal.” From the office of U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican who represents the Kansas fourth district.

Pompeo on Slattery’s False Statements about Iran Nuclear Deal
September 2, 2015

Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
WICHITA – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) today responded to false claims about the Iran nuclear agreement made by former Congressman Jim Slattery (D-KS) at Washburn University in Topeka on Monday.  Kansans need to know the truth about this agreement.  Slattery’s comments follow his recent statement in favor of the deal that makes the “borderline anti-Semitic and deeply repugnant” suggestion — as Pompeo describes — that Republican opposition to the deal is based on winning the American Jewish community’s votes and campaign donations.

Slattery misrepresented several facts about the agreement.  Here are some excerpts from a Lawrence Journal-World article summarizing Slattery’s remarks, compared to the facts about this agreement:

LJ-W: “The deal, he [Slattery] said, allows inspectors from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency access to inspect its nuclear and military facilities to ensure compliance.”

FACT:

  • The secret side deals between Iran and the IAEA — which only the Mullahs are allowed to read—are reported to allow Iran to use its own inspectors at its critical Parchin facility.  So this site, long-believed to be the center of Iran’s military nuclear program, is off limits to IAEA professional inspectors.
  • The claim that the IAEA will have access to Iran’s military sites is false.  Ali Akar Velayati, one of Ayatollah Khamenei’s top advisors, appeared on television in July regarding U.N. inspections of Iran’s military sites, saying, “Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what.”

LJ-W: “In return, once Iran has met those conditions, Slattery said, western governments would release an estimated $150 billion in Iranian assets that have been held frozen since the Islamic Revolution toppled the former Shah’s government in 1979.”

Jim Slattery
Jim Slattery
FACT:

  • There is no “in return” side to this agreement.  This fall, before Iran fulfills any of its major obligations under the JCPOA, the U.S. has approved lifting of E.U. sanctions from hundreds of Iranian banks, transportation companies, nuclear research organizations, and other critical aspects of the Iranian economy.
  • Iran will reap a windfall that, by some estimates, will top $100 billion — a stunning sum considering Iran’s GDP was $415 billion in 2014.  The freedom these funds will provide to the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism cannot be overstated.  Even Susan Rice admits some of these funds will be used to expand terror.

LJ-W: “But [Slattery] said terrorism from the region that has been directed at the United States has come almost exclusively from Sunni extremists, and that Iran has been deeply engaged in trying to put down those movements in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.”

FACT:

  • Just days ago, Saudi authorities arrested Ahmed al-Mughassil, a terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list who was the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen in Saudi Arabia.  The U.S. indictment of al-Mughassil alleged that the Iranian government was intimately involved in the attack.
  • During his confirmation hearing for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunfordtestified that Iran was responsible for the death of at least 500 American service members.  Most of these fatalities were caused by sophisticated, and Iranian manufactured, Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs).  These deaths represent almost 15% of all U.S. service members were killed in action (KIA) during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
  • In 2011, Iran’s Quds Force members conspired to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States by setting off an explosive device in a crowded restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., as well as follow-on attacks at the Saudi and Israeli embassies.  Had this plot not been foiled by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement, it would have resulted in massive casualties.

LJ-W: “Slattery said, the deal has also been endorsed by Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. So even if the U.S. Congress rejects it, the rest of the international community will move forward anyway, negating any chance that Iran would return to the bargaining table to renegotiate.”

FACT:

  • U.S. unilateral sanctions can still be effective in encouraging Iran to come back to the negotiating table.  If the U.S. banned dollar transactions, Iran’s oil trade could be limited and the $150 billion windfall headed to Iran could be reduced.  U.S. banks on all weapons sales and ballistic missile development could slow Iran’s ability to make gains in its conventional weapons growth.  European businesses would certainly think twice about exposing themselves to secondary sanctions for doing business with Iran.

SLATTERY: “Without hesitation, I say that if this deal is implemented, and if it is verified, and if the Iranians do what they have committed to do, Israel is safer, the United States is safer, and the region is safer.”

FACT:

  • Even if Iran complies with all of its obligations, the key provisions of the deal expire after 15 years.  Iran will be vastly wealthier and have increased powerful conventional capability a more advanced nuclear capability.
  • Iran’s foreign ministry reaffirmed its support for Hamas and other terrorist groups who “stand on the frontline of war against the Zionist regime [and] would maintain their unity and integrity.”
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “We will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need and we will not ask for permission or abide by any resolution for that.”

Pompeo added, “Rep. Slattery pretends that rejecting this deal will be a diplomatic disaster.  History shows the reverse — when Congress rejects deals brought to it by a President — better outcomes from negotiations follow.  We must reject this deal.