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President Asks Iran Nuke Deal Critics, "What's Your Alternative?", Rep. Zeldin Answers

July 15, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-01), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, responded to a question just asked by President Obama at a White House Press Conference, "What's your alternative?", to critics of the Iran nuclear deal. The President claimed that the only alternative to this new deal is war. In response, Congressman Zeldin released the following statement:

“Here's an alternative other than war: A better deal. Here are 10 suggestions of what a better deal looks like:

-One that doesn't make a slew of permanent concessions on our side in exchange for temporary concessions on the part of the Iranians;

-Doesn't lift the ban on arms sales to Iran;

-Doesn't reduce in 10 years Iran's breakout time to 0 days to have a nuclear bomb;

-Frees U.S. citizens being unjustly imprisoned by Iran;

-Penalizes Iran financially for any activity to overthrow foreign governments and sponsor terror. Keep money in escrow as an insurance policy to ensure compliance;

-Doesn't trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East;

-If Iran won't agree to eliminate their stock piles of uranium and centrifuges than it must at the very least be reduced to no more than what is absolutely necessary for peaceful use;

-Stops Iran's development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs);

-Actually gives 24/7 anytime, anywhere inspections of Iran's nuclear sites. The current agreement has a convoluted process that absolutely does not, contrary to what President Obama alleges, provide for 24/7 anytime, anywhere inspections;

-Iranian leadership agrees to stop blowing up mock U.S. warships in military exercises, pledging to wipe Israel off the map, and preaching "Death to America".

The irony of the President's capitulation is that this bad deal will pave the path to more instability in the Middle East, not less.

The Iranians are at the table desperate for sanctions relief. They are not there as freedom loving good citizens of the world. The Iranians are not at the table, because they fear the military option. The leverage is sanctions relief.

That brought the Iranians to the table, which is proof the sanctions were working. So with a strong hand, negotiate a better deal. The American public must reject this deal. The Obama administration must be forced to reverse course. America's hand at the negotiating table must be strengthened.

Where is the leverage moving forward to tackle all of the many threatening actions of Iran if we agree to eliminate the sanctions? Asking nicely is not leverage

There is an alternative to a bad deal. For the security of America and the stability of the Middle East, we must pursue a better direction immediately."