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Rep Zeldin: Obama Foreign Policy Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

April 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-01) released the following statement following today's update on the Iran nuclear negotiations. Congressman Zeldin, Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade:
 
“Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, has not been negotiating in good faith. While blowing up mock U.S. warships, overthrowing foreign governments and pledging to wipe Israel off the map, the President of the United States has been hell bent on cutting a deal with Iran by March 31st, just to cut a deal.
 
This is what a bad deal looks like: Allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium and developing centrifuges, in any capacity, while the United States makes permanent concessions in exchange for temporary concessions on the part of the Iranians. Not a single nuclear facility in Iran will be closed. Who knows if the Iranians will even allow the necessary access to weapons inspectors or acknowledge all the terms of the final agreement. It should be noted that Iran has ample leverage at the U.N. Security Council considering Russia's vote. What we do know is that these negotiations are on pace to trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
 
Although Iran claims they are developing nuclear capability only for peaceful purposes, it’s hard to believe them when they have shown absolutely zero indication whatsoever of a genuine willingness to abandon its nuclear program, while they continue to act in bad faith and bring instability to the Middle East. Furthermore, this bad 'agreement' didn't even touch on Iran's development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).
 
What else will the United States concede to in this 'deal' over the next few months?
 
A bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all. Today America and our allies have been set backwards in the noble quest to secure the free world.”