Arizona Leaders Address Iran Deal

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. and international community have reached an agreement that willallow Iran a pathway to a nuclear weapon. Some of Arizona leader reacted to the news.

Rep. Raul Grijalva:

“The historic agreement struck today between the United States, our allies, and Iran is a triumph of international relations. President Obama, Secretary Kerry and our P5+1 partners have proven that there is a better paradigm for foreign engagement than the constant threat of military action: it’s called diplomacy. This deal is the responsible way to avert nuclear ambitions, and to ensure that we all share a safer and more peaceful world.”

Rep. Paul Gosar:

“The obvious and transparent desperation by the Obama Administration to strike a legacy-defining deal with Iran has put the United States in a position of weakness and vulnerability. We have gone from preventing, to managing, to encouraging Iran’s nuclear capabilities while scuttling every red line and breaking every goal established before these negotiations. The deal lifts sanctions almost immediately rather than tying them to verifiable progress; it does not allow for a sufficient inspections regime; fails to curb Iran’s ballistic missile program and it allows Iran to keep its advanced centrifuges. Even the arms embargo will become porous in the near term and will be completely lifted in five years—despite the fact that billions of dollars will be unfrozen for Iran to support terrorist organizations across the world. Each of these provisions makes this so called ‘deal’ unacceptable.

“The announced agreement is a historic mistake that will destabilize the region and jeopardize the security of the United States and our allies. Since the Obama Administration has failed to meet its own predetermined goals of these negotiations, the responsibility of rejecting this flawed ‘deal’ falls on Congress. I will lend my strongest support to the fast growing group of bipartisan members calling for the rejection of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Rep. Matt Salmon:

“Iran has proven time and time again that it can’t be trusted to meet its international obligations and agreements. I believe the Administration is naïve to suggest that the hundreds of billions of dollars Iran will gain access to through this agreement will not be used to continue the proliferation of terrorism across the globe. Despite the President’s bold statement that this agreement will ensure that ‘the Islamic Republic of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon,’ it actually puts them on a path towards legitimately developing and possessing a nuclear bomb in just 10 years. The consequences will further destabilize an already volatile Middle East, but will also pose a direct threat to U.S. national security. Finally, failure by Iran to release the three Americans they are holding prisoner or provide information on a fourth American that was last seen in Iran, is additional evidence that Iran is not serious about being a true partner going forward.

“This is a bad deal for America, our allies, and the world that seeks a more peaceful and stable Middle East. I will not support this agreement and I work tirelessly to convince my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same.”

Rep. Trent Franks:

For years we have watched in utter disbelief at the great lengths to which this Administration has gone in order to secure a deal at any price with Iran on their nuclear weapons program. As predicted, Barack Obama has capitulated to the lunatic leaders of Iran in a “peace in our time” deal with that will strengthen Iran’s ability to foment terrorism throughout the world as it has for the last 40 years.

Mr. Obama has now successfully negotiated away every nonnegotiable and struck a faulty deal that legitimizes Iran on the world stage. Most dangerous of all, Iran will now have a protected protocol to enrich uranium and produce plutonium on its own soil. This is an issue impossible to overstate.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, whose leadership envisions “a world without America,” has threatened to “wipe out Israel in a sea of fire.” It is to this nation that this administration has now bowed at the negotiating table.

Today the Prime Minister of Israel, our most trusted ally in the region said “obviously we are going to have to continue to prepare to defend ourselves by ourselves.” It is an absolute disgrace that this President has sacrificed the security and stability of this important ally and our greatest friend in the world, along with the entire human family on the altar of perceived international civility. This is a betrayal that history will never forget.

President Barack Obama is now the leading apologist in the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran. And it has now fallen upon Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, to be the leading voice for freedom in the world.

Rep. Martha McSally:

Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. They have the blood of Americans and our allies on their hands and show no signs of stopping their destabilizing actions in the region. During these negotiations, I joined my Arizona colleagues to outline specific requirements that needed to be included in any deal, such as “anytime, anywhere” inspections and the dismantling of infrastructure needed to cut off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon. I have serious concerns those requirements were not met.

Instead of dismantling Iran’s nuclear program, as was the Administration’s stated goal, this deal seems to keep it intact. It naively assumes Iran simply will stop supporting terrorism across the Middle East and threatening our close ally Israel, things it has done for decades. By removing sanctions, it eliminates all pressure for Iran to curb its destructive actions, while hastening their acquisition of ballistic missiles and other weapons.

The dangers of a bad deal cannot be overstated. A nuclear capable Iran will bolster their influence, further decay regional stability, and present a greater and more destructive threat to our security and that of our allies than ever before. Over the next 60 days, I will review this agreement and take action along with my colleagues as needed to protect Americans from a dangerous deal.

Sen. John McCain:

“While I will thoroughly review all of the details of this agreement, all signs point to this being a bad deal. The most concerning concessions – on sanctions, sunset, inspections and verification, research and development, and Iran’s enrichment capability, among others – were made long ago. To those concessions, it now appears that the Administration has made still more, especially the repeal of the international arms embargo on Iran. The result, I fear, is that this agreement will strengthen Iran’s ability to acquire conventional weapons and ballistic missiles, while retaining an industrial scale nuclear program, without any basic change to its malign activities in the Middle East.

“Ultimately, the problem with this agreement is that it is built far too much on hope – on the belief that somehow the Iranian government will fundamentally change in the next several years, such that it can be trusted with a growing arsenal, a huge influx of cash, and the infrastructure of a nuclear program. This is delusional and dangerous, especially as we see Iran on the offensive in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and elsewhere in the region. Instead, I fear this agreement could undermine the very goals we have maintained for 35 years – weakening the Islamic Republic, constraining its threatening influence, strengthening Israel and our Arab partners, lessening regional tensions, and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.”

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