Oklahoma lawmakers have sharply criticized President Obama’s deal to allow nuclear weapons in Iran and to pump more than $140,000,000,000.00 in cash in Iran – the No. 1 sponsor of terrorism in the world.
Congress has 60 days to review the agreement and vote on a joint resolution of disapproval to prevent Obama from lifting the economic sanctions on Iran. If passed, the resolution of disapproval probably would be vetoed by Obama and then need a bipartisan vote to override that veto.
“While I will keep an open mind, let’s remember who we’re dealing with: Iran is the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma. “Tehran’s proxies effectively control four Middle Eastern countries: Yemen, Iraq, Lebano, and Syria. Iran continues to violate its Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty commitments and numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
A week before the agreement, top Iranian officials chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” in the streets of Tehran.
“A nuclear weapons-capable Iran is a threat to the United States and our allies, especially Israel, and a destabilizing force in the world’s most volatile region,” said Bridenstine. “As a nuclear threshold state, Iran would also spur nuclear weapons proliferation across the Middle East as its Sunni Arab neighbors attempt to deter Iranian aggression.
“I will not be complicit is paving Iran’s way to a nuclear weapons capability or a proliferated Middle East. No deal is better than a bad deal.”
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), criticized the agreement.
“The president’s deal with Iran failed to meet the only standard that ensures the future safety of America and its allies, which is the complete dismantling of Iran’s capability to build a nuclear bomb,” said Inhofe. “The U.S.-Iran agreement also entangles the inspection process in red tape that will ultimately result in no verification of Iran’s nuclear facilities. Instead, Iran will get roughly 24 days to prepare for an inspection and even then there is no certainty that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors will get full access. President Reagan’s method to diplomatic negotiations was trust but verify. This deal has no guarantee of verification.
“The president’s agreement with Iran will also put the Middle East on the brink of a nuclear arms race, which will further destabilize the region. In the meantime, the lifting of sanctions will infuse Iran with billions of dollars in assets and empower Iran with the ability to export more of its abundant energy resources.
“This will allow the international community to become dependent on Iran’s cheap energy, which in turn will make it more difficult to get them to re-impose sanctions the moment Iran violates the agreement, as we’ve seen in their lack of response to Russia’s recent aggression in Eastern Europe. I do not trust Iran who has been the leading state sponsor of terrorism for generations, and I have no faith that President Obama’s deal will change the irrational and dangerous behaviors of Iran’s government leaders.”
U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, voiced his doubts about the agreement.
“I have reasonable concerns with what has been announced regarding the Iran nuclear agreement,” Lankford said. “While I remain hopeful for a diplomatic solution, Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism according to our State Department. This fact is impossible to ignore.
“The initial reports suggest that the United Nations would have limited or delayed access to challenge inspections and the end to Iran’s arms embargo would end relatively quickly. The leadership of Iran is a threat to its neighbors and the world, therefore we should closely analyze and debate this deal before any sanctions relief occurs.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the nuclear deal a “mistake of historic proportions” and vowed to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
“I call on all of Israel’s leaders to set aside petty politics and to unite around the most fateful issue for the security of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said.
He said the deal makes the world a “much more dangerous place.”
On June 7, 1981, Israel conducted an airstrike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction southeast of Baghdad. That established the “Begin Doctrine,” which set a precedent for pre-emptive strikes on nuclear facilities that could make bombs that threaten Israel.
Netanyahu has indicated that he would consider a pre-emptive strike if he felt the existence of his country were at stake.
“We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything, and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement,” Netanyahu said. “We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.”
In the meantime, Israel will launch a lobbying effort to block Obama’s deal within the U.S. Congress.