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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Rewarding Iran’s Decades-Long Assault on Peace

July 14, 2015
Press Release

Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced it had structured a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program:

“It is a complete fallacy to say the negotiations with Iran were complicated or even necessary. In fact, it is quite simple; we should have never begun negotiations in the first place. Once we began, Iran was legitimized. Our time and effort would have been better spent squeezing them further with more severe sanctions.

Instead, President Obama embarked on this needless effort to broker a deal which is nothing more than an attempt to mark history with an otherwise empty presidential legacy. Now Iran will receive billions in economic sanctions relief and will be allowed to further enrich materials for its centrifuges – many of which are already identified as weapons grade and unnecessary for their so-called ‘peaceful energy use.’ To suggest otherwise is reckless, ignorant and dangerous.

Iran is encouraged. They will continue to develop Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capabilities, sponsor terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah and further threaten peace and stability throughout our world. Dissolved sanctions surely mean terrorists will receive new supplies and cash injections to carry out terror operations.

You know this is a bad deal when Putin says it brings the world a sigh of relief. You know it is a bad deal when Assad hails it and when foreign business interests are itching to make a quick buck in a frozen market. Neither Russia nor Syria are friends to the United States, nor are they friends to our allies. I find their support a clear indication the United States has failed to secure the toughness and seriousness needed to end Iran’s nuclear weapons programs.

When the world’s most untrustworthy leaders hail a deal like this it makes Neville Chamberlain look like a tough guy.

What I fear most is what America and our allies may be called to do when Iran breaks this agreement, as I suspect it will.”

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