Iran deal ‘a blow to our allies,’ Rubio says

The Hill – by Kyle Balluck

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) late Saturday an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions would likely allow Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons capability.

“This agreement will not ‘freeze’ Iran’s nuclear program and won’t require the regime to suspend all enrichment as required by multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” the Florida Republican said in a statement. “By allowing the Iranian regime to retain a sizable nuclear infrastructure, this agreement makes a nuclear Iran more likely. There is now an even more urgent need for Congress to increase sanctions until Iran completely abandons its enrichment and reprocessing capabilities.”  

“This agreement shows other rogue states that wish to go nuclear that you can obfuscate, cheat, and lie for a decade, and eventually the United States will tire and drop key demands. Iran will likely use this agreement – and any that follows that does not require any real concessions – to obtain a nuclear weapons capability,” the potential GOP presidential candidate added.

Rubio said the agreement was “a blow to our allies in the region who are already concerned about America’s commitment to their security and it sends the wrong message to the Iranian people, who continue to suffer under the repressive rule of their leaders who have only their own self-preservation in mind.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected the agreement, saying it “has made the world a much more dangerous place.”

“Israel is not bound by this agreement,” Netanyahu added. “We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapons capability.”

“Just days ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, who will oversee implementation of this agreement, was calling Israel a ‘rabid dog’ and accusing the United States of war crimes,” Rubio said. “Yet today President Obama is asking us to accept the pledges of this regime, which still refuses to end its support for terrorism and admit the illicit nature of its past nuclear work.”

“For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back,” President Obama said in remarks at the White House. Obama emphasized that the six-month deal was just a “first step,” but a critical one.

“This first step will create time and space over the next six months for more negotiations to fully address our comprehensive concerns about the Iranian program. And because of this agreement, Iran cannot use negotiations as cover to advance its program,” he said.

9 thoughts on “Iran deal ‘a blow to our allies,’ Rubio says

  1. First batch of the Israeli shills and carpetbaggers to emerge from the shadows…

    They are emerging over here in the UK, all can be shown to have Israeli interests through the website

    Oil companies are aghast too, if Iran behaves and follows the deal, it could see Iranian cheap oil back in the fray pushing prices down something the Saudi’s are pissed about.

    Could this be a sign of US disengagement from the Middle East? After all since America became fairly oil independent, the need for Saudi oil is pretty negated, I think Israel really wants to think about the peace thing if this is true because the big boy with the big stick is about to move to a different school and all those other kids whacked with that big stick want a chat sometime soon…

      1. My fair reply:

        As Chevy Chase said as Clark Griswold in the movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:

        [as an entourage of suits – lead by Clark’s boss – passes by single file]

        “Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.”

        1. Rubio? This clown came from nowhere. Another electoral college piece of garbage. This guy wouldn’t know the definition of a true US patriot if Jefferson himself gave him an over the head wedgy……

  2. I think this is a problem (not Iran, but Israel), reaction (from the world), solution (Iran sanctions) scenario playing out here … but to what end?

    It certainly is flushing out the Israel supporters in our government. Is that a good thing? Or is it a game being played with/for the American people? Again . . . to what end?
    . . .

  3. What’s needed here is a blow to Rubio’s head – with a Louisville Slugger.

    This is a whole new ballgame. I didn’t expect Iran to make ANY deals concerning their (peaceful) nuclear program.

    This opens up a whole new set of possibilities.

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