Rep. Yoho Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) issued the following statement in response to today’s P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) Iranian Nuclear Arms Agreement:
“As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a concerned American, I believe this deal with Iran is a bad deal for America and the world. For roughly eighteen months of negotiations, we have seen our Administration abandon its original benchmarks for an acceptable deal, negotiate from position of weakness, and embolden a revolutionary theocracy and a known state sponsor of terrorism.
“While it looks like they have delayed Iran’s nuclear weapons capability on paper, I am not naïve to think Iran will completely abandon their true goal of building a nuclear weapon. All of the benchmarks of this agreement, in relation to Iran’s uranium enrichment program, expire over time. So, despite all the handshakes and backslaps, today’s news is a loss for our national security and will surely worsen an already unstable Middle East.
“The lifting of economic sanctions –which were working - without guarantees that Iran will stop sponsoring terrorism only solidifies the fact that Iran will emerge from the end of this agreement stronger and wealthier. This increased wealth will enable them to realize their stated goal of wiping Israel off the face of the earth and increasing their support of terrorist activities in the region.”
“It is difficult for me to find a silver lining in this current agreement as I watch videos of Iranians celebrating in the streets of Tehran while shouting, ‘Death to America.’”
Congressman Ted Yoho serves on the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. He represents North Florida’s 3rd Congressional District