Rep. Paul Cook Issues Statement on Framework Deal with Iran
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) issued the following statement regarding the emerging details about the Obama Administration’s framework deal with Iran:
Cook said, “The outline for a proposed Iran nuclear deal is even worse than people feared. Under the terms of this deal, there will be no closing of nuclear facilities, and Iran will be allowed to continue research and development on its own schedule. Ignoring UN resolutions demanding an end to enrichment activity, this deal actually allows Iran to continue enriching uranium.
“Even more troubling, the deal does nothing to eliminate Iranian nuclear activities at Fordow, an underground bunker built into the side of a mountain. President Obama himself said that ‘We know they [Iran] don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful program.’ Not only does this deal allow them to continue nuclear research at Fordow, but it allows them to keep using nuclear centrifuges there.
“Most of this deal is also time-limited to ten years. After this time, the majority of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will be lifted entirely, leaving Iran with a free hand to build a nuclear arsenal. Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to the world because of the nature of its regime. As long as it is the world’s leading sponsor of terror and threatens war and genocide against its neighbors, Iran can never be allowed to have a nuclear program.
“Today’s nuclear outline does nothing meaningful to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and there’s no reason to think that further negotiations with this rogue government will produce better results. It’s time for the administration to walk away from the table with Iran and sit down with Congress to approve new sanctions. These sanctions will either force a real end to Iran’s nuclear program or will disrupt the Iranian economy until the terrorist regime in Tehran collapses.”