Press Release: This morning, the Obama administration announced a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement in response.
All signs point to this deal being a disaster. The president’s arguments to the contrary don’t change the facts: the agreement will give Iran billions in sanctions relief, all while allowing centrifuges to continue spinning as Iran moves toward a nuclear weapon. The deal also fails to address Iran’s brutal human rights violations and its destabilizing activities in the region and around the world. Instead, the deal will simply give Iran billions of dollars to intensify its role as a state sponsor of terror throughout the region. The framework of capitulation the administration continues to champion threatens the security of the entire free world.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reaction to the announcement summed it up well: ‘Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. This is a bad mistake of historic proportions.’ I share his concerns – Iran cannot be trusted. The Obama administration has a history of ignoring Iran’s national strategy of deception. The agreement announced today is based on the mistaken assumption that Iran can be trusted as an honest negotiating partner, despite its track record to the contrary.
Because of legislation passed in May, this agreement will now come before Congress for review instead of going into effect immediately. It is up to Congress to provide a backstop between a nuclear Iran and the security of the United States and our allies abroad. The agreement announced by the president will endanger our allies and embolden our enemies and I cannot, in good faith to my nation, accept any deal that would allow Iran to continue marching toward a nuclear weapon.
U.S. Representative Ratcliffe represents 18 counties in North and East Texas. He is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, chairman of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee and member of the House Judiciary Committee. Ratcliffe is a former terrorism prosecutor and U.S. Attorney. Ratcliffe was recently named as one of five freshman appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel.