Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reiterated his vehement opposition to the Obama Administration’s negotiations with Iran, issuing a statement on Tuesday morning saying that the announced deal “undermines our national security.”
As Breitbart News reported, world leaders announced the deal from Vienna on Tuesday. The 159-page deal drops all financial and economic sanctions against Iran, and imposes a special dispute resolution process before the United States or European Union can impose any new sanctions. Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear enrichment activities for eight years, its stockpile of enriched uranium, and its research and development efforts.
Rubio’s full statement:
I have said from the beginning of this process that I would not support a deal with Iran that allows the mullahs to retain the ability to develop nuclear weapons, threaten Israel, and continue their regional expansionism and support for terrorism.
Based on what we know thus far, I believe that this deal undermines our national security. President Obama has consistently negotiated from a position of weakness, giving concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands, holds Americans hostage, and has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed.
I expect that a significant majority in Congress will share my skepticism of this agreement and vote it down. Failure by the President to obtain Congressional support will tell the Iranians and the world that this is Barack Obama’s deal, not an agreement with lasting support from the United States.
It will then be left to the next President to return us to a position of American strength and re-impose sanctions on this despicable regime until it is truly willing to abandon its nuclear ambitions and is no longer a threat to international security.
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