Rubio: Next president can kill Iran nuclear agreement

Rubio: Next president can kill Iran nuclear agreement
# 23 July 2015 01:28 (UTC +04:00)

Speaking on Thursday during a US Senate hearing on the conclusion of Iran nuclear talks, Rubio said, “I do think it’s important for the world and especially for Iran to understand that as far as American sanctions are concerned, this is a deal whose survival is not guaranteed beyond the term of the president.”

Rubio told Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that he hopes “the next president is someone who will remove the national security waiver and re-impose the congressional sanctions that were passed by Congress, because this deal is fundamentally and irreparably flawed.”

Iran and the P5+1 group announced the conclusion of nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14, following more than two weeks of intense negotiations.

According to the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran will be recognized by the United Nations as a nuclear power and will continue its uranium enrichment program.

Some restrictions will be placed on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Most Republicans oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, but they need a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress to override a presidential veto and to reach that threshold, Republicans need Democrats’ support.

The White House has launched a sales pitch to the Republican-controlled Congress, which 60 days to vote to either approve or disapprove of it.

“Even if this deal narrowly avoids congressional defeat because we can’t get to that veto-proof majority... the Iranian regime and the world should know that the majority of members of this Congress do not support this deal, and the deal can go away the day that President Obama leaves office,” Rubio said.

Analysts say Republican presidential candidates are opposing the nuclear agreement to avoid angering the pro-Israel lobby and preventing their Democratic rivals from getting any political advantage by resolving the Iranian nuclear issue.