VIDEO: Davis Warns Against a Bad Nuclear Arms Deal with Iran
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) last night warned against a bad nuclear arms deal with Iran during a Special Order on the House floor hosted by U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa. Davis compared this administration's potential deal with Iran to that of the United States' failed nuclear arms deal with North Korea in 1994.
Video of Davis’ speech can be seen by clicking here.
Text of Davis’ speech reads as follows:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to voice my concerns over the potential deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
“They will freeze and then dismantle their nuclear program. Our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons… The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor them to make sure it keeps its commitments.”
Sound familiar? That’s what President Clinton told the American people about the North Korean nuclear deal in 1994…
And today, North Korea has anywhere from 10-20 nuclear weapons in their arsenal and that number is expected to grow to fifty in the next five years.
Now we’re hearing this same type of posturing from this administration about the Iran negotiations.
The United States seems destined to repeat history…unwilling to hold our ground, and granting Iran extension after extension, and concession after concession.
As a strong supporter of increasing sanctions against Iran – which brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place – it’s common sense that additional sanctions could put even more pressure on them when they are already hurting from the low cost of oil.
Look, nobody believes Iran when they say their nuclear infrastructure is in place for peaceful purposes…if that were the case, they would have no need to enrich uranium past 3.5%.
Iran has a record filled with lies, deceit, sponsored terrorism, human rights violations, and the list goes on and on.
Just as North Korea couldn’t be trusted two decades ago, neither should Iran today.
Mr. Speaker, a nuclear Iran is not only a grave danger to American interests but to Israel – our strongest ally in the Middle East – and our many allies throughout the world.
Of course the world would be a much safer place if Iran were to neutralize their nuclear production facilities…if they would allow inspections at anytime…if they would disclose all military implications of its nuclear program…or if Iran were to demonstrate a better record on human rights.
But unfortunately these are just “what ifs” that have failed to happen today and I am afraid will never happen under this proposed deal. Mr. Speaker this is a bad deal.