Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Morgan Griffith on Iran

From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):


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Rogue Iran
President Obama’s bad nuclear deal with Iran entered a new phase on Sunday, October 18, which supporters of the deal are calling “Adoption Day.”  This day is marked 90 days after the deal was endorsed by the United Nations.  While different from full implementation of the deal, as reported by CNN, this “…means that officials from Iran, the United States and other world powers involved in the deal get started turning it into reality.”

In other words, Iran is responsible for beginning to freeze parts of its nuclear program while other nations involved, including the United States, will begin working to terminate sanctions.

The White House touted “Adoption Day,” noting the President’s confidence “…in the extraordinary benefits to our national security and the peace and security of the world.”

I, on the other hand, have many concerns and am opposed to this deal.  Recent actions by Iran have not relieved me of my fears.

For example, as was reported last week by Reuters: “The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in ‘clear violation’ of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.”

Further, Iranian media reported last week that Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian – who has been jailed in Tehran for more than fourteen months on charges of espionage – was convicted.  As you may recall, when the nuclear deal was announced, I and others were shocked and disappointed to learn Rezaian and other American prisoners being held in Iran were not included in the terms of the deal, instead left by the Administration to languish in Iran.

Rezaian’s trail reportedly took place in secret behind closed doors.  Additionally, despite the protests of many, information has not been provided by Iranian officials as to his verdict or the sentence.  The Washington Post reports Rezaian “potentially faces a sentence of 10 to 20 years.”

While the ink is drying however unfortunately on this deal, Iran continues disregarding most of the international community and acting like a rogue nation.

Considering these and other actions by Iran, I find it difficult to believe officials in Tehran will uphold their side of this bad Obama-driven deal.
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