Dear Fellow Hoosier,
As you may know, the House of Representatives recently rejected President Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran by voting down H.R. 3461, a bill to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran. I, along with 268 of my colleagues on both sides of the isle, voted against President Obama’s deal with Iran because it is a bad deal negotiated from a position of weakness that does little to achieve the goals that were promised to the American people.
Unfortunately, the agreement negotiated by Secretary John Kerry fails to make the world a safer place, and even worse, paves the way to a nuclear Iran. President Obama’s nuclear deal will release over $150 billion in frozen economic assets that will undoubtedly be funneled to terrorist organizations that kill Americans and threaten the existence of our allies. President Obama has publicly admitted as much. Additionally, the deal lifts conventional weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile bans that will allow Iran to deal weapons with countries like China, Russia, and North Korea.
Our negotiators, led by Secretary Kerry, failed to secure the release of four American hostages still detained in Iran, failed to guarantee transparent international inspections of all possible Iranian nuclear sites at any time, and failed disclose to the American people and Congress the still-secret International Atomic Energy Agency side deals providing Iran excessive advance warning before inspections as well as allowing Iran to lead inspections of its own sites. Furthermore, nearly 200 retired American military generals and admirals sent a letter to Congress pleading opposition to the deal.
I am also concerned this deal with Iran will set a precedent for other recalcitrant nations to use threats of nuclear ambitions as bargaining chips for short-term economic gains. President Clinton promised a safer world when he negotiated the dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear program in the 1994 Agreed Framework. In exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed on the rogue state, North Korea was supposed to allow full access to international inspectors. Yet just a few years later, North Korea expelled the international nuclear inspectors, left the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and subsequently detonated its first nuclear bomb. Even now, North Korea is again threatening to expand its nuclear program following the recent events surrounding the negotiations with Iran.
I cannot trust a violent regime that publicly chants “death to America”, that refers to the United States as “the great satan”, and that is led by a radical extremist who just a few days ago promised to destroy Israel within the next 25 years. As a member of Congress who swore an oath to protect the American people, I cannot support this deal.
Please visit my website at www.bucshon.house.gov/press-release/irandeal to review and comment on the text of the Iran nuclear deal that was released to Congress and the public. It is an honor to serve you and the people of the 8th District of Indiana.
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D.
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