U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s announcement that the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program:
“The president’s deal with Iran failed to meet the only standard that ensures the future safety of America and its allies, which is the complete dismantling of Iran’s capability to build a nuclear bomb. The U.S.-Iran agreement also entangles the inspection process in red tape that will ultimately result in no verification of Iran’s nuclear facilities. Instead, Iran will get roughly 21 days to prepare for an inspection and even then there is no certainty that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors will get full access. President Reagan’s method to diplomatic negotiations was trust but verify. This deal has no guarantee of verification.
“The president’s agreement with Iran will also put the Middle East on the brink of a nuclear arms race, which will further destabilize the region.
In the meantime, the lifting of sanctions will infuse Iran with billions of dollars in assets and empower Iran with the ability to export more of its abundant energy resources. This will allow the international community to become dependent on Iran’s cheap energy, which in turn will make it more difficult to get them to re-impose sanctions the moment Iran violates the agreement, as we’ve seen in their lack of response to Russia’s recent aggression in Eastern Europe. I do not trust Iran who has been the leading state sponsor of terrorism for generations, and I have no faith that President Obama’s deal will change the irrational and dangerous behaviors of Iran’s government leaders.”