Byrne Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announced nuclear agreement between the United States, Iran, France, China, United Kingdom, Russia, and Germany.
Byrne said: “From the start of these talks I have warned that President Obama and his negotiating team were desperate for a foreign policy victory, and I fear the safety of Americans and our allies in the Middle East will be at greater risk because of this deal.
“Iran is no friend of the United States, and we should all be concerned about what they will do with billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Even Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey has stated that sanctions relief would allow Iran to send more money to terrorist groups in the Middle East.
“Congress will now have an opportunity to closely scrutinize and vote on this agreement, and I call on my colleagues to look past the short-term rhetoric and instead focus on the long-term implications this deal could have on our national security and the safety of our allies abroad.”
Congressman Byrne is not alone in his concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. When the Defense Intelligence Agency briefed the Armed Services Committee earlier this year, they stated in no uncertain terms that, “…Iran’s goal is to develop capabilities that would allow it [to] build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons… The regime faces no insurmountable technical barrier to producing a nuclear weapon, making Iran’s political will the central issue.”