Boehner: Iran Deal ‘Likely to Fuel a Nuclear Arms Race’

By Barbara Hollingsworth | July 14, 2015 | 9:32am EDT
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (AP photo)

( – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sharply criticized the deal Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated with Iran that lifts economic sanctions in exchange for Iran’s pledge to freeze its nuclear weapons program for the next 10 years.

“Instead of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, this deal is likely to fuel a nuclear arms race around the world,” Boehner said in a statement he released on Tuesday morning, shortly after the White House announced the "historic deal to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."

“At the outset of these talks, the Obama administration said it would secure an agreement that affirmed Iran does not have a right to enrich and permanently dismantles the infrastructure of its nuclear programs," Boehner said.

“It said that sanctions would not be lifted until Iran met concrete, verifiable standards. And if these terms were not met, the president promised he would walk away.

“The American people and our allies were counting on President Obama to keep his word. Instead, the president has abandoned his own goals. His ‘deal’ will hand Iran billions in sanctions relief while giving it time and space to reach a break-out threshold to produce a nuclear bomb – all without cheating,” Boehner added.

“Instead of making the world less dangerous, this ‘deal’ will only embolden Iran – the world’s largest sponsor of terror – by helping stabilize and legitimize its regime as it spreads even more violence and instability in the region.”

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