The Iran nuclear deal, signed by U.S. president Barack Obama, fuels nuclear arms race in the Middle East region. Key political officials were one in saying that the deal spells doom, like a death sentence lurking in the corner. In the U.S., presidential 2016 hopefuls are condemning the Obama administration.
The Iran nuclear deal signed by the P5 + 1 will suspend Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years. However, while the suspension is in place, significant sanctions on Iran are lifted – something that the Middle East Region finds terrifying.
Meanwhile, Russia seemed to have won hands down as it already signed nuclear contracts with Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Mr Obama on the other hand upholds that the deal cut offs Iran’s every pathway in developing a nuclear weapon.
Iran Nuclear Deal fires up nuclear war over the Middle East region and death to America
With the Iran nuclear deal in place, Iran now obtained “the path it has been seeking for almost 35 years,” said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
“The other states in the region are not going to sit idly by, which is why in effect the nuclear arms race is already underway,” Bolton told Fox News.
An unnamed intelligence official who has spoken with Fox News on condition of anonymity revealed that U.S. country allies in the Middle East felt they were ditched by Obama.
“The race is on, and the U.S. has got to get in the driver’s seat. The administration has created a major void, allowing an opening for Russia,” the intelligence source told Fox News.
Every country in the Middle East will scramble to develop their own nuclear weapons, Sen Lindsey Graham told CNN.
“The worst possible outcome of the deal would be to create a nuclear arms race in the Mideast where Sunni Arabs feel threatened. So every Arab nation is going to have to say the following about 15 years from now, they’re going to have a nuclear weapon, so we better get started on ours.”
Former Arkansas Gov Mike Huckabee said the deal “brings death to America.”
“Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry out its threat to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ and bring ‘death to America,” Huckabee said in a statement.
“John Kerry should have long ago gotten up on his crutches, walked out of the sham talks, and went straight to Jerusalem to stand next to Benjamin Netanyahu and declared that America will stand with Israel and the other sane governments of the Middle East instead of with the terrorist government of Iran,” he added.
Sen Marco Rubio said the nuclear deal has American blood all over it.
“President Obama has consistently negotiated from a position of weakness, giving concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands, holds Americans hostage, and has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed. I expect that a significant majority in Congress will share my skepticism of this agreement and vote it down,” Rubio said.
Former Florida Gov Jeb Bush described the deal as “dangerous, deeply flawed and short sighted deal.”
“Based on initial reports and analysis, it appears this agreement does not ‘cut off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon’ — in fact, over time, it paves Iran’s path to a bomb. Most of the key restrictions last for only 10 to 15 years. Even before the deal expires, it could allow Iran to develop an industrial-scale enrichment program and continue its R&D on advanced centrifuges and development of an ICBM,” Bush said.
Ben Carson described the deal as “a recipe for disaster and the first fateful step toward a frenzied nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”
Russia won hands down
As other world leaders expressed anxiety over the deal, Russian president Vladimir Putin seemed to be in a celebratory mood. In a statement, Mr Putin said that the Iran nuclear deal guarantees that the bilateral relations between Russia and Iran will receive a new impetus and will no longer be influenced by external factors.
“We expect that all the parties concerned, primarily the six states involved in the negotiations, will comply with the deal in full. The political will demonstrated by these six states and Iran in the course of these negotiations is a guarantee of the successful implementation of the plan of action designed for the long term,” Mr Putin said in a statement.
“Russia will do everything in its power to ensure the full implementation of the Vienna agreements, assisting in strengthening global and regional security, global nuclear non-proliferation, the creation in the Middle East of a zone free from weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, and the mobilization of a broad coalition in the region to counter terrorist threats,” Mr Putin said.
Russia had already signed nuclear contracts with Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In Egypt in February, Russia signed a deal to help Cairo build and operate its first nuclear reactor. In Jordan in March, Mr Putin signed a $10 billion to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. In Saudi in June, Mr Putin signed a nuclear deal of which details remained classified.
Obama upholds Iran Nuclear deal
In a statement, Mr Obama said that without the deal, there would be no agreed-upon limitations for the Iranian nuclear program. If he walked away from the deal, it would mean no lasting constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.
“Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region. Because of this deal, the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon,” Mr Obama said in a statement.
Key points of the deal, according to the Statement by the President on Iran:
– “Iran will remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges — the machines necessary to produce highly enriched uranium for a bomb — and store them under constant international supervision. Iran will not use its advanced centrifuges to produce enriched uranium for the next decade. Iran will also get rid of 98 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium.”
“To put that in perspective, Iran currently has a stockpile that could produce up to 10 nuclear weapons. Because of this deal, that stockpile will be reduced to a fraction of what would be required for a single weapon. This stockpile limitation will last for 15 years,” Mr Obama outlined.
– “Iran will modify the core of its reactor in Arak so that it will not produce weapons-grade plutonium. And it has agreed to ship the spent fuel from the reactor out of the country for the lifetime of the reactor. For at least the next 15 years, Iran will not build any new heavy-water reactors.”
– “Iran [Inspectors] will have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain — its uranium mines and mills, its conversion facility, and its centrifuge manufacturing and storage facilities. This ensures that Iran will not be able to divert materials from known facilities to covert ones. Some of these transparency measures will be in place for 25 years.”
– “Inspectors will also be able to access any suspicious location. The IAEA, will have access where necessary, when necessary. That arrangement is permanent. And the IAEA has also reached an agreement with Iran to get access that it needs to complete its investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s past nuclear research.”
– “Iran is permanently prohibited from pursuing a nuclear weapon under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which provided the basis for the international community’s efforts to apply pressure on Iran.”
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