Senator David Perdue: We Must Not Allow Iran To Develop A Nuclear Weapon

(Not Now, Not In Ten Years, Not Ever)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today addressed Georgians about the importance of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Senator Perdue does not currently support the framework for a nuclear deal with Iran in its current form, given it allows Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability down the road. Later today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet to discuss the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. This legislation would require Congressional review of any nuclear agreement with Iran, and would prohibit the Obama Administration from suspending Congressional sanctions for 60 days.

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In my first three months as the junior Senator from Georgia and as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I have visited the Middle East twice already. And I’m convinced more than ever that we have a full-blown global security crisis.

In addition to ISIS and Russian aggression, the very real possibility of a nuclear Iran has become the world’s greatest threat to global security.

Like many of you, I am absolutely certain that we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon: Not now. Not in ten years. Not ever.

The deal being negotiated by the Obama Administration leaves Iran poised to have a nuclear weapon at the end of ten years.

President Obama himself conceded that this agreement will leave Iran’s breakout time to possess a nuclear weapon as “almost down to zero” after the deal sunsets.

In this deal, Iran is not required to dismantle any nuclear infrastructure and can continue its enrichment efforts into more advanced centrifuges that are 20 times faster than those they operate today. 

This deal claims adequate inspections, and yet the Supreme Leader has adamantly said he will not allow any inspections on any military installation. So much for transparency.

There is little doubt that a nuclear Iran would trigger a very serious nuclear arms race in the Middle East and potentially around the globe.

Iran is simply a bad actor. They have violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty repeatedly for decades. They are currently the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

Iran has also been responsible for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to detain American citizens within its borders.

The Obama Administration claims that the only alternative to this deal is war. That is simply not true. 

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, no deal is better than a bad deal. We should reinstate the serious sanctions on Iran that brought them to the bargaining table to begin with.

I am determined to make sure we don’t jeopardize the future safety of our kids and grandkids by making a bad deal with Iran.

It is critical to our national security and global security that the American people, through Congress, have final approval on any deal with Iran.

Before any sanctions are lifted, we need to be absolutely certain that Iran will never be able to overtly or covertly develop or procure nuclear weapons. Not now. Not in ten years. Not ever.

Thank you.