Rep. Bishop Reacts to Iran Deal

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement following the Obama Administration’s announcement of an agreement with Iran:

“In March of this year I joined with 366 other members of Congress – on both sides of the aisle – to tell President Obama what we expected from these negotiations with Iran. Based on early reviews, I’m afraid this agreement fails to satisfy those demands. I fear that the proposed deal does nothing to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapon capabilities. As stated in our letter, ‘Iran’s record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran.’

“I’m concerned that this deal could do much to embolden the threat of terror in the Middle East and the United States. The potential lifting of sanctions frees up $150 billion for Iran to spend on further arming terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah. In addition, no Middle-Eastern Sunni nations were represented in these negotiations. ISIS forces can use this fact to foster potential support among Sunnis who may be leery of the U.S. making deals with a Shia Iran.

“This deal threatens the safety of America and her allies. A US President should be in the business of protecting the US, not simply seeking to secure a faux legacy built on bad deals.”