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Cole Statement on Iran Talks

April 3, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after tentative framework for a deal with Iran was announced yesterday by the P5+1 and European Union in Switzerland. Following the announcement, President Barack Obama praised the framework, calling it a “historic understanding with Iran.”

“The fact that President Obama believes that a deceptive regime, which is a state sponsor of terrorism, can be a trusted negotiating partner is both naïve and troubling,” said Cole. “In my opinion, the president is too concerned with claiming credit for what he believes will be a historic agreement. Certainly, it may be historic but not for the right reasons. America and our allies have everything to lose and nothing to gain by trusting Iran.

“Common sense and past experience should make it obvious that Iran's objective is to develop the capability to produce a nuclear weapon at a moment's notice. Furthermore, it should be plainly evident that the United States, Israel and our Middle Eastern allies sit atop the list of potential targets of such a weapon. By conceding to these dangerous and dishonest actors, the president is jeopardizing the safety of our country and that of our friends. 

“In my opinion, the president has an obligation to submit any agreement of this magnitude to Congress for its consideration. In the days ahead, I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to assure that he does so. Through their elected representatives, the American people deserve to see a vigorous debate and to have the final say on a matter of this scope and gravity,” concluded Cole.