Politics

John Boehner: Iran Deal Will Spark 'A Nuclear Arms Race Around The World'

| by Maura Turcotte

As many celebrate a deal finally reached with Iran on its nuclear program, many others react with harsh criticism.

Leading the charge of critics was House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner strongly censured President Barack Obama’s deal, claiming it will “fuel a nuclear arms race around the world,” reports The Hill.

Under the agreement, Iran will receive relief from economic sanctions and in exchange will partially limit its nuclear activity, reports CNN. Boehner took issue with the terms.

“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,” Boehner said in his prepared remarks on the deal’s announcement, reports The Hill.

While Obama said the agreement will bring “real and meaningful change,” the speaker argued the president has “abandoned” many of the negotiating team's.goals. "The Obama administration 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,” Boehner said, according to The Hill.

Joining Boehner in his criticism was Israel. In fact, as The Washington Post reports, Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister, declared, “Today a terrorist nuclear superpower is born, and it will go down as one of the darkest days in world history.”   

Many in Israel liken Obama’s Iran agreement to former English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement with the Nazis in the 20th century. As a result, Israeli leaders believe Iran now poses a major threat to their state. Israel’s Science Minister Danny Danon said the deal “is like providing a pyromaniac with matches,” according to The Washington Post.

Israel’s only hope now is for Boehner and others in Congress who oppose the pact to take action. As Boehner explained, he will be closely reviewing the deal and will not support anything “that jeopardizes the safety of the American people and all who value freedom and security.”

“This isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats. It’s about right and wrong,” Boehner said in his statement. “And we will fight a bad deal that is wrong for our national security and wrong for our country.”

Sources: The Hill, The Washington Post, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr Creative Commons