Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker previously vowed to undo any nuclear deal with Iran his first day as President if elected in 2016, and has now gone so far as to say he will do it even if allies of the United States want the deal to continue.
In an interview with radio host Charlie Sykes on Thursday — the same day negotiators from Iran, the U.S., and other major powers announced the framework for a deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program — Walker held firm to his stance on an Iran nuclear deal and when prompted, admitted he would not care what the United States’ allies thought.
SYKES: You have said that you would cancel any Iranian deal the Obama administration makes. Now would you cancel that even if our trading partners did not want to reimpose the sanctions?
WALKER: Absolutely. If I ultimately choose to run, and if I’m honored to be elected by the people of this country, I will pull back on that on January 20, 2017, because the last thing — not just for the region but for this world — we need is a nuclear-armed Iran. It leaves not only problems for Israel, because they want to annihilate Israel, it leaves the problems in the sense that the Saudis, the Jordanians and others are gonna want to have access to their own nuclear weapons…
The entire audio of the interview between Sykes and Walker is embedded below.
The Washington Post asked Peter Jaul, a Mideast analyst for the Center for American Progress, to explain what the consequences might be if the United States pulled out of the deal when European allies continue to believe it is the best way to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.
“The big questions would be, How would Europeans and Iranians react? It’s hard to believe that the Iranians would stick to their end of the deal,” Jaul said. “That would leave Iran open to take their nuclear program as far as they want.
“The Europeans would probably try to keep their portion of the deal in place and try to salvage it. This would place the burden of having blown up the deal on us. This would be particularly ironic, considering that a major Republican and conservative talking point is that the Obama administration is breaking faith with our allies. We would be alienating and breaking faith with our European allies right out of the gate. You’d be irreparably damaging our transatlantic relationships for however long Scott Walker were in office.
“Putin is not going to leave power anytime soon, unless he keels over. For all the talk about the Russian threat, it would be odd to throw our European allies under the bus on Iran at the same time they are facing down a Russia that is not particularly friendly.
“There would be a lot of ripple effects around wherever the U.S. and Europe have security cooperation. This is a reckless, irresponsible, shoot first, don’t-ask-questions-ever approach. It’s just not a viable strategy if your goal is to keep Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.”
The announcement on Thursday that an outline had been agreed upon by the United States, Iran, and five other world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief brings the possibility of a deal in the coming months all the more likely, reports Tea Party.
There will be another three months of negotiations wherein the nations will try to reach a comprehensive settlement.