Walker joins fellow Republican candidates in condemnation of Iran deal
Governor Scott Walker Tuesday joined the chorus of Republican voices criticizing a historic nuclear agreement reached with Iran calling it one of America's worst diplomatic failures. \"The deal allows Tehran to dismantle U.S. and international sanctions without dismantling its illicit nuclear infrastructure -- giving Iran’s nuclear weapons capability an American stamp of approval. In crafting this agreement, President Obama has abandoned the bipartisan principles that have guided our nonproliferation policy and kept the world safe from nuclear danger for decades. Instead of making the world safer, this deal will likely lead to a nuclear arms race in the world’s most dangerous region,\" Walker said in a statement.
Walker officially jumped into the 2016 race for president on Monday, joining 14 other announced candidates seeking the Republican nomination. But Walker’s statement does not separate him from the pack. By Tuesday afternoon every Republican candidate had spoken publicly in some way against the Iran deal. Joining them in condemnation is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Speaking from the White House this morning, President Obama said that with the deal, \"every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off\" for Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the \"historic\" deal opened a “new chapter” in Iran’s relation with the world.
The deal itself was brokered by the U.S. along with the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany. It is meant to limit Iran's nuclear program to something that is safe, small, and peaceful and impose invasive inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities to make sure the government is keeping to its end. In exchange, Iran gets relief from some of the economic sanctions that have crippled its economy. In broader terms, the deal seeks to avoid a future war.