Wicker Delivers Speech on Iran Negotiations

Miss. Senator Says ‘Bad Deal Would Spell Disaster for Israel’

March 12, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered a speech to the Senate regarding the Obama Administration’s ongoing negotiations with Iran.

Wicker pointed to testimony from Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, who today said, “Iran has failed to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve all outstanding concerns regarding its nuclear program, particularly those concerning its possible military dimensions.”

“This regime, which Adm. Gortney described, is the regime our President and the Secretary of State have confidence will live up to any nuclear agreement,” Wicker said. “We cannot ignore these warning signs of missed compliance and uncooperative behavior, while expecting Iran to make good on its promise.

“I am concerned that the Administration might be too generous with concessions to Iran, as it has been with deals in the past. Time is running out for the President to establish his legacy in office – a dangerous motivation for negotiations with the unreliable and volatile nation Adm. Gortney described today.

“America can succeed, if we demonstrate the fortitude and resolve necessary to defend freedom and stop those who threaten it. This includes taking an honest look at Iran’s past and present behavior before we cut a deal that we regret.”

Wicker is a supporter of bipartisan legislation to ensure that the American people have a say in any agreement that might be reached between the White House and Iran. He also stressed that congressional approval would add legitimacy to any such deal.

Wicker also highlighted the White House’s failed “reset” with Russia as another example of “the Administration’s past reliance on empty promises from adversaries.

“Although heralded as a signature initiative by the President and his foreign policy team, the ‘reset’ has only empowered President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to rebuild the Soviet empire.”