US Sen. Graham blasts Iran nuclear conclusion as ‘death sentence for Israel’
US presidential candidate and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has described the conclusion of nuclear talks with Iran as “a possible death sentence for Israel” which will “make everything worse.”
A well-known foreign policy hawk, Sen. Graham of South Carolina sharply criticized US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for their role in the nuclear talks and their policies in the Middle East.
“This is most dangerous, irresponsible step I’ve ever seen in the history of watching the Mideast,” Graham said in an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday.
He called the nuclear conclusion “akin to declaring war on Israel and the Sunni Arabs.”
In an apparent attempt to appeal to Jewish voters and the Israeli lobby, Graham called on Congress to reject the achievement.
The senator said he would not give the Iranians “a penny” until they “changed their behavior.”
The text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was finalized earlier on Tuesday. According to the text, Iran will be recognized by the United Nations as a nuclear power and will continue its uranium enrichment program.
According to Iranian officials, the JCPOA will be presented to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which will adopt a resolution in seven to 10 days making it an official document.
The US Congress now has 60 days to review the text and vote to either approve or disapprove of it.
“Barack Obama and John Kerry have been dangerously naive about the Mideast in general. They’ve taken it to a new level and any senator who votes for this is voting for a nuclear arms race in the Mideast,” Sen. Graham said.
Addressing the nation from the White House on Tuesday, Obama said he would veto any legislation from lawmakers that “prevents the successful implementation of the deal.”
Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – had been engaged in crucial talks in Vienna towards reaching a landmark agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program.