DECATUR– President Obama is hailing the recent nuclear agreement with Iran as a diplomatic win, however not everybody in Washington sees it that way.
Congressman Rodney Davis applauded the president for his work, but said he wasn’t sure if an agreement means the same thing to Iranian leadership as it does to American leadership, “You can make an agreement with anybody, but if the other side of it doesn’t intend on holding their side of the agreement up, that piece of paper means nothing.”
The agreement announced early Tuesday morning keeps the Middle Eastern country from developing nuclear weapons but will allow them to continue their nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The deal will also give Iran billions of dollars in sanction relief.
“Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said from the White House.
Davis said he likened the deal to the one then-president Bill Clinton made with North Korea in the early 1990s, “This is what happened with North Korea when Bill Clinton made an agreement with them to get rid of their nuclear weapons, right now they are armed with up to 50 nuclear weapons ready to use against anybody the crazy leader from North Korea decides to use them against.”
The agreement still needs congressional approval, which President Obama says he expects to happen. During his press conference at the White House, he said he would veto any attempts by congress to block the legislation. Congress has 60 days to approve the agreement.