U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today discussed his frustration with Senate Democrats for repeatedly blocking an up-or-down vote on the president’s nuclear deal with Iran, stifling the voices of the American people. Thune also discussed some of the dangers of the deal.
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“This agreement also allows Iran to keep its fortified nuclear facilities, and it gives Iran access to conventional weapons and ballistic missiles capable of delivering a warhead far beyond Iran’s borders.
“Plus, under this agreement, Iran will have full access to international markets and the materials and technical components it needs to build a bomb – material that right now it can only access through black market channels.
“Iran is playing the long game, and in the long term, this is a very good deal for Iran.
“And let’s be clear about Iran’s intentions regarding its nuclear program.
“Iran is NOT simply interested in pursuing a nuclear enrichment program for its civilian energy needs.
“Iran is interested in building a bomb.”