SEN. MARCO RUBIO RAMPS UP IRAN RHETORIC

Washington Times on April 19, 2015, reported on Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, suggesting that as an oil-rich country, Iran does not seek uranium enrichment capability for energy, but rather for military might. (Associated Press). Excerpts below:

Sen. Marco Rubio polished off his first week as a 2016 candidate on April 19 by saying Iran could face war unless it abandons all hope of developing a nuclear bomb, offering a dose of tough talk days after congressional Democrats struck a deal with Republicans to give Congress a say over an emerging deal between the Islamic Republic and the White House.

The Florida Republican said the best way to thwart Iran is to leave unilateral and international sanctions in place.

“You combine that with a very clear demarcation to the Iranian regime. And that is this. If you cross this threshold, you will face military action on the part of the United States,” he told CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “We don’t want that to happen. But the risk of a nuclear Iran is so great that that option must be on the table.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared a calibrated approach to the ongoing negotiations last week, with Republicans and Democrats unanimously approving a bill that would force any Iran nuclear deal to be submitted to Congress.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, was more direct, saying the president is heading down a dead-end road with Iran, as Capitol Hill moves to have a say in the pact.

“I think Barack Obama’s deal is deteriorating before our eyes,” he told “Fox News Sunday,” adding there’s not a “snowball’s chance” the current deal would earn Congress‘ blessing.

Rubio, meanwhile, suggested Iran is an oil-rich country that does not seek uranium enrichment capability for energy, but rather military might.

“If we don’t do it, someone else will,” he said. “The Saudis are not going to sit there and watch Iran build a Shia bomb without a Sunni bomb.”

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