Obama’s Iran deal: ‘It’s a disaster’ for U.S. and the world
Obama’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran is a disaster for the United States and the international community, Sen. John McCain said on Monday, calling the agreement “a mistake” and saying it could lead to more sanctions against Iran.
McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement Monday that “President Obama’s deal with the Iranian regime is a catastrophic mistake, and he must be held accountable.”
“This deal has caused tremendous damage to the U.N. and our allies, and I hope President Obama will take responsibility and accept responsibility for it,” McCain said.
The nuclear deal was announced after months of negotiations between Iran and six world powers, led by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, which included Iran.
Under the deal, Iran will give up a major portion of its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in economic relief, a pledge that has angered many U.K. allies and prompted concerns among U.KS. allies in Europe and the Middle East.
McCains statement came a day after Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.S., said the deal could be a “game changer” in the war on terrorism.
“It will change the course of the war against ISIS, it will change how we’re dealing with the Iran nuclear deal, and it will give us a clear and direct pathway to a diplomatic resolution,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
McCains spokesman, Matt House, declined to respond to the criticism.
In a statement to The Associated Press, McCain said the U,S.
Congress and the American people should “stand firm against this disastrous deal that will be a disaster and a loss for the American nation.”
“It’s the last thing our nation needs, and the last way to defeat ISIS,” he said.
“And it should never happen again.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the deal is a “big mistake” that will lead to increased sanctions.
Zarif, in a rare interview with the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency, said Iran will “take all necessary measures” to “prevent its neighbors from taking unilateral measures” against Iran, according to a translation by the semi-official Fars news agency.
Zariff also said that U.SA, the international nuclear agency, has not yet made a final decision on the deal.
“The deal was reached between the U