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Rep. McCaul: Iran Deal Could Lead to Nuclear Arms Race

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 01:45 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The nuclear weapons deal between the United States and Iran could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, Rep. Michael McCaul said Wednesday.

"If we lift the sanctions, [Secretary of State John Kerry] will allow Iran to continue enriching uranium," McCaul told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

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"It's empowering other partners in the Middle East to possibly do the same. It could start a nuclear arms race," the Texas Republican said.

McCaul is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairs the Homeland Security Committee. Kerry appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday to answer questions about the recent agreement with Iran.

Earlier this year, the House approved in a bipartisan vote, additional sanctions against Iran. McCaul said the purpose of the bill was to give Kerry "a better hand to play" in negotiations.

"When you go into negotiation, you need all the leverage you can get to play your best hand at the table," McCaul said. "And yet, he does not want us to go down that road."

McCaul questioned whether Iran was negotiating in good faith. He called Kerry "naive" to negotiate with a country that's called for the "destruction of Israel and the West, including the United States."

"Just last week, the president of Iran basically said the centrifuges will never stop spinning. I think that's very insightful as to their intent," he said.


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