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Lindsey Graham: Bad Deal with Iran Could Lead to War

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 02:29 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Tuesday that a bad deal with Iran aimed at ending its nuclear program could lead to war.

"A bad deal is allowing the Iranians the capability to produce a nuclear weapon. You've got to dismantle that program to protect us all, particularly Israel," the South Carolina Republican said on "Fox & Friends."

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Secretary of State John Kerry has been in talks to ease economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a freeze on its nuclear-development program. The proposal has met with opposition from a host of lawmakers, who insist that current sanctions against Tehran are working to keep the regime in check.

"What would be a bad deal, from the Israeli point of view, is if, at the end of the day, the deal allowed the Iranians the capability to develop a nuclear weapon," Graham said.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also opposes the proposed plan. A bad deal, he has said, could lead to a point "where your only option is a military option."

President Barack Obama planned to meet with key lawmakers Tuesday to ask them to refrain from imposing new sanctions against Iran, Fox News reported.

Graham said the president's plan to ease up on some sanctions was reminiscent of similar failed efforts with North Korea over its nuclear program.

"If you back off the sanctions, which the president wants us to do, if you infuse this regime with $10 billion, you don't dismantle their capabilities to produce a weapon," he said.

"The international community is going to say, 'Aha. Sanctions are behind us.' And, they're going to race to do business with Iran. And, that's exactly what happened in North Korea."

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