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Ex-Ambassador Eric Javits: Bad Iran Nuclear Deal 'Is Disaster'

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 01:30 PM

While those in the Obama administration have said that "a bad deal is better than no deal" when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, former Ambassador Eric Javits tells Newsmax TV that a "bad deal is disaster."

"It looks like we're ready to trash the nonproliferation treaty, which is the essential structure and groundwork of all arms control to try to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons," said Javits, who was Ambassador and Permanent U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague under former President George W. Bush.
 
"Many countries gave up their aspirations to become nuclear powers in exchange for the pledge that ultimately the few nuclear powers would ultimately disarm and, of course, without any timetable, but that was the original intention," he said to J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" Wednesday.

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"Every administration before this administration has aspired to have a fissile material cut-off treaty," Javits said. "It never happened in Geneva at the Conference on Disarmament when I was there, but it was the idea of not having any fissile material being produced any longer.

"Here we have fissile material that's being sought by Iran," he said.

Iran wants to become "the hegemon of the Middle East," Javits said, and "have all the elements of a nuclear warhead mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile."

If the current deal being negotiated merely rolls back or delays the development of a nuclear weapon, that will lead other countries "to jettison the idea of a nonproliferation treaty and to arm themselves, and we'll be in a mess with everybody having nuclear weapons," the former ambassador said.

"Sooner or later, that's going to cause a conflagration, but one which the world doesn't truly understand until it happens and that's too late."

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Monday, the day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress, that "a bad deal is worse than no deal. And if that is the choice then there will be no deal."

Netanyahu told Congress that "if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons — it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them."

He added that the current deal being negotiated "won't be a farewell to arms, it will be a farewell to arms control."

Said Javits: "If you go forward to the ultimate day — if it's 10 years, 15 years, or 20 years — when zealots of this type have the nuclear weapon with their ambitions to recreate the empire, it's going to spell disaster."

Because "every other country in that area will have weapons by that time."

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While those in the Obama administration have said that "a bad deal is better than no deal" when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, former Ambassador Eric Javits tells Newsmax TV that a "bad deal is disaster."
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