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Rep. Randy Forbes: Don't Deal With Iran

By    |   Monday, 22 Sep 2014 02:16 PM

It would be "absolutely foolish" for the administration of President Barack Obama to make a deal with Iran over their nuclear weapons program in exchange for their participation in the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS), Rep. Randy Forbes told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

Secretary of State John Kerry has indicated the U.S. was open to discussions with Iran as the administration assembles a coalition against the terrorist militants, and on Friday said there was a "role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran."

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Forbes said on Monday that negotiating with Iran "would be absolutely foolish. We have to remember that a nuclear Iran is the most threatening thing to world peace today. We cannot allow that to happen."

"We're very concerned about Secretary Kerry and any kind of deals he might strike with Iran. We still have to remember, Iran is a major, major concern for many of us around the world. If they get a nuclear weapon, it's a huge game-changer in the Middle East. So, it's a very, very concerning process that we're monitoring very carefully right now," the Virginia Republican added.

Forbes, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he was not "100 percent against even talking to Iran," but said he feared talks could include putting "those sanctions back on the table, or anything Iran would do relative to a nuclear deal."

Forbes suggested the White House "develop a strategy that doesn't have to have Iran in it, and that brings the rest of our allies in to try to deal with (ISIS)."

Obama's foreign policy was causing U.S. allies to refrain from committing to the campaign against ISIS, Forbes explained, adding it was the job of America to take the "leadership role that we need to step up and help bring this together."

"Over and over again these world leaders are telling me when we meet with them that 'We need American leadership.' American leadership isn't sitting back and just saying 'We're going to wait and see what other countries do,'" he said.

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