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Dem Rep. Sherman: Administration Argument for Iran Deal 'Preposterous'

By    |   Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 07:58 PM

The number two Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday that the Obama Administration was making a "preposterous argument" by suggesting that Iran might not develop a nuclear weapon because it would be illegal to do so under terms of an agreement with the United States.

California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman made the comment during a tense exchange with Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, who expressed doubt that Iran would violate a deal with the United States.

Breitbart posted video of the exchange.

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The "bottom line" is that under such an accord "Iran cannot become a nuclear state," Blinken said. It would be "legally bound under the [international Nuclear] Non-Proliferation Treaty not to make or acquire a nuclear weapon," Blinken declared.

Sherman, now in his 10th term in Congress, appeared incredulous to learn that one of the country's most senior diplomats believed that Iran could be expected to abide by a treaty and would not try to "sneak out" and develop nuclear weapons regardless of its obligations.

Sherman told Blinken that "you have misled this committee" by claiming that it would be possible to prevent Iran from clandestinely developing nuclear weapons.

"You've said first that, well, they can't develop a nuclear weapon because that would be illegal," the California Democrat told Blinken. "That's a preposterous argument," Sherman said, noting Tehran's long record of treaty violations and deception regarding its nuclear program.

"Obviously, they're willing to break the law," Sherman added.

Blinken, however, dug in, saying that if Tehran signs an agreement, it must know that there will be "severe consequences" if it cheats.

Sherman told Blinken that he is offended to hear administration claims that Congress has been "interfering and undermining" U.S. diplomacy with Iran, stating that: "When you read the United States Constitution, you will see that when it comes to economic sanctions and international economics, all the power is vested Congress except to the extent that the president negotiates a treaty that is ratified by the Senate."

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The number two Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday that the Obama Administration was making a "preposterous argument" by suggesting that Iran might not develop a nuclear weapon because it would be illegal to do so under terms of an agreement with the United States.
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