Rubio Condemns Iran’s Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile Test
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement condemning Iran’s nuclear-capable ballistic missile test:
“It is clear that Iran’s latest nuclear-capable ballistic missile test is a flagrant violation of at least one United Nations Security Council resolution. In recent days, we have also seen reports that Iran has refused to provide basic information about its past nuclear weaponization work to the International Atomic Energy Agency. These are but two reminders that President Obama’s nuclear deal does nothing to halt Iran’s missile program or get to the bottom of Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons work. In fact, despite administration claims to the contrary, the financial windfall Iran will receive from the deal will undoubtedly strengthen its military programs, including its work on missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload to cities in the continental United States.
“Even as Iran exploits the nuclear deal, Tehran is stepping up its coordination with Moscow as they seek to prop up Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Its Revolutionary Guard Corps is expanding its tentacles throughout the region, sowing instability in at least four Arab countries simultaneously. The facts are clear: the nuclear deal is allowing Iran to undermine American interests and threaten the security of our allies in the Middle East. President Obama should reconsider the deal immediately and increase sanctions on Iran before Tehran receives billions of dollars. If he does not reconsider, our next president certainly must. The job of reasserting American leadership, however, will be much harder due to the delay.”