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Iran deal will engender war, generals, admirals warn

By John Okeke, Abuja   |   30 August 2015   |   11:27 pm  
Iranian President,President Hassan Rouhani.

Iranian President,President Hassan Rouhani.

ABOUT 200 retired United States (U.S.) generals and admirals have signed an open letter opposing the Iran deal and urging Congress to reject the “defective” agreement.

They warn: “In our professional opinion, far from being an alternative to war, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action makes it likely that the war the Iranian regime has waged against us since 1979 will continue, with far higher risks to our national security interests.”

The generals and admirals, who have served under both Democrats and Republicans, warned that the Iran deal “will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests, as well as our allies.” The deal does not “cut off every path” to a nuclear weapon, they say, but “actually provides Iran with a legitimate path to doing that simply by abiding by the deal.”

The open letter, sent to leaders of both parties in Congress, noted that the agreement is “unverifiable” because of a weak inspections system and a secret side deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency that could allow Iran to control testing of military sites. It also warns that Iran will use $150 billion in sanctions relief to further terrorism against American allies around the world.



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