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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham: Tighter sanctions would get better Iran deal

August 26, 2015
In The News

Iran was the pressing topic as U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, met with The News-Star’s Editorial Board Wednesday morning.

Abraham said the agreement that would lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program does not do the job.

“Ten days ago, we got back from Israel,” he said. “We were able to meet with Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu. We met with his opposition leader, Isaac Herzog. Normally, those gentlemen are worlds apart on issues. On this Iran deal — that we will debate when we get back to Washington in a couple of weeks — they both believe it is a terrible mistake for the United States and the other nations to ratify this deal.

“Netanyahu said it’s not a deterrent to a nuclear weapon, but it’s a pathway – unrestricted – for a nuclear weapon. In less than a year, sanctions can be lifted. All of a sudden, we take the leading state-terrorist nation, and we give them up to $150 billion. All of a sudden, we make them one of the richest nations in the world.”

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